Portrayal of Women Protagonists in the Selected Novels of Bharati Mukherjee


  • Mrs Sarika




Feminstic Perspective, Bharati Mukherjee, Immigrants, Immigration, Expatriation.


Bharati Mukherjee is a famous Indian born American non-fiction writer, short story writer and journalist. She is one of the well-known novelists of Indian Diaspora. Within a really short creative time, she has achieved enviable position in the field of English literature. In her works, she has very well depicted the Indian immigrant experience of her women characters both in her novels and short stories. In her works, she talks about the lives of Indian women immigrants in the U.S.A and their journey of transformation and adjustment of their lives and personalities. She tries to explore the themes of immigration as well as transformation. She portrays the various phases of her characters such as the phase of expatriation, the phase of transition and phase of immigration. She very well depicts how the cultural clash or cultural conflict between the west and the east leads to the psychological crisis in the minds of her women characters. In her novels, she has given importance to the feministic perspective of her women characters. Her women characters are the protagonist and hero of the novels. She has tried to portray how her female characters sacrifice their dreams, hopes, desires, wishes, what the various problems, fear, torture they face, and how they finally do their best to overcome from all the hurdles. She has drawn her female characters in various situations and circumstances.


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Author Biography

Mrs Sarika

Research Scholar

Baba Mastnath University

Rohtak, Haryana, India


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How to Cite

Sarika, M. (2021). Portrayal of Women Protagonists in the Selected Novels of Bharati Mukherjee. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 9(11), 71–81. https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v9i11.11214