Discussing Saki's Sympathy For The Underdog and his Dislike for aunts and such like privileged people.
I think that Saki's life immensely affected his short stories. He himself was an underdog in a life of cruelty and no reward. His Mother died and Saki was sent to live with his aunts in England. He was treated cruelly and so this explains the underdog's life in his stories. The domestic tyrants in the stories are based a lot on his aunts, as being cruel unkind and completely abusing their power over the children.
The three short stories I will be discussing are, "The Story Teller", "Sredni Vashtar" and "The Lumber Room". These three stories are about underdogs that are treated with cruelty yet in the end, "get their own back" it seems.
Many parents with children know how hard it is to travel on long trips with them. In the short story "The Story Teller" by Saki, an aunt was travelling with three little children. When she tries to get the children's attention, the children don't respond to her and continue to disobey her. The aunt is portrayed throughout the story, by Saki, as being unable to control the children or keep their attention for longer than a minute. As she can't do this she tells the children to look out the window at the fields with grass in. She then tells the children answers to their questions, but they persist to get an answer when she doesn't have an answer, when they keep persisting she quickly draws their attention to something that has been there all along. This shows that she isn't capable of handling children. When a bachelor who is travelling in the same carriage as them starts to tell the children a story, the children, with hesitation at first, start to listen to him with excitement.
The story is seen as the bachelor as being both the underdog and the tyrant. He embarrasses the aunt and dismisses her authority and realises her made up relationship with the children.