Explain the metaphor of the rattrap in context of the story by Selma Lagerlöf.


Answer – 

The world tempts human beings with various good things such as luxuries and joys, food and shelter, clothing and warmth, etc. They are just like the bait which is planted to trap a rat into the rattrap. Just when one gets attracted to them, the world closes on the person and traps him.

In the story, the peddler was attracted to the three ten kronors of the crofter, which he stole from him. Later on, he found himself trapped in the forest as he planned to hide by walking through the woods. When he got trapped, he thought that this was a punishment for his sin of getting lured by the money.

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