To Woolf, the world where we live is fragmentary, and disorderly. The purpose of the Modernist writings is to “reveal the true nation of the modern human condition and its disconcerting absence of meaning, purpose, and order.” (Chang Yaoxin, A Survey of British Literature 383) Woolf always tried to innovate the treatment of time in her novels to depict characters in a better and truer way. Therefore, sequential time gave way to psychological time, and vivid pictures of self-consciousness and the minds of people were presented by the freely flow of inner time. To her, inner time, having no limitations and boundaries, can combine the past memories, the present reality, and the future imaginations together, enabling the novel to be more real and appealing. Being her second to last work, The Years is Woolf’s longest work with the richness in content and aesthetic significance.
The Everglades is a much more complicated natural feature then known on the superficial level. When writing, Ogden breathes so much life into her pages with stories and facts that sometimes you can easily forget you are reading a work of nonfiction. If had not read this book, I would still be in the dark on this culture and the challenges they have faced and continue to. Not only did this book teach me about the culture but also allowed me to explore theories I had never interacted with, like the idea of rhizome. Now I see the Everglades for what it is, a superorganism with human and non-human activity giving life to its
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s The Palace of Illusions retells the Mahabharata through the eyes of Draupadi. The title itself serves as a general metaphor for life. “Maya” is an illusion that we humans continue to sustain with much efforts and pains, through conflicts, meanness, and humiliation, while we certainly lack understanding about the laws that govern our lives. This novel positions its readers even more completely in a world that is old and new, magical and real at the same time. Its importance for studies lies partly in what it tells us of the epic’s popular reception and partly for its potential to enliven our reading of the original.
History of Indian English novels continues with Kamala Das scouting women`s quandary in India and the world and others like Shashi Deshpande portraying characters who blame their self-satisfaction for their pitiable state of affairs. Arundhati Roy 's lush and sensuous prose and her handling of a wide range of personal and social issues enthrall and challenge the readers, whereas Jhumpa Lahiri`s well-crafted tales trudge at a perfect pace. Anita Desai is described as one of Tolstoy 's inheritors. Like his, her writing is sensuous, radical and uncannily perceptive. The emergence of eminent women writers merged into the stream with their male contemporaries.
In her first dazzling debut short story collection Interpreter of Maladies, she has presented this cross cultural differences in all her stories. Her characters struggle hard to adjust themselves in new places, foreign countries and at the same time face the identity crisis. Her stories seem to be semi-autobiographical as she herself could not properly adjust in America. We find a striking similarity between the life of Jhumpa Lahiri and the lives of several others characters of her
Interestingly, Alison Bechdel uses this novel to recount her experience of events that helped to shape her personal identity, which resulted in a transformation of the way she sees herself. In the end, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic is a wonderful narrative that shows its readers, the complexity of personal identity, and how things like sexual orientation, love, the values of society, and politics can all play a part in the shaping of one’s character. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic uses various concepts in order to show its readers the search Alison Bechdel embarks upon in order to discover who she is. According to an article found in the journal Developmental Psychology, “knowing who one is may be one of the most fundamental components of being human” (Galliher et al. 2011).
Everybody has to go through life, through ups and downs and everything. While going through life routines and shortcuts start to develop and the lines between illusion and reality become blurred. But, when a new struggle comes up, which can 't be easily crossed then you might create a fake reality. Whether you yearn for the past and are remembering it to be better than it actually was or a whole different reality is what stays in the mind of many characters in the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby. One of the most blatant illusion examples that is seen as reality in The Great Gatsby involves the main character actually; Mr. Gatsby himself.
A passage to India by E.M. Forster is a modern novel. It has its own features which recognize it from other ages in English literature. In modern literature, authors often use different symbols to represent a particular concept. Forster also uses symbols to give additional meaning to his novel. The most important symbol in Forster’s novel is the Cave (Marber Cave).
Though not admittedly feminist, Anita Desai is aware of a predicament of Indian women writers. She says, “where as a man is concerned with action, experience and achievement, a women writer is more concerned with thought emotion and sensation”. Anita Desai has been righty considered as the forerunner of the contemporary women’s fiction as she has produced novels which have evoked an
17/PELA/034 Self-assertion of Drupadi in Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s novel The Palace of Illusions The famous work The Palace of Illusions is a revision, of the holy epic the Mahabharata which has always fascinated the people of our country as well as the universe. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni with her ingenuity and imagination has once again attempted to make her audience re-live in the era of the Mahabharata. Divakaruni through her story depicts the inner-mind of Panchali, born into a traditional society, intended to change the face of time and the whole era. She, in detail, explains the birth of Draupadi, who was born out of fire, accompanied by the heavenly spirits announcing how the child would change the course of history, and would both embrace and resist it. Divkaruni has shown profoundly how Drupadi is haunted by loneliness and unhappiness because she is less loved by her father, the king Dhupad.