Imagining the 'enemy': Adversarial roles in Rabindranath Tagore's short stories

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This essay investigates Rabindranath Tagore's portrayal of antagonists or adversarial characters in a select body of his short stories, and argues that his perception of the antagonist is rooted in the influences of the Upanishads and the Bhagavad-Gita on his literary sensibility. Cut off from the paramatman and their antarkarana, his antagonists live in adviya and in rajasic or tamasic states.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)70-81
Number of pages12
JournalRupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes

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  • 'Enemy'
  • Rabindranath Tagore’s short stories
  • antagonist
  • Adversarial Roles


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