Women's Woman Movement Analysis

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Introduction
India is a male dominating country and women are regarded as inferior in mind and superior in heart. Indian women are mostly traditional believing in Indian culture, tradition, customs, creeds and trends. In ancient time, women had an honorable position in society. They were equal partners of men in all walk of life. Indian women intend to be like Sita, Savitri, Gargi and Anusuya because they are pillar of Indian womanhood. During the Mushlim rule, they lost their position, honour and right of equality. During the British rule, their position remained unchanged. (Pandey 11)
Women has nothing of herself except her own body as the dialogue from R. K. Narayan’s The Dark Room stated that what possession can a woman call her own except
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K. Narayan tries to promote the status of women very consciously. His ‘Women’s Lib’ movement, which actually begins in The Dark Room, comes to an apparent fulfillment in The Painter of Signs, encompassing a long journey from Savitri to Daisy via Shanti, Bharati and Rosie. The novelist laments the pitiable condition of women and this has perhaps led him to formulate the ‘Women’s Lib’ movement. Narayan does not advocate the westernized life style of women and he cannot accept the atrocities done on women in the moribund Malgudi patriarchal society. Thus, Narayan favours freedom for his new women and wants to see them educated, active and independent. There is no ground to deny R.K. Narayan the status of a feminist writer. (Dash and Namita 7)
Although Narayan is not extensively known as feminist novelist but the way he depict the images of female characters in his novel is clearly affirm that he is one of a feminist novelists. Rosie is a brave example and outstanding modern woman that Narayan has portrayed.
Kamala Markandaya projects Rukmani as the one who celebrates her womanhood; balancing her emotionality with her indomitable spirit. Rukmani completely fits in to what Neena Arora’s observes, "In classical literature, a woman is always shown in relationship to man…Traditionally, a "good woman" is always synonymous with good wife and good wife must be chaste, faithful and virtuous like Sita or Savitri." Kamala Markandaya 's Nectar in a Sieve portrays its positive women characters as ideal sufferers and nurturers. (Insha 180)

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