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The Post Office
Transcript of The Post Office
by Rabindranath Tagore
Amal is a very optimistic young boy who loves nature and talking to strangers. Even though he can't physically go outside he likes to look at the world through his window and talk to the many people that pass by. Amal is soon loved by all the strangers he talks to by his optimism and innocent curiosity about life. Through this manner he teaches different lessons to each of the strangers, which usually makes them feel the same happiness that Amal feels all the time.
There are many important events in the play that are key in understanding the theme that the author tries to tell the reader. The first important event is the very beginning when Madhav is talking with the village's physician. The physician tells Madhav that Amal is very ill and in order to keep him from getting worse, Amal must stay inside at all times. This is very important to the play because it tells the reader that Amal is very sick and he can't go outside at all, which makes the theme come across to the reader more dramatically and memorable.
The Watchman is the man who rings the bell to tell the villagers the time of day. His character is a very hard-working man who only cares about his work. When Amal meets him he only worries about his job and nothing else. But after he finishes talking with Amal he realizes that work isn't the only thing that is important in life, and sometimes you just need to stop and appreciate the world.
The Dairyman is the first stranger that Amal meets in the story. The dairyman is also a very pessimistic man, like Madhav, and feels that his insignificant in the world because of his job. This low self-confidence makes him a downer and Amal takes notice in it. When the dairyman talks to Amal, Amal tells him how much he wishes he could have the dairyman's job. After talking with Amal, the dairyman finds a self-confidence that has been hiding in him and realizes that he has a very good and necessary job in the village. This new found confidence makes him very happy, which in return makes Amal even more happy than he usually is.
Sudha is the young girl who Amal meets while looking outside his window. She is the daughter of the flower-seller and was on her way to pick some flowers when she met Amal. Her character is depicted as a strong-willed and well-behaved young girl. When talking to Amal at first she seems to be a bit annoyed with Amal questions and requests, but later she sees that he is just being curious and just wants to make friends. She makes a promise with him to come back to his house to see him once she is done picking flowers and she surely keeps that promise at the end of the play.
31 March 2014
Madhav is Amal's adoptive father and loves Amal dearly. During the play he is seen as a pessimistic character because he is worried constantly about Amal and his health.
Gaffer/Fakir is Madhav brother and disguises as a traveler who befriends Amal. In the play he is seen as a character that is optimistic about Madhav's situation and in order to help lessen his stress he disguises himself as a traveler who has millions of stories about all the places that he has traveled. He tells Amal all these stories since Amal loves adventure and befriending people. This helps Madhav stay calm about the situation and helps Amal stay even more happy than he already is.
The Headman is basically the person that oversees the village and its people. He is depicted as a mean character who is very conceited and rude to villagers. Nobody likes him in the village because he is so mean and very stern to the villagers. When he first meets Amal he thinks he is some annoying kid who doesn't know proper etiquette when talking to person of power. We find out later in the play that Amal had actually found his way into the headman's heart and the headman grows soft and nice. This is found out when he comes to tell Amal that a letter had been sent from the King of his soon arrival to meet with Amal.
There are many themes throughout the play, but the overall themes are that the innocence and wonder of a child can change any person young or old and even when you die your spirit will last on forever. The first theme is seen when Amal is conversing with the many strangers that he meets while looking out his window. You can tell the changes in each of the strangers as Amal talks about all his wonders, hopes, and dreams in life even though he is sick, and the fact that he doesn't know how sick he is, is probably the most saddening. The second theme is seen at the very end of the play when Amal feels himself getting more tired, but his spirit is getting stronger as it is getting ready to leave his body and set out on all the journeys that he wants to accomplish.
The second important event is when Amal and Madhav are talking and Amal tells Madhav about his dreams and hopes of going outside to explore all the nature that makes up the earth. Amal tells Madhav that he especially wants to walk over the big hill that Amal can see from his window, to see what lies beyond it. Madhav automatically shoots down the idea of venturing beyond the hill and sees it more as a barrier than an adventure. This is also very important because it shows the reader how innocent Amal's thoughts and dreams are and makes sure that the reader knows just how young Amal is.
The next important event is when Amal first talks to the dairyman. Amal tells the dairyman about all his wonders of the world and the dreams he wishes to accomplish one day. Then he tells the dairyman how he wished to be a dairyman just like him and be able to have such amazing job to do everyday. This makes the dairyman feel happy and better about himself and his job. This is a very important event because it shows the reader how Amal can influence and change an adults way of thinking just by his innocence, dreams, and curiosity about the world.
The next important event is when the headman comes to tell Amal of a letter than the King sent telling him that he is going to arrive soon to meet Amal in person. This excites Amal because his biggest dream is to become the King's postman so he can travel all around delivering messages to the villagers. This is a very important event because this happens in when Amal is feeling worse than he usually does, telling the reader that the inevitable has finally come for poor Amal. It also tells the reader that they shouldn't give up on their dreams no matter how big or wild they may be because they will still be able to come true one day.
Lastly, the final important event of the play is when Amal dies. This is very important because in the play it says that Amal has fallen asleep, but this sleep can either mean a simple sleep that he will be able to wake up from the next morning or the eternal sleep that is known as death. This is very important of course because it allows the second overall theme of the play to be seen. It also makes the play much more memorable since it leaves a cliff-hanger that can be argued about. But I think that this final event that ends the play is important because it lets the main theme become more prominent and allows the reader to think about their own life in comparison to Amal's.