NCERT Class 11 English The story

Read and download NCERT Class 11 English The story chapter in NCERT book for Class 11 English. You can download latest NCERT eBooks for 2021 chapter wise in PDF format free from Studiestoday.com. This English textbook for Class 11 is designed by NCERT and is very useful for students. Please also refer to the NCERT solutions for Class 11 English to understand the answers of the exercise questions given at the end of this chapter

The Story Class 11 English NCERT

Class 11 English students should refer to the following NCERT Book chapter The Story in standard 11. This NCERT Book for Grade 11 English will be very useful for exams and help you to score good marks

The Story NCERT Class 11

The Story E.M. Forster ) Look for these expressions and guess their meaning from the context atavistic shock-heads ingenious We shall all agree that the fundamental aspect of the novel is its story-telling aspect, but we shall voice our assent in different tones, and it is on the precise tone of voice we employ now that our subsequent conclusions will depend. Let us listen to three voices. If you ask one type of man, ‘What does a novel do?’ he will reply placidly, ‘Well— I don’t know—it seems a funny sort of question to ask—a novel’s a novel—well, I don’t know—I suppose it kind of tells a story, so to speak’. He is quite good tempered and vague, and probably driving a motor-bus at the same time and paying no more attention to literature than it merits. Another man, whom I visualise as on a golf-course, will be aggressive and brisk. He will reply, ‘What does a novel do? Why, tell a story of course and I’ve no use for it if it didn’t. I like a story. Very bad taste, on my part, no doubt, but I like a story. You can take your art, you can take your literature, you can take your music, but give me a good story. And I like a story to be a story, mind, and my wife’s the same.’ And a third man, he says in a sort of drooping regretful voice, ‘Yes—oh dear yes—the novel tells a story.’ I respect and admire the first speaker. I detest and fear the second. And the third is myself. Yes—oh dear yes—the novel tells a story. That is the fundamental aspect without which it could not exist. That is the highest factor common to all novels, and I wish that it was not so, that it could be something different—melody, or perception of truth, not this low atavistic form.

The Story 183 For, the more we look at the story (the story that is a story, mind) the more we disentangle it from the finer growths that it supports, the less shall we find to admire. It runs like a backbone—or may I say a tape-worm—for its beginning and end are arbitrary. It is immensely old—goes back to Neolithic times, perhaps to Palaeolithic. Neanderthal man listened to stories, if one may judge by the shape of his skull. The primitive audience was an audience of shock-heads, gaping round the campfire, fatigued with contending against the mammoth or the woolly rhinoceros, and only kept awake by suspense. What would happen next? The novelist droned on and, as soon as the audience guessed what happened next, they either fell asleep or killed him. We can estimate the dangers incurred when we think of the career of Scheherazade in somewhat later times. Scheherazade avoided her fate because she knew how to wield the weapon of suspense—the only literary tool that has any effect on tyrants and savages. Great novelist though she was—exquisite in her descriptions, tolerant in her judgements, ingenious in her incidents, advanced in her morality, vivid in her delineations of character, expert in her knowledge of three Oriental capitals—it was yet on none of these gifts that she relied when trying to save her life from her intolerable husband. They were but incidental. She only survived because she managed to keep the king wondering what would happen next. Each time she saw the sun rising she stopped in the middle of a sentence, and left him gaping. ‘At this moment Scheherazade saw the morning appearing and, discreet, was silent.’ This uninteresting little phrase is the backbone of the One Thousand and One Nights, the tape-worm by which they are tied together and by which the life of a most accomplished princess was preserved. We are like Scheherazade’s husband in that we want to know what happens next. That is universal and that is why the backbone of a novel has to be a story. Some of us want to know nothing else—there is nothing in us but primeval curiosity and, consequently, our other literary judgements are ludicrous. And now the story can be defined. It is a narrative of events arranged in their time sequence—

 

Tags: 

 


