Humanity in Tagore’s Short Stories
Abdullah Al Mamun
Abstract: This paper attempts to illustrate the magnanimity with which Tagore portrays some of the great characters of his short stories. It highlights the deep love and affection that brought him closer to his fellow men and women and how he assessed the people of different races and social status and those steeped in pains and poverty. The paper throws light on Tagore’s art of characterization by referring to some of his universally appealing characters who are found facing and fighting many social and existential battles. The paper further explores Tagore’s deep insight into their daily battles as the cornerstone of his art, which paints fictional characters with profound touches of humanity. The paper finally provides an assessment of Tagore’s persistent feeling of sympathy and his anti-racist stand which make him a revolutionary humanist. His in-depth observation of human sufferings and concern for mankind produce such characters as Hoimonti, Kabuliwala, Ratan and many more moving characters who will continue to resonate for generations in human minds.
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Published in Fall 2010-11