BATTLING FOR MERE SURVIVAL: MARITAL VIOLENCE IN MEENA KANDASAMY’S “WHEN I HIT YOU OR, A PORTRAIT OF THE WRITER AS A YOUNG WIFE”.
“I will write in the same way in which I lived through all of this: carrying myself with enormous, infinite grace” â€“ MeenaKandasamy.
The imposing response given by MeenaKandasamy when asked in an interview about the choice of marital violence as the theme of her novel is, “I did not choose that theme, it visited me, imprinted itself upon me, changed my life irrevocably â€“ and I had to write about it”.When I hit you is one of the few works of significance dedicated to the subject of marital violence. It is an incredible personal account, written from the first-person point of view wherein the unnamed narrator claims the privilege to tell her story that uncovers layers and layers of trauma and pain she had experienced in the name of marriage and from the repository of memories she recalls how she had to battle her way towards liberation from her tormentor.
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