Assess the characterization of Moorthy in Kanthapura?

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

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Rao's characterization of Moorthy is one of a force of change.  When one assesses the characterization offered, one sees how the force of change is evident in the story.  Moorthy is the Gandhian in the story.  He is characterized as the fundamental and changing force of history.  In assessing his characterization, Rao is quite open about how Moorthy is seen as the force of change.  Moorthy is the character that challenges the villages presuppositions and ideas about hierarchy.  Moorthy is the character that inspires the women in the village to embrace change.  Moorthy is the character that does not relent in his beliefs, even when force and abuse because of them are evident.  It is here where I think that Rao's characterization of Moorthy is compelling.  It is one in which it becomes clear that Rao recognizes the force of change present in India and understands how to appropriate it in his characterization.  The manner in which Rao depicts this change is how he is able to make clear the compelling and convincing nature of Gandhian change in both urban and rural settings.

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