But from the stage of incompletion the protagonist endeavors to a stage where she makes her mind to face the challenges which is the characteristic feature of woman of the modern generation. Bogged down by existential insecurity and uncertainty, women in her novels are in quest of refuge, which in Roots and Shadows is portrayed through the image of the house. In the current novel Shashi Deshpande artistically portrays the transformation of women in the modern generation. Indu the protagonist of the novel realizes the truth and makes strong decision to fight the problems and find a solution to them. Suman
In almost all her novels we see discord comes into existence when protagonists try to co-exist with the traditional and modern values to create an identity of their own. The affliction and anguish that come with the ordeals of following the traditional values and to combine these values with the modern values of the present time make them strong female characters. She has not out-rightly rejected either the traditional or modern value system but has focused in harmonizing these two different trends. Though she is living in modern times and settled in America, there is a feeling of belongingness and rootedness to India and her interest in women make her feel that women should be free from the patriarchal
As a girl today, I am well aware of the adversities for women in the world. Inequalities in our society are undeniable, but we focus on our own lives rather than women’s lives in the horrific world of human trafficking. The novel Sold by Patricia McCormick explores this terrible world and its implications. McCormick has experience with this world through extensive research and time spent among third world country red light districts. Reading this text, I began to think about gender and its large role on society.
Indeed, the act of naming continues in Morrison’s novel as it becomes the women’s tool of empowerment. As the head of the Convent, Connie who is later on known as Consolata, chooses to provide the females with new names. This act of naming stands in dialogic opposition to the demonizing names given by the men of Ruby. Starting by Gigi, she is the uncontrolled
.] countered the more prevalent sweet and submissive heroines” generally portrayed in novels, Brontë argues that women are just as capable as men (Federico 29). They can develop strong and passionate voices to fight the oppression that a patriarchal society tries to force upon them. This is the basis for Brontë’s negation of sexism which is further prevalent in Jane’s later relationship with Rochester and the emergence of her repressed passion through
But due to the selection of few elite representatives, women writers have been forced to rediscover the past a new, forging again and again the consciousness of their sex. This perpetual disruption has led to a sense of alienation among them and prevented them from a sense of collective identity. Furthermore, she emphasizes social and economic condition of women showing a certain discomfort with the idea of a ‘female imagination’, which, for her, reiterates the familiar stereotypes further suggesting permanence, a deep, basic and inevitable difference between male and female ways of perceiving the world. The female literary tradition instead, she argues, is result of the ‘still-evolving relationships between women writers and their society’. Based on this evolutionary assumptions, she divides the female literary tradition into three main phases, namely, Feminine from 1840s to 1880s, Feminist from 1880s to 1920s and finally female from 1920 onwards, though
Bharati Mukherjee is a renowned author of the Indian Writings in English who has evoked the study of feminism in her writings. Her major anxiety as a creative writer is to find and marmalade women’s identity as daughter, wife, mother and most vital of all as human beings. Her novels are alarmed with a women’s quest for self and elucidation in to the female psyche and indulgent of the vagueness of life. She deals with the phenomenon of exodus, her prominence being on her female characters, their struggle for identity, their psychological ordeal and their final surfacing as self assertive individuals free from the bondages imposed by relationships of the past. She has reacted to the changed psychological and emotional realities of Indian life.
Women’s quest for identity is the central theme of all the novels written by Shashi Deshpande. According to the author after a great deal of suffering and self-introspection, the women come to terms with their present with an understanding and acceptance of their past and are ready now to march ahead with new acceptance of life.In her novels, the male characters husbands, lovers, fathers and other relations- display different aspects of patriarchy and oppression. While the majority of husbands are patriarchal in their approach, the older men particularly the fathers are broad-minded. Surprisingly the male friends are ‘feminist’ in their approach and sympathize with the protagonists a lot. Deshpande’smale characters only serve to enable the protagonists to define their identities more fully.Shashi Deshpande states that she does not “believe in a simple opposition of bad men, I don’t believe the world is like that at all” (Prasad
TIGHT SPOT OF A WOMAN: Novel is a symbol of Post colonialism in India. Deshpande’s novels have Women protagonists for women have always undergone various problems like submission, dominance and so on, but they are carrier oriented, and intellectuals too. Women have been despaired and tortured have been highlighted through the characters such as Indu, Saritha, Jaya, Urmila and Sumi in various novels. They find themselves trapped in the roles assigned to them by the society. Indian society expects Man
The novel is the voice of those who break the image of traditional and ideological women and speak against the age old conventions to define and honor themselves. It is a shared journey with shared confession of their submission and suppression. The story of each of the ladies is thought provoking, appealing, and inspiring in their own way. Anita Nair in her acknowledgement to the Ladies Coupe has said that “…this novel is about ordinary women and their indomitable spirit” (vii). In other words, her novel is an exponent of the Existentialistic spirit.