Catastrophic Impact of Suppressed Emotions of Women in the Selected Novels
Keywords:Suppressed Emotions, Fruitless Marriage, Muted Sufferings, Decision-Making
Psychological supression is a defense mechanism which is the process of forcibly subjugating any recurrent emotion or desires. It is a voluntary action which is used by individuals who fail to express their emotions and passions either due to fear of societal and familial rejection or due to the horrible impacts it may produce in the near future. Repression of emotions and suppression of desires causes serious damages to the psyche leading it to its distortion. In Indian society, women who are subjugated by senseless husbands are lacking an emotional outlet. Such unloving, apathetic husbands could not fulfil the genuine desires of their wife. In the novel Second Thoughts, Shobha de portrays the protagonist Maya as a victim of a loveless marriage. She survives her pathetic marital life with the aid of illusion provided by her neighbour Nikhil. He is an opportunist with magnetising personality who utilizes the lonely, dejected wives of unhappy marriages for gratifying his own sexual pleasures by enticing them. Maya loves Nikhil and fancies that he will rescue her from this abiding marriage but she is baffled after hearing about his marriage arrangement. Her fantasy shattered with the blow of realism. On the other hand, in Amulya Malladi’s A Breath of Fresh Air, the protagonist Anjali is also a victim of fruitless marriage but she unshod the claws of it by getting divorce and by pursuing her higher education. Later, she marries Sandheep, a compassionate soul and leads a harmonious married life.
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