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2022, Vol. 4, Issue 2, Part C

Understanding Symbolism and Allegory in Raja Rao’s 'Kanthapura'


Author(s): Dr. Seema Rani

Abstract:
Raja Rao's literary legacy is characterized by his unique fusion of Eastern philosophy and Western literary techniques, contributing significantly to the landscape of Indian English literature and earning him a revered place among literary luminaries. This research paper delves into the intricate web of symbolism and allegory woven within Raja Rao's seminal work, 'Kanthapura.' The novel, set against the backdrop of India's struggle for independence, is a rich feast of cultural, political, and spiritual shades. By closely examining specific textual examples, this paper aims to reveal the hidden layers of symbolism and allegory that enhance the novel's depth and meaning. 'Kanthapura' is more than a narrative of a small village's participation in the freedom movement; it is a multi-dimensional allegory that reflects the complexities of Indian society, the essence of Gandhian philosophy, and the broader human conditions. The paper illuminates various symbols and allegorical elements that enrich the novel's thematic tapestry. The intricate symbolism and allegory in 'Kanthapura', offer readers a profound exploration of India's struggle for freedom, communal unity, and spiritual awakening. Each event and object serve as a lens through which readers can contemplate the intricate interplay between political activism, societal change, and mystical transformation. By infusing these elements with symbolic meaning, Raja Rao provides readers with a multidimensional perspective on the struggles and aspirations of the characters and the society at that time. The symbolism imbued in these elements enriches the novel's themes and deepens its impact, making "Kanthapura" a timeless work of literature that speaks to the universal pursuit of justice, freedom, and self-realization. By dissecting specific textual evidence, this paper provides a deeper understanding of how these elements are interwoven, enhancing the readers' appreciation of Raja Rao's masterful storytelling technique.


DOI: 10.33545/27068919.2022.v4.i2c.1043

Pages: 135-137 | Views: 328 | Downloads: 92

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Dr. Seema Rani. Understanding Symbolism and Allegory in Raja Rao’s 'Kanthapura'. Int J Adv Acad Stud 2022;4(2):135-137. DOI: 10.33545/27068919.2022.v4.i2c.1043
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