TU || Flax Golden Tales || Four Levels of Interpretation Lesson 17

Level: B.A/ B.B.S || Lesson 17 Curbing The One-Monster (Fiona C. Jenkins, New Zealand 1947)

Words Meaning

Curbing = Ignoring

Media = Communication means

Tycoons = Rich people

Hurricane = Sea storm

Albeit = Although

Rational = reasonable

Raise Cain = show anger

Precious = valuable

Fabulously = extremely

Restrict = prohibit

Strive = make effort

Disappoint = make sad

Fragments = pieces

Irrelevant = illogical

Accumulate = collect

Assume = suppose

Mythology = legend

Curbsiders = TV

Couch = chairs

Fantasy = imagination

Resist = refusal with force

Perceptions = feelings

Molding = giving shape

Destitution = pennilessness

Stuff = fill

Massive = huge

Irrationality = unreasonable

Immune = free from anything

Dye = color something

Relieve = to provide

Stress = pain

Episode = event

Vaguely = unclearly

Deficient = having weaknesses

Summary

This text was written by Fiona C. Jenkins. According to the writer most of the radio stations, TV stations, FM stations, newspapers and magazines controlled by rich Americans. Rich people are spending much money to educate us to entertain their own interest. Though many guardians and public have sent delegations to the related authorized officers to stop the unnecessary programmes, but they don’t stop such programmers. For this we should avoid watching TV. It has many disadvantages. Watching TV means wasting our valuable time.

The rich people or owners of industries try to brainwash our mind. We are dulled and completely passive. We are losing our creativity. We shouldn’t sit on sofa to watch TV for a long time. They confuse us advertising their goods. It is difficult to know what reality is and what we have to select among them. They brainwash with their false advertisement. We can read books to entertain ourselves.

The writer says that we should replace the TV with bookshelf. We can feel fresh by walking out or doing yoga. To be free from this bad thing, we should curb watching TV.

Four Levels of Interpretation

  1. Literal Comprehension

This text was written by Fiona C. Jenkins. According to the writer most of the radio stations, TV stations, FM stations, newspapers and magazines controlled by rich Americans. Rich people are spending much money to educate us to entertain their own interest. Though many guardians and public have sent delegations to the related authorized officers to stop the unnecessary programmes, but they don’t stop such programmers. For this we should avoid watching TV. It has many disadvantages. Watching TV means wasting our valuable time.

The rich people or owners of industries try to brainwash our mind. We are dulled and completely passive. We are losing our creativity. We shouldn’t sit on sofa to watch TV for a long time. They confuse us advertising their goods. It is difficult to know what reality is and what we have to select among them. They brainwash with their false advertisement. We can read books to entertain ourselves.

The writer says that we should replace the TV with bookshelf. We can feel fresh by walking out or doing yoga. To be free from this bad thing, we should curb watching TV.

  1. Interpretation

The writer shows that there are many disadvantages of watching TV in our room. The writer says watching TV is total waste of time. The advertisers are only brain wash us giving false advertisements on TV. It creates confusion among TV watchers. So we should avoid watching TV.

  1. Critical Thinking

The writer is totally against TV. But TV has some advantages. We listen as well as watch TV and become familiar with foreign culture. We can use TV in teaching learning activities. We can’t say TV is only the total waste of time. I depend on use. The language of this text is easy to understand there aren’t complex sentences in the text.

  1. Assimilation

After reading this text I knew that TV has many disadvantages than advantages. I became conscious of watching TV. I used to give much importance to watching TV but by reading this text, it chaged my attitude towards watching TV. As soon as I get money, I will replace my TV set with bookcase and read story books that make me creative as well as civilized.

Possible Question

  1. Explain which of the two formats short story (“Wretched stone”) or essay (“Curbing the one Eyed Monster”)- makes a stronger case against television? Why?

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