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Fiction writers prefer creating grey characters rather than black and white. Analyse this in detail, with reference to both the characters of The Thief’s Story

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Introductory – 

Both characters in the story—neither completely black (negative) or white (ideal)—have redeeming qualities as well as those that need improvement—story reveals both their personas as grey. 

Hari Singh 

  • Thief—artful - too smart for his age - fooled his victims and police --Wasn’t ashamed in lying and stealing –made no efforts to confess that he had given in to the temptation of stealing the notes 

However, 

  • Changed due to love, affection and Anil’s trust The character of Hari Singh—not a flat character who is either black or white. 

Anil 

  • While we can admire Anil for his qualities --helpful and simple --easily trusting --forgave the thief -- never uttered a word despite knowledge of the theft 

However, 

  • Not perfect--casual about money --ignored Hari Singh’s pilfering The character of Hari Singh—not a flat character who is either black or white. 

Conclusion - Grey characters present a challenge to the readers, allow a sense of unpredictability and present a moral challenge. Hari Singh and Anil are created as grey characters.

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