Sister Of My Heart Analysis

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This paper attempts to analyze the journey of two women protagonists towards their self assertion and liberation in the two novels Sister of My Heart and its sequel The Vine of Desire authored by an Indo American, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. These two novels narrate the emotional bond between two lifelong friends. Once married their life travels in two different directions. Their married life brings troubles and sufferings. They become victims of gender hierarchy. They want to get out of the iron web from which, they are caught in. Though immigrated to America by their strength and courage they accommodate to the new culture. They strive hard to strike a balance between the old believes, and the new desires. Anju and Sudha though betrayed by…show more content…
Her writings portray women characters who struggle with cultural shackles to carve out an identity of their own in their home land and in the land they immigrate. The struggle and the hardships, the author underwent, when she came to America is vividly recreated in her novels. The American feminism, which greatly emphasis women’s independence, equality and personal freedom contrast very much with the selfless and subservient women of India. American women have fundamental rights to enjoy their freedom, but Indian women have only fundamental duties to do for their family. The two novels Sister of My Heart and its sequel The Vine of Desire deal with the lives of two distant cousins Anju and Sudha, it shows how they adapt themselves to the culture of a foreign land. Born on the same day Anju and Sudha consider each other as Sister of my Hearts. They grow as twins in the same house and wish to marry the same man like the heroes of Mahabaratha ,Krishna and Arjun. These fatherless girls live in an old crumbling mansion. They are brought up under the constant vigil of the three widowed women, who force them to follow the strict patriarchal rules, so that they can grow as good daughters. According to their mothers, “Good daughters are bright lamps, lighting their mother’s name; wicked daughters are firebrands, scorching the family’s fame” (SMH-10). Even in the absence of male members in the house, they are conditioned by the traditional Indian
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