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Mariel Hewett 1 April 2008 Kanthapura If I told you that the last ninety pages of the novel Kanthapura were quite easy to read… It would be a lie. Not to say, that one cannot enjoy such ventures as you break through barricades of circular plots and at times incoherent language. Yet, the part that really struck me with this novel was the complete absence of anything Western. This statement is not a criticism, simply an observation, as every other text we have encountered this semester has comprised mostly of the effects of English culture on Indian society (or in some cases, vice versa.) In fact, the only Brit you really come across is the one that behaves like a horny old brute. The rest of the time you hear them referred to in the narration, but the plot still manages to keep air of spiritual broken language.
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Unformatted text preview: One particularly interesting event in the novel revolves around the committee put together by Moorthy to communicate with lower castes in the village of Kanthapura. This breaking away from traditions by challenging old ways to do handle situations shows that Moorthy is a character capable of adapting. While his mother on the other hand, not so capable, therefore, she dies. Yet, as this committee expands and Moorthy as a result becomes more enveloped, it’s interesting to see how the book develops. At this point in our past novels, the British would have had far more of an influence on the lives of our characters. Yet, this time, the village reaches its own grounds, on its own lines, while blurring those “caste lines” as they get closer and closer to their spiritual destiny....
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This note was uploaded on 04/29/2008 for the course ASIA 261 taught by Professor Ploth during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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