Rajmohan's Wife Character Analysis

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Bankimchandra Chatterjee’s Rajmohan’s Wife, the first Indian novel written in English throws light on the predicament of Indian women. The Booker prize winning The God of Small Things is the debut novel of Arundhati Roy who is a socially committed writer and a political activist. Whereas Bankim’s novel was serialized more than eighty years before India’s independence, Arundhati’s novel was published fifty years after India’s democracy. In this paper my purpose is to focus on the rebellion of the female protagonists of the two novels against patriarchal oppression and traditional social system. Matangini is the heroine of Bankim’s novel and she represents the suffering women of the pre-independent India. On the other hand, the female protagonist of Arundhati’s novel is Ammu who stands for the oppressed and deprived women of the post-independent India. Matangini and Ammu tolerate sufferings, endure tortures, and raise their voice against society and traditional system. The two female protagonists – Matangini and Ammu suffer and die early but they are unforgettable characters for their struggle and search for independent identity. Key Words: Paravan, Patriarchal oppression, rebellion, Syrian Christian, transgressor. Bankimchandra Chatterjee’s Rajmohan’s wife is the first Indian novel written in English. It was first serialized in 1864. Bankimchandra Chatterjee wrote fourteen other novels in Bengali, of which Durgeshnandini (1865),

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