• QUEST FOR SELF IDENTITY IN SHASHI DESHPANDE’S THE DARK HOLDS NO TERRORS


    Designation : Asst.Professor, Department of English, Pachaiyappa’s College for Women, Kanchipuram.


    Journal Name : Reserach maGma


    Publication Date : 11/10/2017




    Abstract :
    Shashi Deshpande occupies a significant place among the contemporary women novelists, who concern with the problem of women and their quest for self-identity. Shashi Despande talks about women’s self-quest and struggle to free themselves from the restraint imposed by society and culture on them. Shashi Deshpande’s major concern is to depict the torment and conflict of the modern educated Indian women caught between patriarchy and tradition on the one hand and self expression, individuality and independent for women on the other. She also deals with the childhood and conservative upbringing in the conventional culture. Her major focus is on human relationships between husband and wife, father and daughter and also between mother and daughter. Her novels echo the lives of suffocated women in quest of refuge from their sufferings. Shashi Deshpande’s novel “The Dark Holds No Terrors” seek to discuss the male ego which refuses to accept a secondary position in marriage. A reading of Shashi Deshpande’s novels reveals a deep understanding of the female psyche particularly that of educated, urban, middle class woman. She made a bold attempt to give voice to the frustrations and disappointments of women.


    Keywords :
    Self Identity, Patriarchy


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