That Long Silence Deshpande Analysis

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THAT LONG SILENCE “I had learnt it at last no questions, no retorts, only silence” (143). These lines reveal the oppressive, debilitating life situation of a house wife, who journeys from ignorance to knowledge, through suffering. Deshpande’s novel That Long Silence has received the most prestigious Sahitya Akademi award in 1990. The theme of marriage holds a great fascination for Deshpande. In most of the cases, marriage culminates in a travesty of faith man and woman seek in each other, leading to suffering and the conflict between traditional limitations and modern aspirations. In the present novel, Deshpande critically analyses the institution of marriage in the modern context. The author has portrayed the explicit gender discrimination in a man-woman relationship that is socially constructed and further worsened by our own people like parents, in-laws, relatives and neighbors. The author has dealt with the female psychic frustrations in the novel and the silence rooted in the complicated web of relationships between a man and a woman. Set in a typical Indian background, That Long Silence brings forth an eerie tale of the protagonist Jaya an educated middle class girl, Jaya, who…show more content…
Their life is a continuous drudgery. They both receive very bad treatment at the hands of their husbands. Nayana has an apathetic attitude to life. She wants a son not because she expects any help from him in her old age, but because she does not want her child, her daughter, to suffer at some drunkard’s hands as she herself has suffered. Nayana says to Jaya, “Why give birth to a girl, behnji, who’ll only suffer because of men all her life? Look at me! My mother loved me very much, she wanted so much for me ... a house with electricity and water, shining brass vessels, a silver waist chain, silver anklets ... and what have I got? No, no, behnji, better to have a
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