Conjugal Strife in Anita Desai's “Cry, The Peacock”
Keywords:Conjugal disharmony, patriarchal society, connubial strife
Marriage is a supposedly sacrosanct establishment in each community. It is the perceived social organization for building up and keeping up the family as well as for making and supporting the ties of connection. Conjugal disharmony is characterized as a battle between individuals with contradicting needs, thoughts, convictions, qualities, or goals. The disharmonized character's quest for satisfaction is a typical theme in contemporary fiction. Anita Desai is considered an authority on uncovering the issue of present-day women in India. She is increasingly worried about the inward situation of her estranged protagonist in the modern, patriarchal society. In her novels, she has depicted the man-lady relationship and the untold sufferings of ladies out of the connubial disharmony. Desai's novel Cry, the Peacock is considered as the initial phase toward mental fiction in Indian writing in English. This paper talks about the connubial disharmony between Maya and Gautama and its outcomes in Anita Desai's Cry, the Peacock.
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