An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What are Gandhi's views about his marriage?

He thinks that he is too young to be married, but is interested in the physical aspect of it and in the wedding ceremony. In retrospect, he thought it fortunate that custom kept him and Kasturbai away for long periods of time. Gandhi is a faithful husband and thinks Kasturbai should also be faithful, and he becomes a very jealous husband. He also thinks his wife should be educated, but Kasturbai is not interested.

2. What influence does Gandhi's high school friend have on him?

The friend is not liked by his wife, mother, and older brother, and they warn Gandhi to stay away from him. In retrospect, he decides that a reformer cannot have intimacy with someone he wishes to reform and that a friendship between people with like natures can be enduring. His friend encourages Gandhi to eat meat, which is against his parents' wishes. Gandhi wants to eat meat so he can be strong so that Indians can defeat the British. His friend also takes him to a brothel where Gandhi is thrown out because he does not act. His friend has led him astray and also causes tension between Gandhi and Kasturbai.

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