Analysis Of Hariharan's 'The Thousand Faces Of Night'

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Then she philosophically concludes the story by generalizing the fact that, “a woman gets her heart’s desire by great cunning” (Hariharan, TFN 20). While describing the story of Nala and Damayanti, grandmother shed light on the “regal dignity and solemnity of a swayamvara” (Hariharan, TFN 18), the self-choice ceremony that will enable her to choose her husband. Devi’s concept of swayamvara and marriage comes out from her early childhood stories. By telling the story of the bravery and determination shown by Damayanti to espouse Nala, grandmother’s intention was to instill the qualities such as strong determination and courage in the mind of the little girl. In the novel The Thousand Faces of Night, Hariharan equals the life of human characters with that of the myths. The stories narrated by Grandmother are rich in culture and strong in values as the listeners take everything granted for their future life. The dream like life of Devi came to an end when she was married to Mahesh after her return from America. Mahesh had everything a young lady could wish for: an executive job, a mansion in Bangalore and enormous riches. But the cold and indifferent attitude of her husband was more than she could bear. She heard many stories of harassment at the hands of husbands, but she was not prepared for such a kind of treatment from her husband. The next story narrated by grandmother is about Gandhari. In a dominant patriarchal society like India, it is not uncommon to see women,

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