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INNOCENCE IS KILLED IN GOLDEN CAGE: TAGORE’S THE PARROT’S TRAINING AS A CRITIQUE OF EDUCATION SYSTEM

    1 Author(s):  ARNAB CHAKRABORTY

Vol -  12, Issue- 2 ,         Page(s) : 11 - 15  (2021 ) DOI : https://doi.org/10.32804/IRJMSH

Abstract

The value of reading literature is not only centred on the pleasure it provides but also on the social message or moral message it conveys. In the vast arena of Rabindranath Tagore’s literary creation we find social commentary or social message as a very important aspect of his writings. Pointing out the drawbacks of the education system, Tagore allegorically writes the short story The Parrot’s Training (Tota-Kahini in Bengali) to criticize it where the moral needs of children are denied and proper education is not provided. Here the little bird (parrot) metaphorically suggests a child becoming victimized by the whimsicalities of men in power dealing with education.

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