Being a naturalist, Tagore often resorts to nature to develop the mood of the story. Bring out the truth in the statement referring to The Postmaster.

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

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I certainly think that there is some level of truth in the statement.  Tagore writes of the natural setting filled with natural people.  The naturalist tendency of writing about everyday character is seen in the short story.  The Postmaster is really not extraordinary.  He appears to be more intellectual and intelligent because of his placement in the village.  Ratan is an orphaned girl who roams the village in search of any type of belonging.  Both of them are "common, everyday people."  However, Tagore places both of these individuals in a rather extraordinary circumstance in that both of them rely on one another in enduring the time in the village.  This is best seen in the end of the story, when Tagore is able to place both characters in the extraordinary condition of departure where they will never see one another again.  The naturalist tendency to bring out the universal out of a natural experience is also seen in this closing, highlighted with Tagore's narration at how departure and the breaking of one's heart is seen in a natural sensibility.

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