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The Artist

Me and Thomas
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Joseph Smedberg

on 14 April 2011

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Transcript of The Artist

"The Artist" Written by Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)
Inhabitant of India
This story was written around the 1900s. The story begins with Govinda growing up. In his later years, his lawyer-brother, Mukunda, passes away. Leaving his estate, family, and some funds. Mukunda leaves his wife, Satyabati, and his son, Chunilal. Throughout the story, Chunilal discovers his love and skill in art. Govinda was raised with the thought that he was to make money, no matter what. He wanted Chunilal to have the same path as him. Govinda goes on a business trip and when he comes back, he discovers that Chunilal has been painting for a while. He becomes enraged and want him to be more money prone. His mother wants Chunilal to follow his own path, and do what makes him happy even if he becomes broke. Summary Point of View This story is told from a 3rd person omniscient view.
An outside voice tells the story. Setting This story mostly takes place in Calcutta, India.
We believe this story takes place in the late 19th century or early 20th century. Give off a rural feel of the surroundings. Protagonist "The Artist" mainly focuses on the life Govinda and is based on Chunilal. Govinda grew up as a middle class man and his life became based on money. He is power hungry.He wants his family to do what he wants them to. Conflict The conflict is external. The conflict is between Govinda and Satyabati. Govinda wants Chunilal to base his life around money, while Satyabati wants Chunilal to do what he wants in life. Resolution The conflict between Govinda and Satyabati of what Chunilal should do with his life is being resolved. When Govinda rips up Chunilal's art and Satyabati and him have an argument, Satyabati takes Chunilal and leaves Govinda so Chunilal can have his own life. Critical Analysis The theme of the story is to do what you want with your life and don't let others influence your path. Unless it's bad. Follow your own path. A few motifs that pop up are the mention of money and art. Dramatic irony is used in this story. We know that Chunilal has been painting while Govinda does not know. Personal Response We liked the story and the message it presents. Chunilal is a lot like each of us. He has a talent that he wants to pursue.
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