Four levels of Who Was to Blame are,
Who was to blame is a story written by Anton Chekhov. In this story, the writer compared him with two months of little Kitten (a Cat). In the writer’s childhood, his uncle was a teacher, teaches him the Latin language but he was unable to understand that language. The writer home there are many mice, they disturbed his uncle, tears the books but the little kitten can not catch those mice. The writer’s uncle decided to take a mousetrap, after buying mousetrap, he kept it in their home. In the evening there was a mouse trapped. Then his uncle gets the little kitten near the mouse, where the writer and his uncle were gathered but the kitten was too much surprised and afraid and gone away from there. On the second and third days, there was the same situation. On the fourth day the kitten also unable to catch a mouse, after seeing this behavior of the little kitten, his uncle becomes so much furious and threw the kitten away from him. After one year the little kitten was changed into a large tomcat. When he is going to meet his girlfriend he saw a mouse and again he afraid and runs away. Seeing this the writer remembered his childhood days, that days he was unable to learn the Latin language like Kitten unable to catch one of a mouse.
The main idea of this story is that human beings, as well as animals, can not be trained forcefully, by giving punishment, threatening, its result is counter-productive instead of this learning is possible at fresh, natural, happy, and romantic places as well as there must be a mutual understanding. It also taught if it is afraid to learn anything it is difficult to learn forever. And without interest everything is worthless.
I am happy with reading this story, where it is interesting to read. However, I am not fully satisfied with some statements of this text.
- Is it possible for the Tomcat to run away seeing a mouse? (Because catching mouse is a natural strength of cats)
- Is it possible to train animals like done by the writer’s uncle?
- Why the writer’s uncle was not killing the mouse himself?
- Is there only one cat to get rid the house free from mice?
When I read this story “Who Was to Blame” it brings me back to my childhood days. Those days I do not understand the English language also I am unable to solve Mathematical problems. But now I am 15, still not completely understand the English language and Mathematical problems.