Summary of Fear:
Fear is the psychological story taken from Puebla, Mexico. This story shows how a person loses his common sense and sanity in the state of nervousness.
Armando Gonzalez was an honest, diligent, uneducated, skeptical and chicken-hearted person working at a shoe shop. He had to earn the living of nine members. His wife Eva Gonzalez used to earn little money looking after the children of other people. With the hard work of 20 years, they have saved 50,132 pesos, which they had deposited in the Bank of Mexico. With this money, they were going to buy a beautiful house.
Deciding to buy a house Armando went to the Bank of Mexico to withdraw his fifty thousand pesos. After he gave the required documents to the bank teller, she asked him several questions loudly. The questions of the bank teller made him think that all the people in the bank lobby knew about the money, he was going to withdraw. Therefore, he became nervous. His nervousness increased, even more, when the bank teller counted the money loudly. In his nervousness, he put on his hat backward. The unusual position of his hat drew the attention of the people in the bank. But he mistakenly thought that they were looking at him for his money. In the state of nervousness, he left the bank and went to the street trying to remember the way he was supposed to go.
While Armando was waiting for the bus in the street he saw the same heavy man who had looked at him twice in the bank. He thought that he was following him to rob him. Armando got into the bus so did the heavy man. While traveling on the bus Armando came up with an idea that he should get down the bus at the next station and go home by another bus. AS he was about to get down the bus, he saw three teenage boys talking to the heavy man. Supposing them to be the part of the street gang he got down the bus.
The three boys also got down the bus. Talking o each other they walked towards Armando. Armando was sure that those three boys were sent by the heavy man to rob him. Shouting at the top of his voice, asking for help, Armando ran across the street along the barbed wire fence, into an old junkyard. As Armando fell onto the ground stumbled over the broken pieces of the car, the three boys also approached him. He asked them to go away. But he was surprised to know that they were students and were following him to help him. They also explained to him to Armando that they were talking to the heavy man on the bus to know about the bus to go back to Puebla. When Armando knew that those boys wanted to help him he got rid of unnecessary fear. Finally, all four people returned back to the street together.
This story describes a series of events and circumstances that kept on increasing fear in Armando. This story is concerned more with the effect of these events on the psychology of its main character rather than with the events themselves. Therefore, it is more psychological than a supernatural one.
Some Important Question- Answer from Fear:
Question. Why were the people looking at Armando?
Answer. All the people in the bank premises were looking at Armando Gonzalez and this looking made a psychological pressure on Armando Gonzalez and he thought that everyone was looking him for his money. But the truth was something different. Gonzalez was wearing his cap backward so everyone was looking at him because of his unusual position of the hat but not for his money.
Question. What are some things which made Armando think that someone was going to rob him?
Answer. The things that made Armando think, that he was about to be robbed are as follows:
1. The bank teller who asked him several questions and counted his money loudly.
2. The large amount of money that Armando was carrying in the pocket of his worn-out pants.
3. Doubletake of the people in the bank as well as on the bus.
4. The heavy man, who looked at him twice in the bank, followed him up to the bus.
5. The unusual position of his hat.
6. The three teenage boys talking to the heavy man.
Question. Sketch the character of Armando Gonzalez in the story Fear.
Answer. Armando Gonzalez was an honest, hardworking, uneducated and skeptical person working at a shoe shop. He was carrying out his responsibility of nine members of his family. He was responsible not only towards his wife and children but also to his mother in law. Working at a shoe shop he was able to save 50,132 pesos which he had deposited in the Bank of Mexico. With this money, he was going to buy a beautiful house. As he was an uneducated person he was not familiar with different forms of money. He thought that money means only cash. In spite of being an honest, hardworking and responsible person he was very skeptical. He doubted the intention of every people in the bank lobby as well as on the bus. It was wrong to think that the people in the bank had no job except to follow him for his money. Thus, the story fear portray Armando Gonzalez as an honest, hardworking, uneducated and skeptical.
Question. How much money has Armando Gonzalez saved in 20 years of time? How does he want to utilize the money he has saved?
Answer. Armando Gonzalez is a common man who works very hard and has a big family to feed. With 20 years of very hard work, Armando Gonzalez was able to save fifty thousand pesos. With these 50 thousand pesos, Armando Gonzalez wants to buy a new house and live happily with his family.
Question. Why is Armando afraid of the heavy Man on The bus?
Answer. When Armando was withdrawing money from the bank he had seen the heavy man in the bank lobby. He again saw the same man at the bus stand. The heavy man was seen very mysterious he was moving his hand in the pocket. Next, Armando saw the mysterious man on the bus, he was hiding his face with the newspaper. All behavior of the heavy man caused a psychological effect on almond Gonzalez. Armando thought that the heavy man was Robber and has a pistol in his pocket. Armando was afraid because he thought that the heavy man would rob his 50 thousand pesos by threatening him with the pistol he had.
Question. Why did Armando have the idea that everyone in the bank was watching him? what was the truth?
Answer. Armando Gonzalez was withdrawing a large amount of money and had never withdrawn that a large amount of money before. So he was not used to with banking things and stuff.
The bank women spoke to him in a loud sound and counted the currency in such a way that the other could hear. Robbery is the usual thing on the bank’s premises. All these thoughts brought the idea to him that everyone in the bank was watching him for the money. But the truth was something other. He’d put his hat backward which was something unusual because of what everyone in the bank was looking at him.
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Some Important Questions From “Fear”
- Why were the people looking at Armando?
- What are some things which made Armando think that someone was going to rob him?
- Why did Armando leave the bus?
- Sketch the character of Armando Gonzalez in the story Fear.
- How much money has Armando Gonzalez saved in 20 years of time? How does he want to utilize the money he has saved?
- Why did Armando have the idea that everyone in the bank was watching him? And describe what various sights made him more and more nervous.
- Why is Armando afraid of the heavy Man on The bus?
- Why did Armando have the idea that everyone in the bank was watching him? what was the truth?
- Write the story of “Fear” in about 300 words.
- Summarize the story “Fear”.
- Sketch the character of Armando Gonzalez in “Fear”.
THE RECURRING DREAM
THE LOST DOLL
THE HOUSE CALL
THE LOVING MOTHER
MY HEART LEAPS UP WHEN I BEHOLD
SPEAKING OF CHILDREN
LOOK AT THE TEACUP
A WORN PATH
THE THREE DAY BLOW
THE POPLAR FIELD
THE NIGHTMARE LIFE WITHOUT FUEL
UNCHOPPING A TREE
KEEPING THINGS WHOLE
OOPS! HOW’S THAT AGAIN?
THE SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN
ON THE VANITY OF EARTHLY GREATNESS
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