Various Techniques and Themes used in Lights Out

  • Ms.P. Sujeetha Assistant Professor of English Gokaraju Rangaraju Institute of Engineering and Technology Bachupally,Kukatpally,Hyderabad, Telangana


Manjula Padmanabhan’s play ‘Lights Out’ has a distinguished place in the Indian English
Drama and in the canon of Feminist theatre. ‘Lights Out’ is a realistic play that triggers a lot of
discussions as it is connected with a delicate subject a ‘gang rape’, probing many questions
concerning to exploitation of women in the society and home. The position of the woman and
the plight of her anguish between the two influential individuals firstly a man, who with his
age old patriarchal power controls woman and secondly a woman who turns into a device in
his rule thus leading to other themes like woman subjugation and gender inequality. The play
is set in an affluent apartment, in Mumbai, where married couple Leela and Bhaskar live. From
their neighbouring building, they hear sounds of sexual crimes and cries regularly. The
playwright exhibits a world in which woman has lost her identity, displays the reactions of
women as well as men concerning the sexual attack and urgent need to look at the increasing
demand of the feminine point of view. The present paper is an attempt to illustrate the themes
of woman subjugation, suppression of her rights through the techniques as diverse as social
gest and alienation technique.

How to Cite
SUJEETHA, Ms.P.. Various Techniques and Themes used in Lights Out. IJELLH (International Journal of English Language, Literature in Humanities), [S.l.], v. 6, n. 2, p. 9, feb. 2018. ISSN 2321-7065. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 18 mar. 2018.