Justify the title 'On the face of it'.
The title "On the face of it" justifies the theme of the chapter. With a burned face, Derry had to face discrimination, because of which he had turned pessimistic. He had started hating being around people and had concluded that everyone hated him too because of his face. Then Derry meets Mr Lamb, a person who looks at things with a "half full" perspective. He points out that how one green plant is called considered desirable and how the other (weed) is undesirable and how the sound made by the bees may be noise to some and music to others. He teaches Derry to not to look at his burned face as a disability and try to overcome it jst as Mr Lamb had dealt with his tin leg. The title means that its not the problem but the way we look at the problem that matters.
This definition of the expression should leave us in no doubt about the appropriateness of the title. An individual may be quite different from what we think of him or what he or she may apparently appear to be at first glance. There is the imperative need for us to view others by removing our glasses of prejudice, hatred, hearsay and dislike.
On the face of it, Mr. Lamb appears to be mysterious, lonely, lame old fellow who lives in a neighbourhood house with a huge garden, but in reality he is very kind, generous, loving and altruistic. Similarly, although Derek has an ugly looking scary face, he is fine lad of fourteen with a deep longing for love. There is nothing wrong with Mr. Lamb and Derek. What is wrong is the way people in their lives and around them view and treat them.
On the face of it, there is so much of diversity, so many differences and divides between the people and other species of the world but underneath is a oneness, a sameness – all of them are created by God and all of them need to live and grow together with love and mutual acceptance/ As the play progresses the characters’ views about each other and our impression of them changes for the better.
Thus, Susan Hill has quite appropriately entitled her play “On the Face of it
Initially, it looks like Derry is an arrogant boy who cares for nothing when in reality he"s an insecure boy who yearns for love.
Any individual may be different from what we think they are.In the story, both characters are disabled but each one takes in in a different way.Mr. Lamb doesn't care and allows people to think what they want to think. On the other hand, Derry takes it to heart and lets it consume him.
In the end, what matters is how we look at the problem.You never know, but it might be the exact opposite of what you thought it was.
So yes, we can conclude that the topic is relevant to the story.
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