In the poem ‘Television’ by Roald Dahl, the poet advises us to throw the TV sets away. Give opinion for or against the poet’s view here.
Or, Do you think the author is being extreme when he recommends that television should be thrown away? Can there be a balance? What is that balance?
Well, in the poem ‘Television’, Roald Dahl is urging the readers —
So please, oh please, we beg, we pray,
Go throw your TV set away
But I would like to think it as a hyperbole or an exaggerated statement. This is not to be taken literally. The poem has been an eye-opener for many parents, no doubt. We should monitor and curb excessive television addiction of our children. But, not to forget, television is still a major source of news and information about the outer world. There are educational and training programmes too. Indeed it’s a good medium of learning.
The poem’s main concern has been the addiction to TV and indifference to books, spending long hours sitting before that ‘idiotic box’ and neglecting physical exercises and outdoor games. So, to state it clearly, I am against throwing the TV sets away from home but, of course, not in support of sitting in front of it for hours and neglecting study or work.
So, all in all, we should strike a balance between television watching, study and outdoor sports and games.