Associate Professor of English, VJIT
(The paper was presented at Two Day National Seminar on Language, Literature, Linguistics- Latest Learning Trends and Technologies in English organized by Department of Basic Sciences and Humanities, BVRIT, College of Engineering for Women, Hyderabad)
The discrimination, the violence, the subjugation caused to women are the reasons for revolution against men by women; the weapons to protest are many but the one which is effective is writing as life can be reflected in the form of literature where readers are enlightened with the knowledge which can revolutionize and bring change in tradition, culture and civilization. The reasons for feminism has its roots in western as because of Virginia Woolf’s ‘A Room of One’s Own’ which dates back to 1924, Simone de Beauvoir’s ‘The Second Sex’ (1949) and many more; they have come as a reaction to the domination of men ; the terms we can use are many like- subjugation, marginality, patriarchal society , and many. When it comes to Indian context the major foundations are after 1960 which we can say it as post colonial tendencies for feminism where Indian woman writers came forward to fight for the rights of women. As for the women writers are concerned we can name eminent writers such as Kamala Markandaya, Kamala Das, Anita Desai, Bharati Mukherjee, Shashi Deshpande, Githa Hariharan, Arundathi Roy, Manju Kapur, Shobhaa De etc;, Shashi Deshpande is a prolific writer who has produced many works which can be categorized under feministic studies; the one to my interest is “That Long Silence” where she creates a middle class woman named Jaya who works for the benefit of her members of family playing many roles like that of a wife, daughter-in-law and mother and forgets that she is a talented writer ; her identity as a creative writer is hidden because of the house hold duties leading her loss of identity ; the work allotted to her is of the designed role of a woman in the society . As in the modern generation we find an educated woman doesn’t adhere to the age old norms of the society. The present paper focuses on the realization of a middle class woman for recognition in the society. Here the character symbolizes a modern woman who is in the verge of transformation.