Manju Kapur's The Immigrant

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In the fifth chapter, the account of Nina’s journey towards freedom from the shackles of age-old tradition and custom studied as reflected in Kapur’s fourth novel The Immigrant. In spite of being independent, Nina suffers due to the social set up. In traditional society, marriage contemplated as the first duty of a girl but because of poor economic status, Nina finds obstacles in her marriage. She has dreams of happy married life with loyal partner. However, all her dreams became illusionary, as her husband was impotent and made infidelity with her. He hides it from her and commits adultery to Nina. Nina too suffers from depression because of blame of infertility. She too seeks her solace in an illicit relationship with Anton but here too she…show more content…
All women protagonists are educated and belong to middle class family. It is the ironic fact that though they are educated and modern women, they have to struggle against orthodox principles of the society. Kapur has explored the insecurity, homelessness, captivity, suffocation, suffering and exploitation of post-modern Indian women and their pathetic plight due to the traditional mentality of the society. iii. Manju Kapur has explored disharmony in the marital institution that paves the way to the extramarital relationship of the character. The notion of the extramarital relationship denotes the poor state of the marriage institution that contemplated as a sacred notion in the traditional society. Kapur also explores the wretchedness of the marital institution due to impotency, infertility and infidelity. She also explores how the notion of infidelity and infertility become the cause of women’s suffering in the traditional set up of the society. iv. Manju Kapur’s character explores their attitude towards the imposition of biased gender treatment or women’s discrimination existed in the society. Kapur’s women characters represent themselves as balanced characters. Sometimes they adjust to the situation or sometimes rebels against the situation to acquire their self-syndrome. Her text gives an insight into the joint family system and women’s place in it. Kapur explores the domestic violence that still exists in the present
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