Custody By Manju Kapur Analysis

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Manju Kapur is one of the prominent writers of 20th century era who has portrayed ‘new woman’, an image of unfettered woman. The issues taken up by Manju Kapur in her novels are not far from the reach of layman. Manju Kapur has an aptitude to deal with intricacies of modern marriages. The Institution of marriage was considered to be the most sacramental in nature which did not entertain the concept of divorce. According to Manu “A faithful wife, who desires to dwell (after death) with her husband, must never do anything that might displease him who took her hand, whether he be alive or dead” (Bühler 156). One time accepted notion of the sanctity of marital ties receives a serious blow with emergence of a new woman.
Manju Kapoor is the only writer whose heroines succeed in maintaining a complete balance in life by asserting their individualism and throwing off the shackles of social bondages. Manju Kapoor’s novel Custody is a tale of marriage
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Shagun like Manju Kapur’s other heroines becomes victim of illusion that marriage, by its very nature, casts i.e the freedom followed by marriage but ironically marriage binds one with the fetters and leads, specially woman in the unknown realms of sufferings. Shagun’s plight was beyond words. She appears to be the happiest woman on the earth after marriage but she is “unhappier than she realized” (26). Shagun’s marriage remains the foremost objective for her mother as she strongly opposed the career of model that Shagun desired to adopt. “Do what you like after marriage” (11). Shagun’s mother suggested her, but after marriage roles change with the increase in responsibilities. Shagun’s plight as a sufferer after marriage is clear from these
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