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What impressions do the village surroundings create?

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eshward | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted May 21, 2012 at 3:24 PM via web

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What impressions do the village surroundings create?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 5, 2012 at 10:57 AM (Answer #1)

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Ulapur does not seem to be any different than any other village in India.  There is some type of industrial structure, like a factory nearby, but for the most part, it is an example of the Indian rural condition.  It is isolated and cut off from the rest of the world.  For the postmaster, this becomes the reason why he needs to leave there.  Coming from the metropolis of Calcutta, the condition of isolation in the village is a bit too much for him to endure.  His desire to leave it is rooted in the very idea that he must seek to escape it.  To a great extent, this is where the village's impressions lie.  Its isolated and cut off nature is something that does not facilitate the postmaster's weak attempts at writing, and feeds his need to escape back to the metropolis of Calcutta.  Yet, Tagore makes clear that the village features some elements that can be found nowhere else.  Ratan roams in the village as an orphan, and her loyalty to the postmaster is not to be found in Calcutta or anywhere, for that matter.  Tagore creates the impression that while the village might be something that is arcane and out of date, there are elements that can be found nowhere else.  When the postmaster leaves the village, he experiences, if only for an instant, the pain of a dual consciousness, a state of being that causes one to mentally project back to one place while existing in another.  The village creates the reality of this condition.  In creating this, if only for an instant in the postmaster, Tagore has constructed a setting whereby one exists in two worlds.  Ulapur, as well as many villages in India, cast this effect on the individual, awakening a type of being and consciousness in an individual that was previously not experienced.

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