How does Koly's personality and independence change throughout Homeless Bird?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Simply put, Koly's voice comes out as the novel develops.  From a traditional and rural girl who suffers for the benefit of the family, Koly ends up embracing a more modern conception of woman.  This vision sees her breaking away from the tyrannical mother in law and working in Vrindavan.  She earns money that she is able to keep for herself and establish her own life.  At the same time, she ends up understanding that the dynamics between men and women can be predicated upon love and autonomous choice, as opposed to social expectation and tradition- bound compulsion.  The change throughout the novel reflects this level change in Koly, and is one that allows her to live her life with a new level of contentment present.  It is only through Koly finding her voice and establishing her own identity that permits such a change to transpire.

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