MAD MAN IN THE ATTIC: RECONSTRUCTION OF MARGINALISED MASCULINE IDENTITY IN M.T’S SELECTED WORKS
M.T. Vasudevan Nair provides a rather resilient expression to the suppressed male voices in his works. The theme of human alienation and marginalization runs though most of his works: Appunni in Naalukettu, Sethumadhavan in Kaalam, Karunan Master of
Vanaprastham, Velayudhan in Iruttinte Athmaav, Bhima in Randamoozham, Chandu in Oru Vadakkan Veeragadha are all representatives of the stifled individuals. Gita Krishnankutty translated the novel Randamoozham into English, which is entitled, Bhima: Lone Warrior. Both Chandu and Bhima, who were popularly misunderstood, are strongly uplifted and brought to the front by the author. Story of Chandu, who is considered as ‘betrayer’ in the
Vadakkanpaattukal (Ballads of the North) is reconstructed by M.T. in his story Oru Vadakkan Veeragadha. This study intends to analyze the inhibited and marginalized identities of the male characters in M.T’s selected works focusing mainly on Randamoozham and Oru Vadakkan Veeragadha which are the representative works of his milieu.