Women in Patriarchy: A Study of Sexual Colonialism in Colleen McCullough’s The Thorn Birds


  • Dr. Deepali Sharma Assistant Professor-III , Amity University, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India




Patriarchy, Colonization, Gender, Suffering, Tradition.


Colleen McCullough, a famous Australian women novelist, extensively deals with the issue of sexual colonization by exhibiting the fact that this world belongs to men not to women where women suffer and men cause them pain. Meggie, the central character in the novel is shown as the victim, sufferer and the colonized individual and Paddy, Ralph and Luke are shown as the epitome of the British colonizers who misused, misbehaved and degraded the women during their colonial rule. The novelist while sketching women characters does not asseverate as ostensible women of letters but for the delineation of patriarchy in the novel The Thorn Birds which clearly manifests her declivity in the vicinity of the infringement with women in Australian society. 


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Web Links:
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How to Cite

Sharma, D. D. (2020). Women in Patriarchy: A Study of Sexual Colonialism in Colleen McCullough’s The Thorn Birds. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 8(7), 52-59. https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v8i7.10656