Women In Girish Karnad

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It is very evident in the plays of Karnad where the women struggle with vision in their minds set against the established norms, the patterns of society and culture, and their agencies perish. As regards male dominance, the plays of Girish Karnad reflect on the intricacies of patriarchal code where women are destined to be in peripheral position. In his plays, Yayati, Bali: The Sacrifice, Hayavadana and Naga-Mandala, the men try to exert their monopoly over their women in various ways and try to retain their hold over them. Some of Karnad’s women are victims of patriarchal system and male dominance exercised through the institution of marriage. Chitralekha, Padmini and Rani have been married against their desire.
Yayati, the first play of Karnad which is based on the myth of Yayati in the Mahabharata is highly relevant from the feministic study. Karnad, in order to present the situation of a newly-wed female adds a new character Chitralekha, which throws more light on the attitude of the patriarchal society. In Yayati, it is highlighted especially in the way Yayati treats women in the play. The agony of woman in such a patriarchal society is well expressed by Chitralekha, who undergoes oppression and suppression at the hands of men despite her caste and class superiority.
Chitralekha represent the subalternity of woman in masculinist society where she is identified as “other”, or “second sex” despite her high position in the society. Karnad doesn’t adhere to traditional
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