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by Rabindranath Tagore

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Identify a theme of The Home and the World.

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One of the primary themes in Home and the World is the danger of nationalism and political extremism. Tagore shows how nationalist fervor can escalate and quickly turn aggressive and, when it does, how it can hinder a country rather than propel it to glory. Tagore conveys the idea that glory is the ultimate goal of nationalism, however, and that the pursuit of glory is linked largely to a country's devotion to the religious traditions that molded it into a nation.

In the novel, a character named Sandip is the leader of the Swadeshi movement, and he recognizes that the movement has the potential to turn aggressive. Still, however, he uses religion and epic poetry to promote the goals of the movement, which shows how people from many countries and in many...

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