The Hungry Stone

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---> The Hungry Stone is a romantic tale of wonder and mystery. ---->Salient features of romanticism in The Hungry Stone.

The Hungry Stone is a romantic tale impressing us by bold invention and appealing to that taste for the supernatural. Spectral and mysterious as the atmosphere of the story is, it is made to look credible. Tagore affects this with the help of lovely strokes of the brush. Realistic descriptions of nature, little human touches here and there, and interposition of day and night – all these produce an effect of probability on the mind and make us feel the hard earth beneath our feet. Tagore has succeeded in effecting an organic blend between the natural and the supernatural and rousing us up to the sublimity and intangibility of an ethereal terror that enchants rather than repels.

All of the characteristics for which Romanticism stands are found in Tagore’s Hungry Stone. Being a supernatural story it is interested in the supernatural and the mysterious. But the story is replete with the medieval imaginative faculty and nature imagery. It has also deep human interest with an originality of thought. There is ‘magic of distance’ which fascinates us in the story. The spirit of adventure, duels and voyages over unchartered deserts offer a storehouse of fascination for us. The narrow unlit alleyways of the sleeping city of Baghdad on a dark night as well as the entire tales of the thousand and one Nights are transported here in the imagination of us. The nature through the mountain Aravallis and river Shusta is further taken in the widest possible connotation.

All of the characteristics for which Romanticism stands are found in Tagore’s Hungry Stone. Being a supernatural story it is interested in the supernatural and the mysterious. But the story is replete with the medieval imaginative faculty and nature imagery. It has also deep human interest with an originality of thought. There is ‘magic of distance’ which fascinates us in the story....
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