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Conflict between tradition and modernity in Amitav Ghosh’s ‘The Shadow lines’

Mona Beniwal*, Dr. Anshu Raj Purohit**

*Research Scholar; **Professor, Department of English, Career Point University, Kota, Rajasthan, India;

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DOI: 10.52984/ijomrc1404



The novel presents a variety of characters, each has his own journey. Since the novel puts forth the time of partition (Indo- Bangladesh) and time after it, characters can be seen with traits which are both traditional and modern. It is due to their upbringing and values that their mind has certain inclinations. Because of her traditional values Thamma shows repulsion towards Ila and Tridib. The later ones on the other hand has their own personal set of beliefs to live their lives. Such disparity  in thoughts gives a hint of clashes between them in many parts of the novel. However, even the traditional characters carry a spirit of freedom and modernity within them. Also modern characters have an urge to cling to their roots too.

Keywords: Values, inclinations, set of beliefs, clashes, spirit of freedom.

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