The Dark Hold No Terror: a Heroine journey from submission to assertion


  • S. Sam Israel R & D Center, Department of English, Bharathiar University, Coimbatore-641046, Tamilnadu, India,
  • S. Kalpalatha Department of English, C. Kandaswami Naidu College for Women, Cuddalore-607001, Tamilnadu, India,


Patriarchy; Gender discrimination; Role performance; Patriarchal discourse; Individual consciousness; essentialist ideology.


The Dark Holds No Terror exhibits the condition of a woman who is victim of childhood discrimination and her subsequent decision to become a self- actualized woman by pursuing professional education by breaking the societal and family norms. This research paper presents Sarutai, called as Saru, the protagonist of the novel, her attitude of dissent over the patriarchal norms of gender roles prescribed for a woman and her journey of hardship and her struggle to strike a balance between professional and domestic role. The imbalance in role performance creates friction in the marital life and acts as a cause of suppressed male ego that result in sadism. This article focuses the psychological and physical turmoil of the protagonist and her journey into self-discovery by taking refuge and finding inner strength in herself. 



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Israel, S. S., & Kalpalatha, S. (2018). The Dark Hold No Terror: a Heroine journey from submission to assertion. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 6(8), 10. Retrieved from