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This article tries to study objects, symbols and their thematic significance in the novels of Raja Rao. Raja Rao has generously made use of symbols generously in his works. Studying his symbols is vital to understand his artistic accomplishments. Since symbols are inevitably intertwined with themes of a work of art, their analysis for a better appreciation of the work becomes essential. However, in view of the fact that symbols are apt to yield a wide range of meanings, the study has been focused on the thematic functions of the symbols in the novels of Raja Rao.
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Raja Rao, The Cow of the Barricades, Champak Library, Oxford University Press, London, 1947. Quoted from the Foreword, p.5.
Ibid p. 81.
Raja Rao, The Serpent and the Rope, London: John Murray, 1960 p.25.
Raja Rao, The Cat and Shakespeare: A Tale of Modern India. Hind Pocket Books, Orient Paperbacks, 1971). p. 76.
Raja Rao, Kanthapura, Rpt. in the Champak Library, Bombay: Oxford UP, 1947. p. 6.
Raja Rao, The Serpent and the Rope, London: John Murray, 1960 p.8.
Raja Rao, The Cat and Shakespeare, A Tale of Modern India. Hind Pocket Books, Orient Paperbacks, 1971). p. 31.
Raja Rao, ‘Nimka’ The Illustrated Weekly of India May 19, 1963, p, 17