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The passage A Gift by Rahila Gupta depicts a memory of a man reflecting about a relationship.
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The passage "A Gift" by Rahila Gupta depicts a memory of a man reflecting about a relationship. It is a bitter and sad memory, as it starts off by describing the woman as an 'ultimate egoist' who does not have the right to give him 'the gift'. The whole passage only uses pronouns when referring to the woman, giving a sense of detachment, further reinforcing his anger towards her. The passage portrays how everything, especially relationships, cannot be forced or rushed. This idea is conveyed through characterization, action and style.
The characterization of both the woman and man shows how they cannot form a couple. The first time the two meet, the woman already conveys a striking personality. She "diminished everyone by [her] appearance, [her] personality clearing a path for [her]." Out of all those people in the room, the man focuses on her only, spotting details like "her fiery commitment to her politics" and how "she spoke not fluently but in a rush." The surprising thing is that although she is committed to politics, her speeches are not fluent. Perhaps she is a new recruit whom is nervous at facing crowds of people. The passage then reveals
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