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 - Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Enemy
  • short stories
  • Upanishads
  • Bhagavad-Gita
  • investigates
  • paramatman
  • antarkarana


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