Essay On Bharati Mukherjee

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Bharathi Mukherjee has carved out a niche for herself among the writers of Indian diaspora. An Indian immigrant married to a Canadian writer, Mukherjee has in her novels depicted the experiences that she has accrued through different cultures and citizenships. Her Ph.D thesis on Indian mythology in E.M. Forster’s A Passage to India and Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha bears testimony to the fact that she was fascinated by myths. This paper attempts to analyse the function of myth in the novels of Bharati Mukherjee with special focus on Jasmine, The Tiger’s Daughter, Wife, The Holder of the World and Leave It to Me. In these novels Mukherjee primarily makes use of the Durga and Sita myth to explore and explain the psyche of her protagonists. Mythological…show more content…
In her article "Rereading Indian Womanhood: A Note on the Narrative Structure of Wife" Meera Manvi notes: The narrative structure of Wife is conceptualized through Mukherjee 's evocation of the Sita Myth at strategic moments in the narrative; the examination of the myth is further strengthened by the opposition that is successfully manipulated between passive resistance/violence, female desire/male author¬ity, enclosure/freedom, marriage as bond/female eroticism, real¬ity/after dream, love/marriage. (141) Tara Banerjee Cartwright in The Tiger’s Daughter is also influenced by the belief system of our rich and cultural heritage. She admires her mother’s traditional beliefs in prayers and rituals and the tranquility it endows her. At Vassar when she remembers about the array of gods and goddesses her mother worships, especially the Hindu Goddess of power- Kali, she could thwart many awkward moments. It is the strength of Kali which sustains her at the moment of
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