Kanthapura

by

Raja Rao

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A young brahmin man from the village who went to the city for University, adopted city ways, and is widely called “the University Graduate” even though he did not even make it to his second term. At the beginning of the book, Dorè proclaims himself a Gandhian and wears khadi-cloth, but Achakka voices her disdain for Dorè’s self-importance and suggests that he only pretends to follow Gandhi to seem sophisticated. Although he joins the village’s Gandhian movement, he is often condescending toward its leader, Moorthy.

Dorè Quotes in Kanthapura

The Kanthapura quotes below are all either spoken by Dorè or refer to Dorè. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Oral Tradition, Writing, and Political Power Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Oxford University Press edition of Kanthapura published in 1963.
Section 13 Quotes

“This is all Ramayana and Mahabharata; such things never happen in our times.”

Related Characters: Dorè (speaker), Moorthy, Rangamma, Mahatma Gandhi, Kenchamma
Page Number: 125
Explanation and Analysis:
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Dorè Character Timeline in Kanthapura

The timeline below shows where the character Dorè appears in Kanthapura. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Section 1
Nationalism and Colonialism Theme Icon
Land, Geography, and Belonging Theme Icon
...across the river and an enormous crowd descends on Akkamma’s house to see him, including Dorè, whom everyone calls “the ‘University graduate.’” (full context)
Gandhism and the Erosion of Caste Theme Icon
Dorè’s parents died and sisters married when he was young, so he found himself “all alone... (full context)
Oral Tradition, Writing, and Political Power Theme Icon
Land, Geography, and Belonging Theme Icon
But honestly, the narrator remarks, “we never liked [Dorè]. He had always been such a braggart,” unlike “Corner-House Moorthy,” who lived “like a noble... (full context)
Section 7
Gandhism and the Erosion of Caste Theme Icon
Nationalism and Colonialism Theme Icon
A large crowd assembles around Moorthy—Dorè laughs at him, and he is visibly losing strength. By nightfall, only Rangamma is left,... (full context)
Section 10
Nationalism and Colonialism Theme Icon
...from the brahmin quarter, and the policemen go there to beat them, too. Ramanna and Dorè proclaim their loyalty to Gandhi and “the policemen beat them till they were flat on... (full context)
Section 13
Oral Tradition, Writing, and Political Power Theme Icon
Nationalism and Colonialism Theme Icon
...thinks the gods will evict the British from India before Gandhi completes his march, but Dorè laughs that “this is all Ramayana and Mahabharata; such things never happen in our times.” (full context)