The attempts to create female enclave are extremist reaction, but the recent trends in feminist literature are an indication that it is possible for women to live independently in the world where men also live. In the twentieth century, women’s writing is considered a powerful medium that brings out some features of feminism. Their novels speak of certain burning issues related to women as well as those issues that exist in society. Their writings speaks about the psyche of the female. The majority of these novels portray the psychological sufferings of frustrated housewives.
The nature of womanhood, or what we perceive as the inherent proclivities that govern only those born as a woman, is often the base argument for the unequal treatment of the female sex. Women are weak, natural-born mothers, unfit to do much else beyond simple household chores and rearing children. This portrait of women seems almost comical in its antiquity; however, we cannot disregard the past, as it shapes the present. The question of the nature of womanhood is rarely allowed nuance, which is a shame, because womanhood can be many, often contradictory things. Instead, the traits we often associate with womanhood stem from society’s projection of what women should be, not necessarily what they are.
Triumph over Trifles The struggles of women have subsisted in countless pieces of literature. Stereotypically speaking, women are not always seen as strong leading characters. Often women are found confined in stories as they are in life. Literature frees women in a way that real life simply cannot. Female authors as well as characters gain that feeling of freedom, due to the less constricting binds of literary writing.
Margaret Atwood was one such author to terminate these outdated imposed treatments. She strived to conceptualize the importance of female characters and the much needed crucial ending of the stigma associated with female characterization who could in turn obliterate the trivialization of women and have them finally be viewed as an equivalent to their male counterparts. One of her most critically acclaimed famous novel, The Robber Bride, acutely focuses on portraying women equitably through the shifting perspective of Tony, Roz and Charis when their “supposed” dead ex best Zenia friend returns into their life and once again starts to turn the tables on what was once a simple and comfortable life. This all being too familiar, they are reliving and seeing flashbacks of what was once their awful times in life with her. The disheartening acknowledgment of The
Abstract : Indian writing in English has attained an independent status in the realm of Indian literature. Fictions by women writers constitute a major segment of the contemporary writing in Indian English. In the traditional post-colonial society, the question is of women’s emancipation and its women writers are more passionate and serious about it. Women’s effort to seek their independence and self-identity started a revolution all over the world. Anita Nair, is one such writer who portrays realistic female characters in her works.
Regina’s efforts have failed as Alexandra matures and realizes that she must escape the Hubbards and her mother (Hellman Act 3). In conclusion, criticism can be applied to literary works through many schools of thought. Given, Lillian Hellman's personality her feminine ideals are expressed through her works. Her ideas were and are integral part of history for not only women, but society as a whole. In order to express her ideas more clearly and add to the plot Hellman uses literary devices such as
Key Words: Desertion, Betrayal, Cruelty, Oppression, Hopes, Identity. Introduction The present study explores the novel of the very famous and an eminent Indian woman writer Shashi Deshpande who represent the contemporary woman’s struggle to define and attain an autonomous self –hood. Her female protagonists are able to free themselves from the stultifying traditional constraints after a long and bitter struggle .She has used various methods to convey the state of a women’s mind and her true feelings. The use of interior monologue or stream-of-consciousness technique is one that attempts to convey the inner life of character’s thought and feelings. The woman of today stands poised on the threshold of social change in an
The writers of these great epics have mythologized the women characters. But recently, many women writers have chosen to challenge the well-established myth structures. They have retold these stories from feminist perspective keeping women characters in the centre of the stories. The self-respect for a woman is important to be identified as an independent individual in the society.There is always a different side to the mythological stories, and Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s noted novel The Palace of Illusions is the representation of Draupadi’s side of the story. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni who found the tale of Mahabharata an irresistible target of revision, wrote The Palace of Illusionfrom Draupadi’s point of view which raises very pertinent questions, especially about the patriarchal practices,
Divakaruni 's novel The Palace of Illusions, the re-telling of Vyasa’s The Mahabharata has uniqueness of its own.The Palace of Illusions is about women discrimination, their struggles, identity, male domination, unique female perspectives and position of women during the period of The Mahabharata. The humiliation that went through is given as the challenges of life.Draupadi’s life shows in the epic how women need to accept the concept of tradition and culture without any questions. The views of Draupadi are totally different from these of ordinary women and the outcomes
On par with Western novelists, Indian women writers have made a bench mark in creating an island of their own in voicing their views and perceptions about the pathetic plight of women in India. Ofcourse, Shshi Desh Pande is not exceptional because, in all her works feminism surfaces as a dominating theme one way or the other. The present paper mirrors her reflections for assertion of identity and crave for emancipation of women from the shackles of traditions and customs. So to say, in her novel, Roots and Shadows, the writer highlits the agony and suffering of the protagonist, Indu in male-dominated society. In The Dark Holds No Terrors, she touches upon male egoism and inferiority complex resulting in sexual sadism, as well the harrowing