The Coppersmiths In The Big Heart

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After writing about the Untouchables, coolies, laboureres, Anand represents an intimate picture of another segment of society, the coppersmiths in The Big Heart. This novel is mainly an effective dramatization of the effects of industrialization and money values on the traditional make-up and the values of Indian rural communities. Unlike Bakha, Bikhu and Munoo, the protagonist Ananta is not handicapped by his social status and lack of education. He is equipped with the adequate understanding of the social status and human dignity. Ananta, a coppersmith, returns to his own city after having worked in the factories in Bombay and Ahmedabad. Two capitalists have set up a factory with huge machines and as a consequence of it, the “thathiars” are deprived of their jobs. In Amritsar, Ananta resumes his hereditary trade. But like most people of his brotherhood, he finds it difficult to make a living. The “thathiars” neither get piece-work nor are they absorbed by the new factory. This means starvation for the poor coppersmiths. Enusing frustration brings them in direct conflict with the capitalists. Ananta is also refused a job in the factory and this makes him identify himself with his dispossessed brothers. To get them out of their predicament becomes the chief object of his life. He…show more content…
He is overcome with a sense of futility and then wonders how could “one man’s sympathy surge up and spread the balm of pity over the rotting flesh of the whole of Hindustan ?”. One wonders is it Ananta or Anand himself who has uttered this line. Perhaps it echoes the novelist’s own despair as he returned to India after years in
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