Summary Of Anita Desai's Cry, The Peacock

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Maya the protagonist of Anita Desai’s Cry, The Peacock (1963) try to find a way out of self-discovery and introspection when she fails to perform her traditional role as wife. Desai’s writings are reflection of the disturbed psyche of women who are the serious victims of alienation and male domination. However they find a way out by self-discovery and introspection.6
They viewed that the woman, in order to liberate herself and to move forward, needs to empower herself to confront different institutional structures and cultural practices that subject herself to patriarchal domination and control. But it is also seen that since its beginning, the feminist movement has made long strides in every sphere of life. The women had elevated their position to such heights that cannot be ignored.
Kamala Das is a rebel against the restraints of man-made world and therefore regarded as the spokesperson of feminine sensibility.7 Through her poetry she openly expresses her experiences as a woman. She was not talking about equality or power but she wanted to speak it loudly through her poems that man should understand the woman as a subject of love and understanding not merely a sexual object.
In case of Arundhati Roy, Booker prize winner in 1998 for her creation “The God of Small Things” she tries to expose the undeserved humiliation of women in male dominated society, their sufferings and humble submission. 8

Another strong voice of female identity is Shashi Despande who dared to revolt
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