Dr. Hetal S. Patel
Dr. Tapas Chakrabarti
Associate Professor, Department of English, Hemchandracharya
North Gujarat University, Patan
This paper is an attempt to analyze the characters in Jhumpa Lahiri’s The Lowland as foils as well as complements. Subhash and Udayan, the principal protagonists of the novel, are poles apart when it comes to their political ideologies and worldviews. One is a radical Marxist and the other is a more balanced and politically neutral person who is skeptical of sudden revolution. One is an admirer of Subhash Bose and Mao while the other practices the Gandhian values of humanity, kindness and tolerance. The paper tries to analyze the contradiction between violent political activism and a pragmatic and humane approach through Udayan and Subhash respectively.
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