Kanthapura Critical Analysis

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To briefly remember and recollect the beginnings, Raja Rammohan Roy strongly advocated the Western instead of Oriental education. The founder of English literature in India was virtually and indirectly Lord Macaulay, Raja Rammohan Roy has inculcated in the native minds love for the English language and later a passionate zeal for literary creation in it. With the passage of time a handful of eminent writers emerged on the Indian literary scene who produced literary specimens of considerable standard that blazed a new trail and guided many young aspiring writers. Therefore, the appearance of Michael Madhusudan Dutt, Toru Dutt, and others on the literary horizon is not an event that can be described as fortuitous but a natural corollary. Ever…show more content…
Narayan writes with ease and his fiction highlights the dilemma of average men and women. His novels are charged with gentle irony and humour. As P.D. Mehta remarks: ‘In his novels he has handled his characters with humour and tolerant irony, smiling all the while at their follies, the conflict between what they want to appear and what they are actually.’ (1968:115,116). Narayan carried the Indo-English novel towards an achievement that goes beyond mere aspiration. He is the child of the Gandhian Age. His artistic exploitation of the rich resources of India’s past in relation to the complex present is strikingly evident in Kanthapura. It is the story of how the Congress for India’s freedom came to a small south Indian village Kanthapura. Therefore, the first remarkable feature of post-Independence Indian English fiction is the consolidation of their reputations by the leading trio Anand, Narayan, and Raja Rao. The graph of Anand’s achievement has never followed a steady course, exhibiting instead bewildering ups and downs; and it is possible to maintain that his first novel Untouchable still remains his finest work; but his long autobiographical saga of which three volumes so far appeared (Seven Summers (1951); Morning Face (1970); and Confession of a Lover (1976)) have promise to be an impressive fictional
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