Analysis Of Tehmina Durani's My Feudal Lord

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1. Introduction: Tehmina Durani is a Pakistani woman activist and writer, born on 18 February 1953. She is a reporting her marriage life with Ghulam Mustufa Khar. This book describes why and how does woman (Tehmina) feel alien in the capitalist society? And why do women use as a commodity in it? Women are being ignored physically, emotionally and sexually. Different reasons, causes, and impulses behind women subjugation, which are the major hurdles in the way of any country’s progress working on the back of this ignorance, and how can a woman defeat these causes in order to stand as an individual being in this patriarchal Society? The answer to these questions is only economic power can save women from the feelings of being alien in their…show more content…
It is not only the life journey of Tehmina Durrani. But it is life journey of every woman living in feudal and capitalist society. The status of women in backward societies like Pakistan is quite pathetic. No matter to which social class she belongs; a woman is always treated as subordinate. Despite belonging to an elite class, Tehmina Durrani suffered from the worst possible tyrannies. My Feudal Lord is a story of conventional women who has complex relations with her mother. Owing to this in young age and alienation from his own home Tehmina decides to marry Anees who belonged to an upper middle-class family. Durrani acknowledges this as “I wanted to escape from my family”. She never built an affectionate relation with Anees. Thus, sense of incompleteness and insecurity remained in her personality. Hence when she met with Khar first time she was mesmerized by his personality. In class-divided society people always live under a state of either superiority complex or inferiority complex. Tehmina was not satisfied with Aness. At the same time, Anees used to take Tehmina with her in every party in order to get career benefits. At this stage also Tehmina’s existence is nothing but of a show piece. Tehmina was brought up in a cosmopolitan city and was ignorant of feudal culture. Marx in this regard says “In the feudal system there is extreme oppression of women,…show more content…
She has no existence of her own. Men define her as identity and status. Women alienated in the society based on the class system. She starts believing myths regarding her low status and biological incompetence. Simon De Beauvoir (1949) claims that man has fabricated and constructed women as other. Man is the self and the woman is other. Whatever characterizes the men, in their own view indeed, women must be defined contrary. As men are represented biologically strong, women are represented biologically incomplete. As men represent good, women are defined as evil. The theme of otherness is important in this autobiography. Women in class-divided societies are always attached to the male members of the family. In the culture of South Asia for an upper class man both conditions need to be present, for example a Feudal Lord, tribal leader or big industrialist is considered honorable because he possesses material riches and exercises substantial control over the women and children in his family Tahira S Khan writes in her book Beyond Honor

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