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Mr. Know-All ± William Sommerset Maugham It was after World War II and the narrator was traveling from the USA to Japan. As accommodations were difficult to get, he had to share a room on the ship. On entering his cabin he encountered his roommate's luggage and toilet things which had already been unpacked. He immediately disliked his roommate because all these items seemed to be very kitsch. To top things off, he noticed the man's name Kelada did not appear to be British. This is the first sign that the narrator is prejudiced against non-Britons. When the narrator finally met Mr. Kelada, he disliked him immediately. Kelada was very chatty, he seemed to know everything and was involved in everything, not sensing that he was disliked by every body. He was very proud of his British passport although it was clear that he was not English by birth but a native of one of the British colonies. Although he despised Mr. K, when he was offered a drink (something that was difficult to get in those days because of prohibition), the narrator gladly accepted. This shows that if he can gain something from this relationship, he'll take advantage of it. The narrator is being two-faced. There was another dogmatic person on the ship, Mr. Ramsey. He was taking his wife, who had been in the States for a year on her own, to Kobe were he was working. In contrast to her husband and Mr. K., she was very modest. Although she wore simple clothes, she looked perfect. She was adored by all. One evening at dinner, the conversation drifted to the subject of pearls. As Mrs. Ramsey was wearing a string of pearls, Mr. K. an expert on the subject, declared that it was a genuine string of pearls which costs many thousands of dollars and he would bet a hundred dollars on it.Mr. Ramsey seemed pleased with himself and claimed that Mr. K was wrong. The pearls had been bought at a department store for only eighteen dollars. Well, this argument had to be solved in some way. Both men...

Mr. Know All
1. Often in our self indulged lives we don t take a moment to step back and look deeply at the true characters of the people around us. Instead we are happier with making our unsupported judgments on people and continuing to go about our own concerns. Mr. W. Somerset Maugham

Kelada. Can you give me an analysis of Mr Know All written by William Somerset Maugham? Improve In: Irony and Fallacy [Edit categories] y This content is one-sided. or a General. I did not like the look of it. I do not like to put on airs. there were too many labels on the suitcase. Mr. before he even has a chance to show who he is. Kelada s luggage was already below. 303-304) Here we can defiantly see a dislike for Mr.. Mr.wrote a story called. I was prepared to dislike Max Kelada before I knew him. He hasn t even met the man before and he has already chosen to disassociate him. When I went on board I found that Mr. and the wardrobe trunk was too big. He hasn t even received the chance to say one word of greeting or small talk. After a few days the narrator is sure that he does not like Mr. but to be upset because someone is talking friendly to you is being just plain rude. Kelada. Kelada isn t formal enough with the way he addresses him. I did not like Mr. we may find that they are truly greater in character than we are. he isn t liked. 305) I could understand someone s irritation if they were a doctor. but later when we pause and take a closer look. but I cannot help felling that it is seemly in a total strange to put mister before my name when he addresses me. Mr.. Answers.. (Pg. When the narrator finally meets Mr. Kelada. yet he is looked down upon as a piece of gum stuck to the bottom of a shoe because of his luggage. Max Kelada. The story starts with the narrator already expressing his dislike for the character. doubtless to set me at my ease used no such formality. or something of importance with not being labeled right. Kelada he is set on the fact that he does not like him. Kelada. Know-All. He searches for the smallest reason not to like him and decides that Mr.com > Wiki Answers > Categories > Literature & Language > English Language > Literary Devices and Figures of Speech > Irony and Fallacy > Can you give me an analysis of Mr Know All written by William Somerset Maugham? Answer: Improve . that shows us how we too often tend to act judgmental towards others. Help make it more neutral or balanced. (Pg.

