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Theme and Analysis of The Boy Who Sold Wisdom
About the Author
Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes was a Spanish romantic painter and printmaker, and the most important Spanish artist of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Immensely successful in his lifetime, people refer to him as both the last of the Old Masters and the first of the moderns. He was also one of the great portraitists of his time.
The Parasol (also known as El Quitasol) is one of a cartoon series of oil on linen paintings that the painter Francisco Goya made. He made this series of paintings specifically in order to transform into tapestries that would be hung on the walls of the Royal Palace of El Pardo in Madrid, Spain.
Themes of The Boy Who Sold Wisdom
Importance of wisdom.
The story is based on a boy named Nagendra, who had a stall in the market place called “wisdom on sale”. One day an ignorant boy named Babu came and bought some wisdom worth a nickel from him but this angered his father and they went back to return the wisdom and get back the money.
Later, as Babu didn’t use the wisdom of not to stand and watch when two people are quarrelling he fell into deep trouble as he was a witness to the quarrels by the maids of the queen. He then went to Nagendra and bought more wisdom to get out of the situation.
As the king heard about Nagendra’s wisdom, he too bought some and used it. As he was ill, one of his conspiring queens and the doctor had given him poisoned medicine. However as the king used Nagendra’s wisdom he didn’t consume it and his life got saved. He hanged the queen and the minister and banished the doctor for his treachery. Nagendra later became his minister.
It was all possible because of wisdom. Hence, it’s quite an important virtue.