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Tagore’s Gora in the Light of Women Characters


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1 Pt. Ravi Shankar University, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India
2 Bastar University, Jagdalpur, India
     

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The women characters in Tagore's novel seamlessly take up a pivotal role in framing his novels or short stories. The author has a talent of moulding and positioning his women characters in a narrative so much so that without these characters the larger narrative would just be a meaningless caricature. Considering Tagore's immense sense of advancement and love for his country, he takes into careful consideration on how he represents the women folk in all his works. Womanhood has been portrayed as an important entity present in an Indian society and he echoes his views of tradition and modernity through his women characters. This paper explores the number of women characters from his novel Gora, the complexity and the difference in personalities and values held by each women character. The role taken up by women in the nationalist propagandas, with respect to the independence movement which Tagore felt a strong attachment to, is closely analysed and presented through this study.

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Religion, Movements, Nationalism, Tradition, Modernity, Indepemdent, Womanhood, Orthodox, Crisis, Liberty.
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Authors

Somnath Koley
Pt. Ravi Shankar University, Raipur, Chhattisgarh, India
N. D. R. Chandra
Bastar University, Jagdalpur, India

Abstract


The women characters in Tagore's novel seamlessly take up a pivotal role in framing his novels or short stories. The author has a talent of moulding and positioning his women characters in a narrative so much so that without these characters the larger narrative would just be a meaningless caricature. Considering Tagore's immense sense of advancement and love for his country, he takes into careful consideration on how he represents the women folk in all his works. Womanhood has been portrayed as an important entity present in an Indian society and he echoes his views of tradition and modernity through his women characters. This paper explores the number of women characters from his novel Gora, the complexity and the difference in personalities and values held by each women character. The role taken up by women in the nationalist propagandas, with respect to the independence movement which Tagore felt a strong attachment to, is closely analysed and presented through this study.

Keywords


Religion, Movements, Nationalism, Tradition, Modernity, Indepemdent, Womanhood, Orthodox, Crisis, Liberty.

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