Nineteenth Century Domesticity and Social Contemporaneity: Exploring Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay’s The Poison Tree

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Md Nehajul SK


Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay in the novel The Poison Tree has entered into the boundaries of Bengali family life from his own world of historical novels and romances. The characters described in this novel are familiar, intimately related to our lives. Different streams and shades of their happiness and sorrow, experiences and consequences of their lives touch our minds. They live on the real background in which human life takes place.  However, social life is not absent there either. It is more reasonable to call the novel a domestic-social novel. This paper aims to look how Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, in the novel The Poison Tree, has ventured into the territory of the Bengali domestic life with special focus on his depiction of  the conflict between individual freedom and the social life and also how the story of the novel has been narrated in terms of social life.


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Md Nehajul SK. “Nineteenth Century Domesticity and Social Contemporaneity: Exploring Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay’s The Poison Tree”. The Creative Launcher, vol. 7, no. 4, Aug. 2022, pp. 112-9,
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