What is the significance of the novel's title, The Serpent and the Rope?
The title of Raja Rao's novel is significant in that it represents Ramaswamy's spiritual quest. He struggles with his real-world commitments to his wife and his determination to gain a spiritual understanding of the world. We're told, "The world is either unreal or real—the serpent or the rope. The rope just is—and therefore there is no world." Rama's drive to transcend the world and discover a deeper truth is central to the novel and its title.
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The Serpent and the Rope
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