MACAVITY: THE MYSTERY CAT
To inculcate the emotional attachment in the students to the pets.
To communicate with their pet and understand their feelings.
To be familiar with the different actions and reactions of pets.
To enable the students to share their personal experiences.
To enable them to express themselves in grammatically correct language.
To enable the learners to extrapolate from the given text.
To sensitise the students to the feelings of an individual.
To enable the students to think of an alternative ending to the story.
To enable them to use new words and phrases in their own language.
Scotland Yard : the head quarters of the London police force
Basement : underground space
Ginger : noiseless, cunning and cautious
Sunken in : deep in
Whiskers : hair on the cheeks
Fiend : devil
Feline : relating to a cat
1.The present poem is a beautiful poem on a mischievous cat named Ma cavity.
2.Though all the pet cats are not so mischievous Ma cavity is so and it is a mystery cat for the poet.
3.In this poem the poet has used personification as he used ‘he’ for the cat instead of it.
4.This poem is an account of the crimes committed by the mischievous cat Macavity.
The poem deals with a master criminal, who can defy and break any law. The poet calls him a mystery cat and the Hidden Paw. The poet says that he defies law again and again but he is never caught. Even the police force and Flying Squad of England have failed to arrest him. When the Flying Squad reaches the scene(place) of crime, Macavity is not there. So, the Scotland Yard is puzzled.
In committing crimes no one is like Macavity, he is matchless in his field. He can do any impossible task. He can disappear , he can break Newton’s law of gravity and float in the air without support. Even the fakir and the magician are surprised to see his feats. He will outwit you. You may look for him in the basement and in the air, you will have no access to him.
Macavity is a tall and thin cat, his eyes are sunken and his head is highly domed. He sways his head from side to side like a snake. His coat is dusty and his whiskers are uncombed.
Macavity is a devil in cat’s shape he is morally corrupt. When you think he is sleeping, he is wide awake in fact. You may meet and see him everywhere but whenever his crime is discovered you will not find him there.
short question answers
Who is Macavity?
Ans:- Macavity is a myster criminal in the shape of a cat.
How does the poet describe Macavity?
Ans:- The poet describes Macavity as- a master criminal, a mystery cat and the Hidden Paw.
How does the Macavity the British police?
Ans:- Macavity outwits the British police-slipping away from the scene of crime before the police arrives there.
How does he move?
Ans:- Macavity moves fast like a snake.
How does he dodge people and the police?
Ans:- He befools the people and the police. When they think he is half asleep, he is always wide awake.
Ans 1(i):- Macavity is a imaginative cat who is very mischievous.
(ii) If not, Macavity can be a notorious and expert criminal or a mysterious creature.
Ans 3:- Macavity is breaking Newton’s law of gravity.
Ans 4:- Macavity is a very cunning and cautious cat. He is tall and thin, his eyes are sunken in, his head is highly domed. His coat is dusty and he never combs his whiskers.
Ans6:- Yes, the poet is fond of cats but he hates Macavity who is big criminal because he dodges the police every time. So, he calls him a fiend and monster.
Ans 7:- Yes, the poet has used exaggeration for special effect and to show that Macavity has supernatural power. For example-
1. He breaks the law of gravity.
2. His powers of levitation would make a fakir stare.
3. A fiend in feline shape, a monster of depravity.
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