A Sunrise on the Veld
Table of Contents: •Through out the whole story the boy
• Authors biography •Theme thinks that he is in control of absolutely
•Plot summary •Personal Evaluation every aspect of life.
•Questions and answers •Quotable quotes
•Main fiction elements •Vocabulary
• "He was clean crazy, yelling mad with
the joy of living and a superfluity of youth.”
1) Author’s Biography Page 80 This line illustrates the height of
• Doris Lessing was born in Iran, but grew
the boy’s self- exultation and just how
up in Africa, which was where the story was
much control he thinks he's in.
• Her mother was very strict and was
obsessed with raising a proper daughter, the •In the story the boy is standing over a
boy in the story is most likely based on Doris cliff, and is shouting out at the world
Lessing's own mother because the boy is very about how much control he is in, and
controlling. then he thinks "That was what he was, he
• Most of Doris Lessing's stories were based sang if he chose; and the world had to answer
on humanity or a struggle to understand the him back," (he means the echoes) page 81. But in
world, this fits in with the story "A Sunrise on the next paragraph he hears a pain filled
the Veld" because the boy learned that there scream and his whole outlook on how much
are some things that he can't control, such as control he is in totally changes, and for a
death, he couldn't alter the death of the buck,
and that realization worried him.
few minutes he realizes just how little
control over life he actually has.
This is a picture of Southern Africa
•The sub-theme would be the
realization that he can't control death.
•"He (the boy) had a choice, he could either
shoot the buck, or let it die on its own."
•The boy decided not to shoot the buck
to bring it out of his misery because he
realized that the buck would have died
this way, if he hadn’t had been there, that
the death of this animal is unalterable, and
him being there to witness it can't and won't
Allusions in the title change anything.
•The title "A Sunrise on the Veld," creates an
allusion of a golden sun rising upon open •The author's over-all purpose of these
grassland. themes is to provide an idea of just how
arrogant, and controlling the boy actually is,
but when he hears that pain filled scream, in
•The purpose on the story is based on the
a split second he is suddenly totally out of
boy's realization that he can't control
control, and he knows it.
everything, and most importantly he can't
control death, he couldn't stop the death
of the buck. 3) Plot Summary
•The boy wakes up every morning at 4:30
•For more information on the biography of to go hunting for guinea fowls
Doris Lessing, check out the World Book 2001 •He wakes up every morning before the
#12 edition (L), page 208, in the library. alarm clock rings just to prove that he
can (that shows just how much control he thinks
2) Theme he’s in).
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A Sunrise on the Veld
•His parents have no idea how early he challenged by the incredulously difficult
wakes up in the morning vocabulary.
This story helped to show me that we
•He always brings his dogs along the can’t control everything and that some
hunt problems are just a fact of life, which can be a
•He began running through the grassland very hard lesson to learn.
but ended up waking up the guinea fowls,
and his hunt was over but instead of But besides that it had a well set up
going home he continued running storyline because it:
through the field, “He leapt into the air, •Made me ask questions
shouting and yelling wild unrecognizable •Kept me thinking
•And helped me learn a little
noises” page 80
about life/culture in Africa,
although I didn’t really care for
“There is nothing I can’t do, nothing I can’t the way she kept using veld
do.” Page 80 and vlei.
•This line defines the beginning of the
height of his exultation, and after minute I also though that the illustration of the
of yelling and shouting in joy he hears a duiker on the title page was a bit of an odd
picture to show, because it made you think that
pain filled scream “In the deep morning the story was very happy, and cheerful, when if
hush that held his future and his past, was a fact, it wasn’t.
sound of pain, and repeated over and over
again; it was a kind of shortened scream, as This story reminded me of another story
if someone, something, had no breath to called “Thank you, Ma’am” by Langston
scream.” Page 81 Hughe,” because in a sense the boy in that
•This line shows just how out of control of story thought that he was in total control
when he tried to steal the lady’s purse, when if
the situation he really is, and he knows it
fact the opposite was true. I can relate this story
•The animal that was screaming turned to, “A Sunrise on the Veld” because the boy in
out to be a buck with a broken leg, with this story also finds out that he can’t control
a swarm of flesh eating ants eating it everything
•The boy watched the buck slowly die, All in all this is a good story, which
really gets the meat motor revving.
