Analysis Of Chira Banerjee Divakaruni's Arranged Marriage

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Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s Arranged Marriage, a masterpiece is a collection of short stories. This book received the 1996 American Book Award, the Josephine Miles Award, The Bay Area Reviewer’s Award and The Pen Oakland Award. The stories in the collection provide a representation of Indian women’s experience, their turbulent lives. The stories in the collection deal with conflicts arising due to man-woman relationship in the patriarchal society, that again in a land of their adoption, especially in case of women. So, Divakaruni’s fiction is famous as the fiction dealing with the immigrant experience. Divakaruni, like her contemporaries Gita Hariharan, Anita Nair, Meena Alexander, analyses the pressures and conflicts which women experience or face in a patriarchal frame of reference. The milieu of Divakaruni’s stories is Kolkata or USA. Divakaruni seems to employ the form of short story ‘to dramatize the ordeals of wronged womanhood’. (Showalter 405) The Book contains eleven stories. All the stories have women as their focus and bring out the issues dealing with women, their search for identity, self-actualisation, self-assertion etc. The recurrent theme of the collection is woman, her various roles and the nuances of these roles. Divakaruni interrogates the patriarchal system, traditional idea of woman and motherhood. There seems to be an attempt at demythologizing the very concept of motherhood in patriarchy. Therefore, a feminist perspective

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