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I remember the night my moth was stung by a scorpion. Ten of steady rain had driven him to crawl beneath a sack of rice. Parting with his poison of diabolic tail. Read the poem once. It is about the night when the poet's mother is bitten by a scorpion. I remember the night my mother. Was stung by a scorpion. Ten hours. In this poem Ezekiel remembers “the night” his “mother was stung by a scorpion”. The poem is not really about the scorpion or its sting. It contrasts the reactions.


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Nissim Ezekiel ( - ) was born in India to an Indian Jewish family. He studied in Bombay and London. He wrote eight collections of poetry and won the. NIGHT OF THE SCORPION. 'Night of the Scorpion', in which Ezekiel recalls the behaviour of 'the peasants', his father, his mother and a holy man when his. mother) in a village is stung by a scorpion. Concerned neighbours pour into her hut to offer advice and help. All sorts of curses are tried by the neighbours, her.

The speaker is displeased by their arrival, comparing them to flies unwanted and irritating as they veritably buzzed around the mother. They tried to provide reasons and many relied on superstition to guess what the problem was.

The villagers tried to find the scorpion but they couldn't. By saying," With candles and with lanterns throwing giant scorpion shadows on the sun-baked walls. This could also be implying that the shadows of the various house hold utensils and other items are converted by the brain of the searchers into the shadow of a scorpion- as that is what they are looking for. Many things were tried to help relieve the mother's pain but none worked.

The speaker watches, helpless.

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Most critics have contented themselves with the ordinary, literal meaning as given in the previous paragraph, and have commented accordingly2. The conclusion of "Night of the Scorpion", like the concluding couplet in the sonnets of Shakespeare, is so striking that critics have riveted their attention on the last three lines of the poem and interpreted the entire piece on the basis of these three lines alone and the person who speaks them.

These lines, poignant and memorable no doubt, comes in the guise of a surprising twist like the ending of a Jeffrey Archer short story on the unsuspecting reader and is of such magnitude that it gets embedded in his mind.

As a result, many images and markers in the poem, placed at important and strategic points by the poet, are completely ignored by the reader, with the result that he fails to grasp what the poet wants to convey and ends up clutching at straws.

My interpretation of this poem, gender-centric like many other analyses, is this. The woman dealt with in the poem is a prostitute, a village prostitute.

The scorpion in that case may be symbolic of the males who enjoy her. That this contact is unnatural and exploitative is indicated by the pain which lays the woman low. One does not need to read the novel or watch the movie Devdas to know that many men indulge in harlot-chasing to seek temporary relief from the vagaries of a cruel, pitiless world.

Night of the Scorpion by Nissim Ezekiel

Importantly, the scorpion that enters the room takes shelter under a sack of rice, indicating that prostitution is the major occupation of the woman, enabling her to eke out a measly income for herself and her children. We thus find that in the title and first seven lines of the poem there are enough clues to afford a radically different interpretation.

The poem gets more interesting from the eighth line onwards, as the action becomes more complex. The cries of the woman bring the peasants running to her.

No wonder then that the villagers' subsequent search for the offending scorpion proves futile; it was only to be expected because the scorpion that had bitten the woman that particular night the male who had enjoyed the whore that night had become a homogeneous part of the crowd of peasants in the room. The irony is not lost on the readers.

At this point the poet is clearly enjoying himself for there is a continuation of the ironical, mocking tone.

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The peasants wish the scorpion to be stilled, but offer a bit of consolation for the mother. They, deep in their superstitions, say to the mother that the poison will burn away the sins of her previous birth, and decrease the suffering of her next. This is a reference to the traditional Hindu belief of reincarnation.

Due to their lowly social status it was believed that the mother must have committed some kind of grievous sin to be condemned to this life, and that perhaps this suffering she is going through will improve her chances of being reincarnated into a higher position in her next life.

This stanza continues into the next in which the speaker continues relaying the words of the peasants.

They wish that the pain the mother is experiencing will purify her flesh, of desire, and your spirit ambition, The peasants have given up their search for the scorpion and are now sitting around the mother with her at the center of a circle.

The speaker describes each peasant as wearing a face that is peaceful with understanding. The next two lines allow for quick progression of time. Ezekiel lists a number of developments and additions to the story. It can be assumed that quite a large crowd has gathered around the mother.

Many there to help, and probably some there just to observe. At this point in the story the father is introduced into the poem.

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He is described as being a very sensible man, rational, and a sceptic. Most likely doubtful of the beliefs of the peasants.

At this moment though he is desperate. His father has forgotten his reason and is trying everything he can think of in an effort to save his wife. A man hopeful beyond reason that a curse or blessing will save his wife. He even goes so far as to burn paraffin on her toe.

Just as the poison is moving through her body, so is the flame consuming her skin.There will be a number of ways in which the poems can be compared and you may well be able to think of other similarities! The second part - the mother's reaction - is just three lines long. This choice adds to the seriousness of the poem subject matter and deadly nature of the story Ezekiel tells.

It makes fun of their views. He would receive the Padmashri award by the President of India in