knowing that there was nothing that he
could do, the death of this animal was
unalterable. 5) Questions and Answers
•This realization bothered the boy the "Suddenly it rose in him." Page 80
death of the buck, and the fact that there • Q) What does the author mean when
was nothing that he could do bothered she says it?
him it proved to him just how little
control he actually has over the world. • A) When the author says it she's
describing the multitude of emotions,
•The boy decided to go home, but he which the boy is feeling all rising in
promised himself that tomorrow morning him at once.
he would go to the bush, and think about
what he saw today. • Q) Where do guinea fowl sleep?
4) Personal Evaluation • A) Guinea fowls sleep in trees. (Guinea
The story “A Sunrise on the Veld”, by fowls were the animals that the boy set out to
Doris Lessing is terrific. I found that it kept me hunt for in the first place)
interested the whole time, but it also kept me
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• "He was clean crazy, yelling mad with • "And the air smelt like a challenge whether it
the joy of superfluity of youth." Page 80 was warm and sultry at noon, or as brisk and
cool as night." page 80
• Q) What is the joy of superfluity of •"He felt suffering, sick and angry, but also
youth? grimly satisfied with his new stoicism." page 83
• "He felt in his own limbs the myriad swarming
• A) Superfluity means abundant, so in pain of the twitching animal." page 82
this sentence the author is describing This is an important quote because it proves
that the boy isn’t a stoic.
just how abundant the joy of youth is. • "The luxury of a warm rested body, with the
arms and legs and fingers waiting like soldiers
for a word of command! Page 78
• Q) When the buck died, why does the
boy feel rage, misery, and protest? 7) Main Fiction Elements
Page 82 •The boy thinks that there is nothing that he
can’t do, and while he’s not wrong in
• A) When the buck died it made the thinking that there’s nothing he can’t do, he
boy realize that if he had not come the is wrong in the sense that he physically can’t
buck still would have died like that,
“There was nothing he couldn’t do, nothing !
and then he said “so why should I
interfere? Page 82 Page 80
•The boy thinks that an hour before the buck
died it had been running through the forest,
•Q) The ants basically ate the buck alive, unharmed, and an hour later it had been
and killed it, but how did they get on the eaten clean picked down to the bone, when
buck in the first place? in reality it probably took a lot longer then
• A) The buck had broken its leg earlier “That morning perhaps and hour ago, this small
in the day, and then wandered into the animal had been stepping proud and free
through the bush, feeling the chill on its hide
even as him himself had done, exhilarated by it.”
• Q) Why would the death of a small • The boy thinks that he’s a stoic, when
animal be a thing that would concern he actually isn’t.
him? He's gone hunting plenty of times, “He was clean crazy, yelling mad with the joy of
so why would this bother him so much? living and a superfluity of youth.” Page 80
This quote from the story depicts the boys
• A) It wasn't the death of the animal that emotions, if he was a stoic he wouldn’t have felt
any of those emotions.
bothered the boy. It was the realization
I think that this is the main fiction element
that he can't control every aspect of of the story, because throughout the whole
life that bothered him so much. story the boy thinks that he is in control of
everything, including his emotions, but by the
6) Quotable Quotes end of the story he realizes he’s not.
• "Triumphantly pressing down the alarm knob
of the clock." Page 78 This is a significant 8) Unfamiliar Words
quote because it defines just how in control •To study the unfamiliar words look over
the boy thinks he is. He wakes up at 4:30 every your spreadsheet, and the previous tests that
morning just before the alarm clock to prove it to you have written.
himself that he can.
• "He was clean crazy, yelling mad with the joy
of living and a superfluity of youth." page 80
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