Play 3 (The Oyster and the Pearl) Summary & Short Questions 11th Class

Level: F.A / F.Sc
Class: 1st Year
Board: Punjab Textbook Board
Subject: English
Book III: Plays & Poems
Play 3: The Oyster and the Pearl
Type: Summary & Short Questions
Author: William Saroyan
Pages: 8
PDF Size: 2 MB

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This chapter is from the 1st Year English book 3 and it has been written by William Saroyan. we have presented the important questions and main idea of this chapter for the intermediate (part 1) fsc fa ics first year students.


The Oyster And The Pearl is a comedy. The setting is the countryside in which the members of the community are closely-knit together. The people are generally poor and they share the virtues and vices that go with poverty. As a whole, however, they are sincere and caring. The story is without a hero. The author has successfully demonstrated that even commonplace characters, settings and incidents can arouse readers’ interest. The Writer can see and is able to demonstrate that basically human beings are good. In the countryside, people are even more good-natured and have a good sense of humor. The writer conveys this message through different characters namely, Harry, Clay, The Girl, Clark and the Man. Harry is a barber. He is a very social and caring person. He gives poor people haircuts free of charge. Generally, he accepts whatever his customers give him. He entertains his customers and friends by his witty remarks.

Clay, a young boy, is very close to Harry. Clay is good-natured. He is very much concerned about his father who had left the house owing tri family dispute. Clay’s father, Clark, is also a caring person. Though he had left the house owing to a dispute, he still cares a lot about his family. He gives thirty dollars to Harry for his family. He also asks him not to tell his family who had sent the money.[the_ad id=”17141″]

The Girl, a schoolteacher, adds to the attraction of the play. She is young and beautiful, but unlike young girls she thinks more of others than of her ownself. She is a devoted teacher. She wants to appear like the people of the countryside so that she is accepted by the community. She does everything needed for helping the children to learn. For this she renders a great sacrifice.

The Man is also a very decent and generous fellow. He could not have his haircut, still he gave the barber a dollar. All the people we meet in the play believe in the take-it-easy philosophy of life. They are simple, modest and caring. They have strong emotional attachment with their friends and family. Almost all of them have a good sense of humour. The play begins and ends on a happy note.

Questions Answers

Q: What is the theme of the play ‘The Oyster And The Pearl’?

The play “The Oyster And The Pearl” shows that human beings are basically good. With reference to the life in the countryside the writer shows the blessings of a simple, loving and caring life.

Q: What type of play The Oyster And The Pear is?

The play ‘The Oyster And The Pearl’ is a sentimental comedy. The play has humour, a happy ending, and implied wisdom. The play has social Orientation.

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