Diministic Women In Jma Lahiri's The Namesake

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CHAPTER-2 : DIASPORIC WOMEN IN JUMPA LAHIRI’S NOVEL THE NAMESAKE The novel constantly focuses on the contrasting experiences of two generations of expatriates –Ashoke and Ashima who do not attempt to or not inclined towards getting Americanised while Gogol and Sonia constantly face the need to belong . They rather develop taste and ideas more in keeping with the society they live. They seem to realise that diapora can lead to transculturation which occurs in contact zones or social spaces where disparate cultures meet, clash and grapple with each other. Lahiri’s The Namesake, is a cross cultural multi generational story that examines the cultural conflicts, pangs, aspirations and dilemmas of the Indian immigrants who find themselves in between the native and host cultures. Ashima as been represented as the majority of women expatriates, including Indians, who are reluctant to change or to adopt the culture of the host country. This could be a reason for the fact that Ashima does not work outside the home, she has not pursued…show more content…
She misses her homeland and this experience of being neither in Calcutta nor in America nearly kills her. She is a true representative of diasporic people living in similar hidden trauma. Like a traditional Indian wife in appearance and in ideologies, her life revolves around her husband and children and she sacrifices all her comforts for the sake of her family. Ashima thus fits into the ordained role of a perfect homemaker, but Moushami and Sonia failed to fulfil this role. In portraying, Ashima’s experience and her diasporic translocation, there is no attempt to visualise a utopian condition where societal structures would guarantee women their rightful position in society . She does not however seem to realise her condition; a total acceptance of the situation makes her conformist to the

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