Click to View or Download pdf file
Click for more English Study Material
NCERT Class 11 English The story
Hornbill Chapter 1 The Portrait of a Lady
NCERT Class 11 English The Portrait of a Lady
Hornbill Chapter 2 We’re Not Afraid to Die
NCERT Class 11 English Were Not Afraid to Die
Hornbill Chapter 3 Discovering Tut : the Saga Continues
NCERT Class 11 English Discovering Tut the Saga Continues
Hornbill Chapter 4 Landscape of the Soul
NCERT Class 11 English Landscape of the Soul
Hornbill Chapter 5 The Ailing Planet: the Green Movement’s Role
NCERT Class 11 English The Ailing Planet
Hornbill Chapter 6 The Browning Version
NCERT Class 11 English The Browning Version
Hornbill Chapter 7 The Adventure
NCERT Class 11 English The Adventure
Hornbill Chapter 8 Silk Road
NCERT Class 11 English Silk Road
Hornbill Writing Section Chapter 1 Note-making
NCERT Class 11 English Note making
Hornbill Writing Section Chapter 2 Summarising
NCERT Class 11 English Summarising
Hornbill Writing Section Chapter 3 Sub-titling
NCERT Class 11 English Sub titling
Hornbill Writing Section Chapter 4 Essay-writing
NCERT Class 11 English Essay writing
Hornbill Writing Section Chapter 5 Letter-writing
NCERT Class 11 English Letter writing
Hornbill Writing Section Chapter 6 Creative Writing
NCERT Class 11 English Creative Writing
Snapshots Chapter 1 The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse
NCERT Class 11 English The Summer of the Beautiful White Horse
Snapshots Chapter 2 The Address
NCERT Class 11 English The Address
Snapshots Chapter 3 Ranga’s Marriage
NCERT Class 11 English Rangas Marriage
Snapshots Chapter 4 Albert Einstein at School
NCERT Class 11 English Albert Einstein at School
Snapshots Chapter 5 Mother’s Day
NCERT Class 11 English Mothers Day
Snapshots Chapter 6 The Ghat of the Only World
NCERT Class 11 English The Ghat of the Only World
Snapshots Chapter 7 Birth
NCERT Class 11 English Birth
Snapshots Chapter 8 The Tale of Melon City
NCERT Class 11 English The Tale of the Melon City
Woven Words Essays Chapter 1 My Watch
NCERT Class 11 English Elective My Watch
Woven Words Essays Chapter 2 My Three Passions
NCERT Class 11 English Elective My Three Passions
Woven Words Essays Chapter 3 Patterns of Creativity
NCERT Class 11 English Elective Patterns of Creativity
Woven Words Essays Chapter 4 Tribal Verse
NCERT Class 11 English Elective Tribal Verse
Woven Words Essays Chapter 5 What is a Good Book?
NCERT Class 11 English Elective What is a Good Book
Woven Words Essays Chapter 6 The Story
NCERT Class 11 English Elective The Story
Woven Words Essays Chapter 7 Bridges
NCERT Class 11 English Elective Bridges
Woven Words Poetry Chapter 1 The Peacock
NCERT Class 11 English Elective The Peacock
Woven Words Poetry Chapter 2 Let me Not to the Marriage of True Minds
NCERT Class 11 English Elective Let Me Not to the Marriage
Woven Words Poetry Chapter 3 Coming Philip Larkin
NCERT Class 11 English Elective Haiku
NCERT Class 11 English Elective Coming
Woven Words Poetry Chapter 4 Telephone Conversation
NCERT Class 11 English Elective Telephone Conversation
Woven Words Poetry Chapter 5 The World is too Much with Us
NCERT Class 11 English Elective The World is too Much with Us
Woven Words Poetry Chapter 6 Mother Tongue
NCERT Class 11 English Elective Mother Tongue
Woven Words Poetry Chapter 7 Hawk Roosting
NCERT Class 11 English Elective Hawk Roosting
Woven Words Poetry Chapter 8 For Elkana
NCERT Class 11 English Elective The Limerick
NCERT Class 11 English Elective For Elkana
Woven Words Poetry Chapter 9 Refugee Blues
NCERT Class 11 English Elective Refugee Blues
Woven Words Poetry Chapter 10 Felling of the Banyan Tree
NCERT Class 11 English Elective Felling of the Banyan Tree
Woven Words Poetry Chapter 11 Ode to a Nightingale
NCERT Class 11 English Elective Ode to a Nightingale
Woven Words Poetry Chapter 12 Ajamil and the Tigers
NCERT Class 11 English Elective Ajamil and the Tigers
Woven Words Short Stories Chapter 1 The Lament
NCERT Class 11 English Elective The Lament
Woven Words Short Stories Chapter 2 A Pair of Mustachios
NCERT Class 11 English Elective A Pair of Mustachios
Woven Words Short Stories Chapter 3 The Rocking-horse Winner
NCERT Class 11 English Elective The Rocking horse Winner
Woven Words Short Stories Chapter 4 The Adventure of the Three Garridebs
NCERT Class 11 English Elective The Adventure of the Three
Woven Words Short Stories Chapter 5 Pappachi’s Moth
NCERT Class 11 English Elective Pappachis Moth
Woven Words Short Stories Chapter 6 The Third and Final Continent
NCERT Class 11 English Elective The Third and Final Continent
Woven Words Short Stories Chapter 7 Glory at Twilight
NCERT Class 11 English Elective Glory at Twilight
Woven Words Short Stories Chapter 8 The Luncheon
NCERT Class 11 English Elective The Luncheon

Latest NCERT & CBSE News

Read the latest news and announcements from NCERT and CBSE below. Important updates relating to your studies which will help you to keep yourself updated with latest happenings in school level education. Keep yourself updated with all latest news and also read articles from teachers which will help you to improve your studies, increase motivation level and promote faster learning

Pariksha Pe Charcha 2022

The 5th edition of Pariskhas Pe Charcha the unique interactive program of Hon’ble Prime Minister with students teaches and parents will be held through virtual mode in February, 2022. In order to select participants who will be featured in Pariksha Pe Charcha programme...

Celebration of Matribhasha Diwas Mother Language day

UNESCO has declared 21st February of every year to be celebrated as International Mother Language day to promote dissemination of Mother Language of all, create awareness of linguistic and cultural traditions and diversity across the world and to inspire solidarity...

Heritage India Quiz 2021 2022

CBSE Heritage India Quiz is conducted every year to raise the awareness about the preserving human heritage, diversity and vulnerability of the India's built monuments and heritage sites. It is an attempt of the Board to motivate the future generations of this country...

Board Exams Date Sheet Class 10 and Class 12

Datesheet for CBSE Board Exams Class 10  (Scroll down for Class 12 Datesheet) Datesheet for CBSE Board Exams Class 12

All India Children Educational Audio Video Festival

The Central Institute of Educational Technology (CIET), a constituent unit of National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT), is inviting entries for the 26th All India Children’s Educational Audio Video Festival (AICEAVF). This festival showcases the...

CBSE Science Challenge 2021 22

Science is inexplicably linked with our lives and helps us to understand the world around us better. Scientific and technological developments contribute to progress and help improve our standards of living. By engaging with this subject, students learn to think, solve...