The Patriarchy In Laxmibai Tilak

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The mainstream women have to follow the male members in the family in respect of their caste identity. The women are monitored in the family by the patriarchy. The patriarchy subjugates them to control the purity of the caste. The patriarchy is evident through not only male characters but also the female characters. It is the mindset of these characters. The women are paralyzed for their separate position and dignity in the society. They have depended on their husbands or male members in the family for the same. The female protagonists have recollected the memories of patriarchy. They have revolted against such patriarchy. Laxmibai Tilak described the mutinies of the women in and around her family at her natal house against her father. Her father represented caste patriarchy in Hinduism which monitored different caste practices followed by women, particularly, wives. His absence in the house…show more content…
She describes an episode in this regard. In the patriarchal discourse, she was ‘unclean' due to her menstrual cycle. It denied her participation in the domestic affairs. She could not cook the food. She was depended on her husband, an only able member in the family, for food. Narayan Tilak was reckless in his duties towards his wife as well as the child to cook food for them. He went away and let the cooking perished. Laxmibai maintained her patriarchy, caste identity and economic condition. She did not prepare the food for her to follow patriarchy. Nor did she eat the food from anybody else to uphold her caste identity. She felt very sorry for her poor economic condition. Though they were Brahman, a superior caste, they were so poor. Moreover, being a woman, she had no economic power to bring something for her child from the market. At last, she relaxed the caste obligation for Damu to satisfy his hunger. She made a Teli boy prepare food for

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