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Reflection on The Letters from a Father to His Daughter by Jawaharlal Nehru

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A daughter’s father is constantly working, to make up for the time he wasn’t with her he wrote letters about life itself and all the morals that comes with living. The father’s only way to keep in contact with his daughter is to write about real life things. They write back and forth and he teacher her some different languages as he goes around the world to try to make peace again.

The setting of this story sounds appropriate to me because it’s a Indian author who wrote the book and he knows about the lifestyle in Allahabad. The characters in this story are not comfortable because Jawaharlal Nehru’s daughter is in Mussoorie and he is in Allahabad working. This story’s setting is described by the author. The author describes how human and animal life came onto the earth, society, civilization and the different languages that are being discussed in Allahabad, so his daughter can picture what he is seeing among him. The setting of Letters from a Father to his daughter creates a sad but inspirational mood to the story. I can picture in my head what he is seeing even though i’m not actually there to see for myself. There are so many words that can describe this setting but one really good word is international structure. Jawaharlal Nehru builds up little by little what he is going through and what he sees. The characters would not have changed if the story was different because Jawaharlal Nehru wrote the story himself about actual events that happened.

This story is larger that what it seems, it symbolizes time and distance from his only daughter. The setting changes when he asks her is she tired of his letters. Ofcourse she says no because that is the only way they could communicate. This new setting changed caused him very much happiness because all he wants is to keep a strong relationship with his daughter. The bondage within this happiness and gladness shows that she is enjoying learning and imaging the things her dad is telling her. The characters are very similar because they both enjoy writing back and forth to one another. I think the daughter is more important because every child needs both parents in their lives. I know this because as he is talking about freedom, humanity and other thing he wants to make sure he gives his daughter the world. The mood of the father is, he wants to be able to be a dependable dad as he writes about the thing they do in different cultures so she can know what to expect when she is older.

In chapter 1 of this book, Jawaharlal Nehru states that “You (his daughter) ofter ask me questions about many things and I try my best to answer them, but now that you are in Mussoorie and I’m in Allahabad we cannot have those talks”. The distance between them changes the way they associate with each other. They use to have long and in depth conversations now they are writing letters back and father but can’t hear each other’s voices. If this situation was different were her mom was gone and her dad was with her it would be harder to handle. I know this because Indria is a girl and her dad wouldn’t be able to teach her certain things that her mother could. I can infer that Jawaharlal feels honored to be able to keep in contact with his daughter.

The mood of this story is still sad because they are so far from each other. The mood of the character still hasn’t changed. As Jawaharlal is writing this story you can tell his actions are to expose his daughter to more of the world the what she just sees. There are no dynamic, static, flat or round characters in Letter from a Father to His Daughter. The problem in this story is distance and lack of freedom in India. This was mainly caused by war and trading rights. This event was a problem for him, his family back home and anyone else who was in Allahabad. This was a problem for people in Allahabad but not people in China. This tells me that Allahabad must have owed China money or something. This problem was between the leader or each country because they are responsible for making sure there country is at safety at all times. This problem is a primary problem. I know this because in the book he wrote about how they had economically deprived issues and the people need to do better about dividing certain objects among the different countries. This problem does change the characters moods. Indria can’t go back to Allahabad to see her dad because of the wars with the different countries. Jawaharlal still continues to write to his daughter about the different religious he is noticing. In the book he also states about how “Aryans came to india and taught The Great Epics”, but explains it so his daughter can understand.

The problem was completely solved and now the countries are better. Jawaharlal lead India to independence. He was pleased because he didn’t have to worry about his country safety as much as he did before. Jawaharlal had a big responsibility to make sure that war doesn’t happen with india again. This solution does not form another problem. Read this book was like I was in it myself and being the leader of something big. Him solving this problem was like streets release off his shoulders. This book was published 1929 when he was leading Indian. Now till this day we don’t hear about any war with them. The lesson I learned from this story is don’t take and not give back because that can cause multiple issues. This story was a great book of knowledge. His daughter Inria learns that there is more to life than what you see now.

The main idea of Letter from a Father to His Daughter, is that each letter Jawaharlal wrote to his daughter was to give her aspect of what he was going through but he made sure she understood even though she is around 10 years old at the time. The story began when you read a letter a the very beginning of the book when he is apologizing for his absent in her life. In the middle of the story he starts to write about old tribes who took many things for granted. At the end of the story every aspect of the letters he wrote to her had a meaning and he states “And although they were written long ago, every child in Indian should be influenced by them”.

I think the story could have ended with him saying when he will be returning back with his family. This could have changed the characters moods and she could have been looking forward to his presents.

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