Self-Identity and Self-Realization in Shashi Deshpande’s That Long Silence
Shashi Deshpande pinwheels the elements of family, familial relationship and tradition. In 'That Long Silence' the novelist shows concern over the plight of a modern women trying to understand herself and to reserve her identity first and foremost as a human being, as a wife and a mother. Jaya, the protagonist is an individual who endeavors to break traditional constraints, so that she can redefine herself. Jaya aspires to lead a dignified life. She gains strength by maintaining her silence which helps her to realize that an individual is responsible for one's actions. She learns that there are many choices in life, henceforth she desires to lead a life of her choice which she believes that would bring victory.
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