A to Yokohama. Know . who had stayed on her own in New York for a whole year. Portugese. it was difficult to get accomodations. He abhorred the cultural differences between Kelada and himself. The passengers mocked him and called him Mr. The narrator was prepared to dislike Mr. When he first entered the cabin. She looked very modest. The irony of the story lies in the fact that the list of Mr. feeling superior to them. She looked perfect and was adorable. he was deeply shocked to realize it was a chatty Levantine of oriental origin. . not sensing that he was disliked by everybody. The man's name and the sight of his things aroused a strong repulsion in him since he was prejudiced against all non. e) A gentleman shouldn't be too chatty and argumentative. his name suggests Spanish.All even to his face. Kelada: a) A total stranger should address a gentleman with "Mr. Although his origin isn't stated precisely. Kelada's "hooked nose". g) A gentleman shouldn't be too dogmatic. Her clothes were simple although they achieved an effect of quiet distinction. which might imply an antisemitic remark against Jews. neat and tidy gentleman. Kelada even before he saw him.Britons.Mr. He was very chatty and talked as if he had been superior to everybody else. f) A gentleman shouldn't show off and boast about his super knowledge. There was another dogmatic person on the ship . Kelada's gestures. his hatred got even stronger. U. d) A gentleman should keep quiet during meals. He was on his way to Kobe after having picked up his pretty little wife. Japan. He both detested and despised Mr. Kelada. but he expected him to be one of his own countrymen. When the narrator met Mr. b) A gentleman shouldn't be pushy. the description of Kelada is negative and biased. Therefore. Kelada's "negative" traits presented in the beginning of the story shows an orderly. Mr. Ramsay who was an American Consular Serviceman stationed in Kobe. but a native of one of the British colonies (he did have a British passport). The narrator mentions Mr.S. Mr. Japan on the Pacific ocean. Syrian or even Jewish origin. Kelada's luggage and toilet things that had already been unpacked.The story takes place in international waters on an ocean going liner sailing from San Fracisco." and be formal. who was not British. The narrator's prejudice is based on several cultural differences between him and Mr. the narrator had to share a cabin with a total stranger. Instead. Max Kelada. As the war had just ended. Therefore. c) A gentleman should be modest. he saw Mr. Kelada was a person that seemed to know everything and was involved in everything.

Ramsay was wearing a string of pearls. It was then that the narrator learned to value the dark skinned Levantine. has been unfaithful to her husband. describing it in a sort of homespun lyricism that purportedly shows his genuine feelings about his career among horses.All were in their cabin. Mr. This story shows that first impressions are often misleading and that appearances are sometimes deceptive. It contained a hundred dollar bill from Mrs. Kelada didn't . he ruined his reputation instead . Later. What the reader infers from all this is that the swipe's. and trainers.answers. that his wife had bought it for 18 dollars in a department store. The story spread all over the ship and everybody mocked Mr.he told everybody that he was wrong and that the string was an excellent imitation.All took out a magnifying glass from his pocket. . He then realized that Mrs. while the narrator and Mr.com/Q/Can_you_give_me_an_analysis_of_Mr_Know_All_written_by_William_Som erset_Maugham#ixzz1d1J41GyC I M A FOOL The Story The narrator is a nineteen-year-old boy whose life revolves around his job as a swipe at a local racetrack. Mrs. Kelada. On the other hand. the conversation drifted to the subject of pearls. Ramsay got the pearls from her lover. He was ready to bet a hundred dollars on it. Ramsay. Kelada announced that it certainly was a genuine one which had probably cost many thousands of dollars. Ramsay's marriage. on the other hand. traveling from track to track tending the horses. whose modesty and good qualities no one questions. Ramsay. Read more: http://wiki. color or origin we should observe his behaviour and reactions in difficult situations. Kelada's generosity. When Mr. Burt. The moral of the story is that we must not judge a book by its cover. Ramsay a hundred dollars. brave gentleman who wouldn't hurt others.. and the young man boasts of the good life that they lead. Know .. jockeys. he noticed a desperat appeal in Mrs. He was amazed at Mr. Ramsay. Mr. Though it is a menial job with no future. Significantly. an envelope was pushed under the door. is in reality a sensitive. want to destroy Mrs. As Mrs. Mr.One evening. Know . Rather than judging a person by his looks. He gave Mr. Kelada who is described as a disgusting person who shows off all the time and knows everything better than others. Ramsay's eyes. his best friend and fellow worker is a black man.Since Mr. the young man brags to the reader about it.