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(i) Margayya is a poor money-lender who works under a banyan tree and has a wife and a son continues to dream about getting rich. He tries many aspects to become wealthy by taking help of many characters in the village and somehow, he managed to live a wealthy life. When Margayya distributed the book in Malgudi, the response was extremely well so this influences him to write his own books and sell to the people of villages to earn money. Later on, Margayya was worried about his son considerably who was not into studies much. He was showing no interest to school and doesn’t want to be productive in any life. Margayya had put all his efforts in giving him proper education. He provided tuitions for him and did every effort to get his admission to the universities. But in spite of the tutors, the son never seemed to study sincerely which resulted in the failure in entrance examinations thrice. Margayya remained a lot concerned so he sent his son to Madras to study properly. Later when he found him alive, he told him to not to worry about the school anymore and decided to get his son married. He wanted to get him marry in a wealthy family where he can enjoy all the provision. After his marriage, both of them began to live in a big house with all facilities.

(ii) Margayya’s relationship with his wife was seemed to be different in each part of the novel. Mostly it is a male dominant relationship where she always tends to be silent and adjustable with any circumstances. He treats his wife as unworthy of his love and care and also, she is no part of his business dealings information. His wife Meenakshi is an unperceptive companion who doesn’t have her personal opinion about any situation. She always agrees to whatever Margayya asks her to do and follow. She never seems to show her thoughts and emotions throughout the whole story. Although she is frightened by the anger and irrational rages between her and Margayya as he always keeps thinking about being wealthier by any hook or crook. His wife always accepts the various changes in her fortune with obedience. The only time when she asserts some sort of anger and worry when their son Bala was declared to be dead. She blames Margayya to send their son to Madras where he attempted suicide. Her grief and rage frighten Margayya to go to Madras to find their son. Their relationship is not at all a healthy husband wife relationship.

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