Mistress Of Spice Analysis

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KNOW THYSELF: QUEST FOR IDENTITY IN
CHITRA BANERJEE DIVAKARUNI’S
THE MISTRESS OF SPICES

Jennifer Flora Garrett
Ph.D. Research Scholar,
Assistant Professor, Department of English
Holy Cross College, Affiliated to Bharathidasan University, Tiruchirappalli. Tamil Nadu.

ABSTRACT
This paper focuses on the study of an emerging, potent voice of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s Mistress of Spices. Belonging to India, gives this writer certain common cultural traits and the fact that living abroad widens the mental horizons of Indian women. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni was conditioned by the Indian upbringing but has risen above the traditional constraints. Divakaruni’s writing primarily deals with the immigrant women’s quest for identity, freedom and independence. This paper attempts to analyze immigrant women’s quest for identity, freedom and independence in the novel The Mistress of Spices.

Keywords: Diaspora, Freedom, Identity, Independence, Immigration.

In the entire range of diaspora literature, it has categorically been accepted that the geographical shift of locations essentially generates the psyche of rootlessness and marginality. Immigrant writers
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Tilo’s sentimental longing for all Indian immigrants in general and Raven in particular suggests that she adopts the poetics of exile to retain her Identity as an Indian woman. (Dometrio: 1996)

It is a distinction of the vision of Divakaruni in The Mistress of Spices that she constructs the entire phenomenon with the till and excitement of child without being a prey to self-imposed “otherness" often to be found in the life of immigrants and the underneath echoing voice of immigrant writers. The trials and tribulations and the struggle to maintain the modern values and to carve out an identity of their own in the new and ostensibly stifling environment of her protagonist makes her
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