Discuss how there is historical as well as artistic value to Kanthapura.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Certainly, it seems difficult to deny the historical merit to Rao's work.  It is set in a time period where there is a great deal of social and historical relevance.  Written at a point where the Indian Independence Movement was not seen as an absolute or confirmed entity, the novel gains a great deal of historical value and social value because of how it stresses rebellion, action, and being a direct agent of one's being in the world.  These elements could not have been undertaken without severe cost, which is why the novel has historical value.  Yet, I think that as a work of art, Rao's work possesses a great deal of artistic merit, as well.  The fact that the work exhibits characters that undergo a great deal of change and evolution throughout the work would be one reason why it has artistic merit.  The novel depicts trajectories of characters who end up changing, undergoing some level of evolution as a result of their experiences.  The women who defend their husbands and village represent how much growth and change they have undergone. There is an artistic quality present in this growth and change.  While such transformation possesses political dimensions and social realities, it also represents a sense of artistic quality in that one sees characters in a work changing and embracing that which they previously did not.

ericadutta | Student

The overall idea I have of the novel is that it is an immensely clever novel that very ably reflects much of the nationalistic themes including the patronising attitude towards the lower caste society. The novel, much like hegemonic Indian nationalists, deploys anti-caste postures to dissemble the projection of brahminical culture as the legitimate national culture.

ericadutta | Student

thank u

thanx a ton...........it has been a great help for me.as i was unable to write about the artistic work




Erica Dutta

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