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Character of Sidda in Leela's Friend by R.K. Narayan

Character Sketch of Sidda

Introduction: In R. K. Narayan’s short story Leela’s Friend, Sidda is the main character. His character is described with a number of qualities that uphold him as the central person of the story.

A. Central Figure/ Title Character: Sidda has been referred to in the title of the story. His relationship with the little girl, Leela is highlighted in the entire story.

B. Good Servant : He was appointed as a servant in the Sivasanker’s house. He works in their house, plays with their little girl, and performs all other stuff to do. He is a responsible Servant who take care of every work.

C. Friendship : From the very first day Sidda became friend with Sivasanker’s five years old daughter, Leela. Most of the time Sidda had to spend and play with Leela leaving his all works. Sidda always took Leela’s mind in the world of imagination by his incomparable stories.

D. Imagination : Sidda is very much talented man. Although he is an illiterate person, he has immense power of imagination.

E. Honesty : Sidda has been accused of taking the gold chain of Leela. But he is an honest Servant. He didn’t take the chain.

Conclusion : In the conclusion we may say that Sidda had been described in the story has a very responsible servant of the Shivashankar household and a reliable and constant companion of Leela. He performed all his duties faithfully and took good care of Leela. He had a great imaginative faculty and from his imagination spurng stories that enthralled Leela. He made her believe that he had the power to control the moon. He had no interest on studies and never learnt anything that Leela tried to teach him. He also had no idea how to prove his innocence when he accused of stealing the chain. He remained speechless throughout and fell victim beacuase he belonged to the lower class whose voice is never heard. R.K. Narayan artistically turned this ordinary servant into the centre of reader’s attention.

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