The Dark Woman Character Analysis

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The Dark Room is one of the most eminent novels of R.K Narayan written in 1938 which shadows the plight of the women in the male- dominated society. The women who is predestined as the second sex or an incomplete man from time immemorial has devotedly adhered to the male hegemonic order. In ancient times, women were kept under the strict holds of the man and were only believed to have a role in sustaining the ethnicities of the family.
Narayan has represented two extreme women characters, Savitri and Shanta Bai co-existing simultaneously in his novel. The former is the conventional housewife of Ramani (the protagonist of the novel) while the latter is quite modern with her approach and is in quest for freedom, and who also turns out to be
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Ramani is very dominating, harsh, conceited and a callous husband to a great extent who rules everybody in the house according to his whims and fancies while on the other side of the spectrum, his wife Savitri is patient, compromising, beautiful and devoted. Despite of the fact that Savitri has been married to Ramani for fifteen years, she exercises little or almost no control in the house. Her role is confined to just accepting and respecting the decisions made by her husband, no matter whether she likes it or not. Everybody’s mood in the house depends upon his mood be it happy or unhappy, silent or noisy. His behaviour is quite unpredictable due to which Savitri, kids and servants are always in disgust. As every Indian woman, Savitri is beautiful, traditional and very much dedicated to her husband. However, she didn’t receive the same love she gave. Ramani never reciprocated her feelings. Married for more than fifteen years Savitri received nothing but only Ramani’s tantrums. It seems she has adjusted and moulded her life in and around him. Not only Savitri, but kids and the servants, too have accustomed to the quirks, moods and desires of Ramani. Savitri was used to the habits of Ramani, for instance, his unnecessary ways of finding faults or criticising one thing or the other be it clothes, children or food, “Brinjals, cucumber, radish and greens, all the twelve…show more content…
The idea of leaving the house was horrifying and her mind was full of fear. She was in a state of depression, shock, and great sadness. She could think of nothing but of attempting suicide at that particular time. She immersed herself into the deep waters of Sarayu river. As she stood there, her knees into the waters, her mind meanders to her past, when she was a child and she is literally yearning to meet her parents and her brother whom she hasn’t met since ages. She almost adjourns the thought of committing suicide. “Wouldn’t it be better to go around once, see everybody and then die?” (Narayan, 1956: 91). She is then reminiscing the fact that there is nobody and no bond that is as precious as one shares with their parents, brothers and sisters. No human relationship is as strong and as pure as that of a parent loving their child or that of an innocent love and concern between the siblings. Not even a child can love their parents as much as the latter does, neither can a husband. She, then thinks of her situation and feels that even her children will forget her, “give their mother a thought once in a way when there was nothing else to think about…” (Narayan, 1956: 92). She is deeply saddened as she knows that everybody will forget her, sooner or later. She is not educated enough to

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