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In the novel The Home and the World by HYPERLINKhttpenwikipediaorgwikiRabindranathTagore Rabindranath Tagore Bimala is a traditional Indian housewife thats main goal is to makeher husband Nikhil happy The well-educated and modernistic Nikhilhowever believes in a new modernized India in which the women would notbe expected to take part in such demeaning tasks Sandip anationalistic and extremist believer that India is better off untouchedfrom foreign influences points out the flaws of Nikhils ideas in orderto separate the two Although they all want what they think is best forIndia Nikhil and Sandip have opposing views on foreign influence andBimala finds herself in a struggle between the influences of the twomenNikhils bright education opens up the doors to modernization andwestern influences While Bimala strongly believes in tradition sherecognizes that her husband is absolutely modern He was thefirst of the house to go through a college course and take his MAdegree 18 In addition it is evident that of the three maincharacters Nikhil is the most educated and while Bimala and Sandiphave some forms of education they do not have degrees Women are notvery well educated if at all because they are expected to followtradition and complete the housework so the men can get a goodeducation For years the people of India have stuck to tradition byhaving specific gender roles and thinking of men more highly The womenare expected to stay home and complete household tasks while the men goout to get an education and provide for the family For the most partthey only know what has been done for years and they believe that it isthe best for India to continue with those traditions However withNikhils education and experience of the rest of the world he wantsBimala to come into the heart of the outer world and meetreality23 He wants to give Bimala the opportunity to go andexperience the world instead of pursuing in the traditional householdtasks Throughout
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