ABSTRACT The purpose of the paper is to study quest for self in the novels of Sudha Murty, taking in account the complexity of life, different histories, culture and different structure of values, the women’s question, despite basic solidarity, needs to be tackled in relation to socio-cultural situation. Women under patriarchal pressure and control are subjected to much more bunts and social exclusion. They live and struggle under the oppressive mechanism of closed society, is very much reflected in her writings. They are more discriminated and biased in lieu of their sex. Murty is considered to be one of the most realistic author, for she is able to bring the true picture of psyche of the women changing with the times.
The Thousand Faces of Night is not just a womanish novel but it is a definite feminist writing in which myths are revisioned, rewrote and retold from a female point of view. The focus of this novel is on the inner lives of women, the inner spaces are reflected detail. We have great Saints, Rishis in our land who taught their people the art of living. We have produced great epics of the world that is Ramayana and Mahabharata which invariable preach the principles of life to the people. In classical Greek ‘Mythos’ signified any story or plot, whether true or invented.
Because of the books’ powerful female characters, calls for revolution of women were widespread and on the rise. The Woman Warrior and A Doll’s House compare because their authors made female characters throughout both works challenge the norms of society through feminism, identity, and sexism. First and foremost, Ibsen tackles women 's rights as a matter of importance in A Doll’s House, but it was not intentional. He successfully created the dramatic argument that continues to this day; that of feminism. “Ibsen’s work and its uses demonstrate the full range of lived experience that defined modern rebellion and it reminds us that theatre and drama played a central role in making that rebellion visible and available to a wide public”(Kelly 12).
The movement from the outward gross realities to inward complexities found as its mouth piece a number of women novelists who by the peculiar situation of their existence have been able to see the Indian complexities from close quarters, where constraints of varied hues and shades work upon the sensitive individual. Of these women novelists, Anita Desai happens to be the leading voice. She has fascinating stories to tell about individuals who have to traverse a ground too tricky and treacherous to handle smoothly. Anita Desai has become a recorder of the dilemma faced by an individual in the Indian urban set-up. She gets interested in analysis and portrayal of human relationship.
Her novels Sister of My Heart and The Vine of Desire focuses on the relationship between women but they also give a glimpse into the unavoidable and difficult circumstances where relationships are put to test under the fire of situational crisis and the way past comes to haunt the present lives of the characters and transforms their future course of action The novels effectively revisit the country of birth and Divakaruni throws light on the Indian society, customs and traditions. It helps in
Abstract The paper, titled Female Resistance against Repression throws light on the significance of the institution of marriage and familial love as portrayed in Shobha De’s sensational novel Strange Obsession. It also underscores that women, must be discrete to distinguish between the real and deceptive, fake and genuine, deleterious and healthy. She also exhorts the need for women to master their own self in the process of attaining independence. The emphasis is laid on curbing the unconventional feminine desires which subjugates women. As a socially conscious writer, De attempts to bring these erring women back into the orbit of socially sanctified morality.
Having tried her hand in novels and short stories and being successful, she has also written one feminist play We Are So Different Now (2009) published in 2011. Shauna Singh Baldwin's engrossment in the character of Draupadi from Mahabharata the "Quintessential dark heroine of Indian mythology" ( An epic retelling: Akila Kannadasan. Web source) seems to be evoked due to her unconventional life full of vicissitudes. The predicament of Draupadi's life in Mahabharata attracts the attention of any writer and Shauna Singh Baldwin is no exception in this regard. Biljana Doric - Francuski, in her article " Woman as Godess or Woman as Victim?
The God of Small Things is a typical postcolonial feminist novel with the streak of interrogative stance on the gender and caste biased system in India. Arundhati Roy makes artistic efforts to put forward the saga of the agony and fire of revolt of women that has been sparking for a long time. Female characters like Ammu, Mammachi, Baby Kochamma, Rahel, Margret and even Kochu Maria in the novel are the instruments in the hands of the novelist to put resistance to the norms, dogmas, laws, values and structures typical patriarchal apart from challenging the “Love laws” and institution of marriage which assigns more bondages for women. Ammu finds herself entirely alone and helpless to fight the system that is designed to be hostile to fair sex. Mammachi feels threatened by whatever happens on the television as she opts to view the world through small screen rather than confronting the grim and unfavouring realities of life around.
As Helen Cixous suggests, Gilman “breaks up truth with laughter.” (11) Although it was written hundred years ago yet it has so much relevance in the contemporary world. By strongly criticizing the culture and tradition of outside world, Gilman has brought this imaginary world with a feminist perspective. She has presented in her novel that, gender difference, suppression and oppression of women, sexual harassment, rape, will continue throughout the years. Gilman’s works are strongly embedded and connected with women like Women and Economics, Concerning Children, The home: Its work and Influence and many more. Herland depicts the breakdown of isolated society and expresses the changed ideas and the conflict between the outside world and their world.
The neglected women as characters in their novel attempt for better way of life mentally and physically. Today’s Novels act as a mirror reflecting the protest and the outburst of the suppressed feelings of women which has never been taken care for ages. Shashi Despande’s novel That Long Silence begins with the sentence “To achieve anything, you’ve got to be ruthless.” Despande 's That Long Silence revolves around the ongoing problems and predicament of the middle class house hold. Her writings are like case studies of women full of reality. Her women are real flesh and blood characters from whom one cannot take one’s eyes of.