Four Chapters (1934) is written against the backdrop of the pre-Independence revolutionary terrorist movement in Bengal. It denounced terrorism when revolutionary terrorism was a symbol of courage, dedication, sacrifice and heroism. It asserts that the good of man cannot be attained by the ruin of another.
In Four Chapters Ela, the heroine, makes others aware of the value of love and individuality and voices her moral anxieties against violence. The novel justifies Tagore’s claim that it is not a political novel but a love story.
Here Tagore gives us one of the most impressive accounts of primitive, irresistible, passionate and erotic moments of star-crossed young lovers who are crushed under a false ideology.