Level: F.A / F.Sc
Class: 1st Year
Board: Punjab Textbook Board
Book III: Plays & Poems
Play 2: Visit to a Small Planet
Type: Summary & Short Questions
Author: Gore Vidal
PDF Size: 2 MB
This chapter is from the 1st Year English book 3 and it has been written by Gore Vidal. we have presented the important questions and main idea of this chapter for the intermediate (part 1) fsc fa ics i.com first year students.
The Play ‘A Visit to a Small Planet’ is written by Gore Vidal, an American playwright. It is a reflective comedy. It contains the elements of adventure, suspense, and Comments about the modern civilization. Kreton, a mystery character from other planet, is the central character. His comments about the earthly civilization are very crucial. Roger Spelding is a very reputed T.V. programmer. He also plays a significant role in projecting the main character. General Powers intervention adds to the feeling of suspense in the play. The setting is purely American. Roger Spelding and General Powers are the symbols of American pride and arrogance. They have fixed notions. They want to see the world through their own perceptions. They do not accept any other force in the Universe. When they encounter a new challenging situation, they are exposed. Both Roger Spelding and General Powers suffer from the disease of self-projection. Like typical Americans, Spelding worships status and money. He does not want her daughter to marry an ordinary farmer. All this sets the background of the play. The real action, however, starts with the appearance of spaceship. There are many speculations about it, which end as the spaceship lands in Spelding’s garden and the mystery character emerges from it. His name is Kreton. He starts with an ironical statement that the place where he has landed is much better than he had expected. He also laughs at the idea of nationalities. He just introduces himself as a citizen of the Universe. He criticises the authoritarian attitude of the rulers. He also does not like the idea of censorship in media. He is of the view that the Culture on the earth is full of suspicion and doubt.At this point he ridicules the earthly Creatures by saying that civilization is just beginning on earth. Kreton also ridicules men in uniform. He believes that these people are responsible for battles and wars among nations. He also laughs at their intelligence level. Kreton tells General Powers that he is too dull to understand the mathematical notions he would like to share. He also tells his guests that all the modern inventions they feel proud of are very old. Kreton also humbles General Powers by saying that Americans are not worthy enemies. Why should he and his comrades ever think of invading them. The stranger also exposes the limitation of their knowledge. He proves to them that he is much more knowledgeable than the General and his guests. This wealth of knowledge has enabled them to know what the radars can’t. General Powers is humbled when he is unable to take control of the spaceship. No one could came closer to it. Kreton finally say them good-bye and leaves for an unknown destination.
Q: How does Kreton prove his extraordinary powers?
Kreton is a superman. He comes in a spaceship which does not have any equipment. It is a pilotless spaceship. Kreton does not let General Powers’ men destroy his spaceship. Besides this, Kreton proves that he can foresee future. He also proves that he is much more knowledgable and powerful than General Powers and other earthly creatures.