A to Yokohama, Japan on the Pacific ocean. As the war had just ended, it was difficult to get accommodations.
Somerset Maugham we have the theme of contempt, control, honour, change, ego, appearance and honesty. Taken from his Collected Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed male and from the beginning of the story it becomes clear to the reader that Maugham may be exploring the theme of contempt.
The narrator has a strong dislike for Kelada and appears to have firstly formulated his opinion based solely on the fact that he is forced to share a berth with Kelada. Which says a lot for the narrator who unlike Kelada is a very private man.
The fact that the narrator also plays patience may be symbolically important as it is possible that Maugham is suggesting that the narrator likes his own space. Something that is made clearer to the reader by the fact that the narrator wishes to choose for himself where he sits in the dining room.
It may also be important that Kelada chooses where the narrator sits as this would border on control. Kelada appears to like controlling a situation.
Though some critics may suggest that Kelada is only being helpful the fact that he is chief organiser for the many activities on the ship further suggests that Kelada likes control. Kelada also appears to be thick skinned as it does not bother him that people on the ship call him Mr Know-All.
On the contrary Kelada takes it as a compliment. In many ways Kelada is different to the other passengers on the ship. Nothing appears to faze him.
Kelada does not wish to be seen as a fool which suggests that appearance is important to Kelada. It may also be a case that Kelada for the first time in the story fears losing control of a situation.
Prior to being challenged Kelada was in control of not only himself but of others too. The fact that Kelada allows Ramsay win the wager says a lot about Kelada. This says a lot for Kelada as previously many readers might have had a similar view as the narrator when it came to Kelada.
If anything Kelada put Mrs Ramsay first as he had previously done with the other passengers on the ship.
Kelada might like controlling a situation but he also knows when it is appropriate to hold back. Something that Kelada does when it comes to the wager. Rather than embarrassing Mrs Ramsay Kelada allows himself to be the one that is embarrassed.
Even if it means that he might be viewed upon differently by the other passengers on the ship.A Post-Colonial Analysis of Mr. Know-All and Man-to-Man Essay paper for Reading the Short Story in English 28 June A Post - colonial Analysis of the Short Story Mr.
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Postcolonial criticism, for instance, is mainly concerned with literature. "Mr. Know-All" is a short story by W. Somerset Maugham. In it, the narrator describes part of an ocean voyage with his cabin mate, Mr.
Kelada. Postcolonialism or postcolonial studies is the academic study of the cultural legacy of colonialism and imperialism, focusing on the human consequences of the control and exploitation of colonized people and their lands..
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