Alienation In Sita

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Like all her earlier novels this particular novel also illustrates the tenseness 's between family members and the loneliness, isolation and alienation of the middle class woman, Sita, the female protagonist of the story, due to which there comes marital disharmony in her life. Sita is highly emotional, sensitive and intellectual and freedom loving, finds it very difficult to live in patriarchal culture as well as in this practical civilized world. Sita felt alienated and suffocated due to the "vegetarian complacence, the stolidity", 'insularity ' and unimaginative way of life of her husband, children and other people around her. As a result of her experiences, her life becomes boring and monotonous. She could not inwardly accept that this was all called as life, which life would continue thus, inside this small, enclosed arena, with these few characters churning around and then past her leaving her always in this gray, dull-lit, empty shell.
After her marriage Sita feels alienated and unbearable to live with her husband in, 'their age rotted flat ', unbearable in that it is marked by 'sub-human placidity, calmness and sluggishness ' and feels that 'their sub humanity might swamp her '. To remove her loneliness, alienation and to reserve her individuality, she behaves in a way, which appears to be outrageous to the other members of the family by smoking openly and talking 'in sudden rushes of emotion, as though flinging darts at their smooth, unscarred faces '.

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