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At the beginning of Night of The Scorpion, a child is talking about how it remembers the night when its mother was stung by a scorpion

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Night of the Scorpion At the beginning of Night of The Scorpion, a child is talking about how it remembers the night when its mother was stung by a scorpion. The child mentions "Ten hours of steady rain has driven him to crawl beneath a sack of rice". Here, the child is describing the scorpion and the reason for its arrival. The child points out that the scorpion "parted with its poison" which literally means that the scorpion has stung someone. Throughout the poem, the scorpion is described as an evil being; "The flask of diabolic tail in the dark room" shows this. When the mother was stung, the villagers are described as "swarming flies". ...read more.

Middle

The villagers could not find the scorpion so they started to make a "clicking" noise to try and draw the scorpion towards them. In one part of the poem, it mentions that the scorpion was controlling the poison that was inside the child's mother. "With every movement the scorpion made, his poison moved around the mothers blood". The villagers seem to believe that the scorpion controls the poison that is inside the mother so they think that if they capture the scorpion, the poison inside the mother will also stop moving. They state that they want to stop the scorpion on line 18, "May he sit still". After line 18, a series of sentences are started with the word "may". In Standard English, this word usually introduces a polite request. ...read more.

Conclusion

"My father, sceptic, rationalist, trying every curse and blessing, powder, mixture, herb and hybrid. He even poured a little paraffin wax upon the bitten toe and put a match to it". "I watched the flame feeding on my mother" this is one of the most effective quotes in this poem as it's dramatic and metaphorical. Again, the poet describes how people are trying to help the child's mother by writing; "I watched a holy man perform his rites to tame the poison with an incantation". The p poet gives the effect that the poison has been inside the mother for a long time by saying; "After twenty hours, it lost its sting" The last three lines of the poem have had a large amount of thought go into them, as it's unusual to normally end a poem like this. ...read more.

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