The tone of the story is kind of ironic since the

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The tone of the story is kind of ironic since the thoughts of Bibi towards his audience are opposite. He thinks of them as idiots while they praise him and think of him as a genius prodigy. The writer used third-person point of view and used omniscient method for expressing the feelings of his characters. Mann used different kinds of literary devices;
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one is the characterization where he gradually explained the appearance of his characters, and that definitely can make readers understand what are the characters individuality. He also used imagery for describing the setting and the thoughts of his main character. Mann described many things in a connotative way. He made simple things meaningful and that made the story more interesting. The writer used figure of speech like simile and personification in his work. He used simile to express what are the thoughts of his main character towards the things around him. One example is when he relates Bibi’s piano keyboard as an inviting ocean where he can plunge and can let his self-be carried away. The main theme of the story, for me, is the ignorance of people on what really matters. It was noticeable that the thoughts of the main character were not appropriate for his age. He was more mature and practical towards everything. He may be forced to grow up because they expect too much from him. In fact, he knows that the people who watch him do not consider the real essence of music. The audience were blinded by the concept that prodigies perfect and unreachable. Bibi knows that he isn’t like that. The prodigy’s mother and even the impresario were not considerate on what Bibi really feels. As the narrator said, he looks tired maybe from everything he had gone through. He is talented, yes, but they must consider also the happiness of the boy. He became childless and arrogant because that’s what the environment he sees. After reading this story I perceived many lessons. One is that every successful people out there should be praised. Not because of how good they are in the field they chose but for the hard work and sacrifices, they went through just to attain their position. I believe there is no such thing as a pure talent. Talent must be associated with hard work and practice. And this what Bibi’s audience needs to see. Second is that everyone is equal. We all have potential and flaws. The writer introduced a little girl at the end of the story. She described her as an untidy-haired girl this symbolizes that the girl is poor. She was amazed by Bibi but she knows that everyone can be him. That moment wants us to know that everyone has a potential to excel but not everyone can develop these potentials because there are barriers and one of this is poverty.
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At first, I really thought ‘The Infant Prodigy’ is a story about an amazing child who has an amazing talent but then I didn’t expect myself to pity the child. His arrogant thoughts and actions didn’t make me angry but made me sad. The child was matured yes, but then he was still definitely a child at heart. He loves whenever he plays the piano, it
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  • Winter '18
  • prof ella
  • Boy, The Prodigy, INFANT PRODIGY, ANALYSIS

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