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Summary and theme of Going places

May

17

2014

Going Places
Introduction
In this story ,the author describe the fantasies and dreams of a teen aged girl named Sophie.She is in school and fantasizes about Danny Casey,an Irish football player, as a romantic lover.She even imagines that she had met him in an arcade .Her dreams and disappointments are all in her mind.
Sophie ,who belongs to a lower middle class family ,dreams of setting up a boutique after finishing her school education.Then she connects a story of her meeting with Danny Casey , a star footballer .She even thinks of her next meeting with him when he would give his autograph to her.She even waits for him near the canal knowing fully well that he will not come .Even the stark reality does not force her to come out of her dreams.
Character s
Sophie
Sophie , who belongs to a lower –middle class family ,has romantic temperament .She is a habitual dreamer and an escapist.She is a teen ager and dreams of doing big things in life.She dreams of opening a boutique in the city.Then dreams of becoming an actress or a fashion designer to earn big amount of money.She is an ardent fan of danny Casey a star footballer.She romanticizes Danny Casey as her lover .She even imagines him coming to meet her.She connects a story by telling her brother that she met Danny Casey in the arcade .She adds minutes details to her connected stories so that they look convincing.
She waits for hours under an elm tree,imagining Casey’s coming .When Casey does not come ,she becomes sad and despondent.She is a loving sister and shares her secrets with her brother.Sophie has a great liking for the game offootball. Sophie and her family would regularly visit the stadium everyweek to watch the game .Sophie hero-worships Danny Casey.
Jansie
Jansie and sophie are school going girls and are intimate friends.Though both belong to lower middle class families ,both are different form each other.Unlike her friend Jansie is practical in her approach to life.She is a true friend and discourages Sophie from having wild dreams .She seems to be gossipy .She cannot keep a secret .
Theme
In this story , the writer describes the fantastic and dreams of a teen aged girl named Sophie .She is in school and fantasizes about Danny Casey ,an Irish footballer as a romantic lover .She imagines that she had met him in an arcade.But her dreams and disappointments are all in her mind.
The writer also describes the strength of the family bonds and relationships.The family tries to help Soophie come out of her romantic world and see reality .Her brother Geoff, who has a practical approach to life, helps her in his own way to face reality .Jansie ,her friend discourages Sophie from having wild dreams .She wants her to have a practical approach to life.

 

Question Answer

Question – Where was it most likely that the two girls would find work after school?

Answer- The two girls, Sophie and Jansie , belonged to lower middle class families.Sophie was highly romantic whereas Jansie was a realist .Jansie thought that it was most likely that they would find work in a biscuit factory after school.

Question – What were the options that Sophie was d reaming of? Why does Jansie discourage her from having dreams?

Answer- Sophie who belonged to lower middle class family was a day dreamer.She was highly romantic and dreamt of big things in life. She wanted to open a boutique or become actress..She also dreamt of becoming fashion designer.Jansie was a realistic and so she discouraged Sophie from having dreams which were impossible to realize.

Why did Sophie wriggle when Geoff told his father that she had met Danny Casey?

When Geoff told his father that Sophie had met Danny Casey , a star footballer , he turned his head and looked at her with disdain .He knew that she was telling a lie .Sophie could not bear his disdainful look and wriggled sitting at the table.

Does Geoff believe what Sophie says about her meeting with Danny Casey?

No , when sophie told that she had met Danny casey in the arcade he did not believe it.HE told her that it was not true .When she insisted that she had met him, he remarked that he did not believe it.

Does her father believe her story?

No when Geoff told his father that sophie had met Danny Casey , her father looked at her with disdain .When Sophie remarked that he had meet her and told her that he was going to buy a shop ,her father muttered that was nothing of her wild stories.

 

How does sophie include her brother Geoff in her fantasy of her future?

Sophie fantasizes about Danny Casey as a romantic lover .She imagines that she had met Danny Casey in the arcade .She also tells him that she is going to meet him next week .She tells this secret to her brother Geoff and includes him in her fantasy.

Which country did Danny Casey play for ?

Danny casey played for Ireland.

Why did not Sophie want Jansie to know about her story with Danny?

Sophie did not want Jansie to know about her story with Danny because she could not keep a secret .Sophie thought that if Jansie came to know something about it,the whole  neighoburhood would come to  know it.

Did  Sophie really meet Danny Casey?

No Sophie did not really meet Danny Casey.She imagined that she had met Danny in the arcade.She imagined that she had  asked for an autograph for her little brother Derek ,but neither of them had any paper or pen .So them they had just talked a bit.

 

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