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What is the summary of the novel Kanthapura?

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shtlbhtt6 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 21, 2010 at 12:48 AM via web

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What is the summary of the novel Kanthapura?

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Karen P.L. Hardison | College Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted May 21, 2010 at 5:15 AM (Answer #1)

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Kanthapura is framed as a flashback to a village legend told by a village oral storyteller, Achakka, of an earlier time. In the legend, a young man of the high Brahmin caste is inspired by the actions and words of Gandhi and returns to his village to lead them to fight for equality and the Indian National Congress. The British army comes to quell the insurgence of resistance in the village and most of the men are imprisoned or killed. The deep part of the legend occurs when the women of the village take over and fight against the British themselves. Celebration occurs not long afterward when word of impending Indian independence reaches what is left of the village, which the women burned rather than to return to the old ways.

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cdrewry | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted May 21, 2010 at 4:42 AM (Answer #2)

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A summary is a brief restatement of the contents of an essay, chapter, book, or any other written work. It should focus on the central idea of the passage, and its organization will reflect the organization of the original piece.

A summary should exclude minor details and personal opinions.

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