Jayanto is so attached to the doll which was
given by his uncle and which was said to be responded when called by the name "FRITZ". Fritz was Jayanto's childhood companion. He treated the doll no less than the human being. He told his friend Shankar that he even buried it as if a real child, it had died when a couple of stray dogs had destroyed the doll. He constantly remembers the doll and couldn't even forget it even after 31 years. When Jayanto visited Bundi again as a
grown-up man, he felt emotional for his doll Fritz which he had lost so many years ago. He was so much obsessed with Fritz that one night when something walked on his chest, he at once concluded that it was Fritz. When he discussed about this with his friend Shankar, he suggested him to dig out the place where Jayanto had buried his doll Fritz and when the place was dug out, there was a twelve-inch-long, pure white, perfect little human skeleton."
Author leaves the story in suspense and it is left to readers to decide whether was a ghost or a supernatural being or just a figment of Jayanto's childhood imagination. So, at some point the story is all raised
up and built on Fritz which was Jayanto childhood doll. So, the title is apt for the story
Fritz was a one-foot tall doll which was brought from Switzerland by his uncle for him. he added that he was very fond of the doll and was very much attached to it. He felt devasted when two stray dogs destroyed it. With grief in his heart, he buried the doll under the same Deodar tree which still stood there.
The short story “Fritz” written by Satyajit Ray is about two friends Shankar and Jayanto. They planned a trip and decided to visit Bundi which is a village in Rajasthan. Jayanto had often visited the place during his childhood days. He recollects the memories about the place and things and the people he had met there. While narrating some of the instances from his memories, he tells Shankar about Fritz. Fritz was a one-foot tall doll which was brought from Switzerland by his uncle for him. he added that he was very fond of the doll and was very much attached to it. He felt devasted when two stray dogs destroyed it. With grief in his heart, he buried the doll under the same Deodar tree which still stood there. That night the doll appears in Jayanto’s dream who came back to play with his master.
At the end of the story, it is seen that the bones of a human are found at the place where he had buried the doll. Hence, it is left for the readers to analyze that whether Fritz was a doll or a human. The story ends with a mystery which is unresolved. Satyajit Ray has been known for his great and shocking endings which leaves his readers and viewers to think and examine the story as per themselves.