Dorothy Parker's The Modern Women: The Lost Sex

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Dorothy Parker has written in her work The Modern Women: The Lost Sex, “I cannot be just to books which treat of woman as woman ... My idea is that all of us, men as well as women, should be regarded as human beings” (qtd. in Beauvoir 14). Indu understands that the girls are taught to be accommodative to lead a life of safety till the society pay attention to women and treat women as human beings as stated by Dorothy Parker. Breaking from the rules will confer girls neither safety nor harmony. The breach in the family would directly or indirectly affect the harmony in the society. Her longing ends when she realises the reality. In “Feminist Criticism in Wilderness” Elaine Showalter says, “…women 's fiction can be read as a double-voiced discourse, containing a ‘dominant’ and a ‘muted’ story, what Gilbert and Gubar call a ‘palimpsest’”(204). After her return to the ancestral home, Indu learns the meaning of family. She feels the warmth, tenderness and safety. Indu prefers to hear the noise from the kitchen. It captivates her entire attention. A sense of delight is to the brim in her heart when she feels herself as a part of the family where she was brought up, scolded, trained to be obedient and she revolted against all the restrictions. She senses the familiar air: Slowly the fragrance came to together… the sparrows with their noisy chirping, sounding like school children let out for the break; morning ablutions; the tinkle of teacups and the hiss of the primus stove; a

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