Designation : Research Scholar, Stella Maris college, Chennai

    Journal Name : Reserach maGma

    Publication Date : 11/10/2017

    Abstract :
    Indian writing in English has produced a galaxy of women writers touching various facets of woman’s life. Women’s writings in India with its varied dimensions and themes have occupied a very important place in the field of literature. Indian English women novelists have favorably responded to the changed psychological realties of Indian life after Independence and have an authentic treatment to this situation. An interesting preoccupation of these writers appears to be delving into the labyrinthine depths of the Indian psyche and showing its relation to society. And nowhere is this concern more obvious than in the novels that figure neurotic characters. Anita Desai’s Cry, The Peacock and Bharati Mukherjee’s Wife, portray sensitive individuals in their moments of intense struggle and their efforts to seek neurotic solutions to their problems. In the course of the ordeal called living, the protagonists of these novels find themselves at odds with society and undergo various degrees of psychological transformation. The women characters of Anita Desai undergo strange psychic experiences and suffer from failures and frustrations. They undergo trauma due to their hypersensitive nature and their insensitive husbands. Both the characters Maya and Dimple are living a life justified by the metaphorical implications of their names, like illusion and depression and always find themselves away from the elixir of life, a life of love and consummation

    Keywords :
    Alienation, Frustration, Isolation, Psychological Trauma

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