â€œNew Womanâ€ in Rabindranath Tagoreâ€™s Short Stories: An Interrogation of â€œLaboratoryâ€
AbstractThis article investigates Rabindranath Tagore's perspectives on women as seen through his short stories. While his poems primarily describe beauty, nature and his search for what is beyond mundane life, his short stories deal with the lives of ordinary people. Women's struggles and sufferings are particularly highlighted. This article argues that while on one hand Tagore reveals the unequal social structure that oppresses women, on another, he creates courageous women who challenge tradition. His short story â€œLaboratory,â€ written a few months before his death, expresses his latest views on women and gives shape to the â€œnew woman,â€ whom he perceives as arriving in India in the near future. In so doing, Tagore urges women to find an identity of their own, and realise that wifehood and motherhood are but fractions of their whole being.
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