Describe how complex is the relationship between Postmaster and Ratan. You need to comment upon the complexity of their relations( Postmaster and Ratan) . Give instances from the play to make it...

Describe how complex is the relationship between Postmaster and Ratan.

You need to comment upon the complexity of their relations( Postmaster and Ratan) . Give instances from the play to make it more comprehensive.

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sunithasrivastava | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Honors

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Very true, both the characters are having extreme attitude towards life, relationship, caring others.

We are introduced to the new postmaster of the village that is Ulapur. As the postmaster is born and brought up in Calcutta,his life style is completely different to the rural settings. Without having any idea of the rural way of life, he accepts the job. He comes to the village for his first posting, then he is landed into troubles. His office is housed in a dark thatched hut with unhygienic surrooundings. He is not having a suitable company with whom he can spend his leisure time. The employees of the indigo company, neither have time nor intellect to suit the new postmaster. Open space with trees ached him as he preferred tall buildings all around. To do household work, he appoints a teenager named Ratan. He tries to teach her to while away his spare time.He talks to her just to know her family background. When he sick, he remembers his family members to be with him to take care. He doesn't care to thank her for her caring attitude. Within no time, he decides to go back to his native place to be amongst his close people. He fails to understand the emotional attatchment of Ratan towards him when she wishes to accompany him. It becomes a joke for him. When he sets the sail, for a fraction of second, he feels sad for Ratan, later, he consoles himself philosophically. By this, we can deduce he is self centered.

Ratan is a contrast character to postmaster. She is very happy to be in company of him. She does all household work with utmost care for a little food. She waits eagerly for his call at the door. When he talks about his family she takes much interest and a sense of belongingness crops up in her. During his sickness, she takes the place of his mother and nurses him very affectionately. She cannot bear the news of the departure of postmaster. She urges him to take her with him. When her plea is rejected, she weeps and runs away as she has no philosophy to console herself. She lingers near the post office with the aspiration of returning back of the postmaster.

The relationship is complex as there is no parallel ideas to match with.

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