IJSRP, Volume 5, Issue 9, September 2015 Edition [ISSN 2250-3153]
Dr. Rohini Chandrica Widyalankara
The Lumber Room by Saki has undergone multiple analyses as a short story. This study firstly examines its socio-pedagogic suitability for a target population of fifteen year old students who are embarking on the path of appreciating literature in Sri Lanka as the short story is contained in their anthology. It is rich in analytical excellence. The tightness of plot, multiple themes, dramatic dialogue, economy and dexterity in the use of language make it an ideal artifact for analysis of the short story genre. There is an omnipresence of humour, especially satire and wit. Secondly this study utilizes the short story as an analytical cameo on development psychology of a child and adult-child relationships. Its autobiographical nuances enhance the realistic value in this context. At present within the institution of family in the Sri Lankan society a transition from the traditional extended family structure to an accelerated creation of nuclear families is witnessed. The short story generates awareness on the need in a child for strong emotional attachments with positive reinforcement from care givers who unlike in the past very often is restricted to the two parents at present. Additionally it affirms the right of children to engage in and experience creativity. Thus the thematic multiplicity of the short story targets a reader population of children who are given an occasion to evaluate the relationship they have with their own parents.