The Culture of Fishermen Community in the Light of Chemmeen.
The novel Chemmeen is based on fishermen’s culture, which is dedicated to literature by a Malayalam writer Thakazhi Siva Sankara Pillai. It is translated into English by Anita Nair. Chemmeen is one of the best novels which portrays the tragedy of fishermen and the tradition of fishermen. It also shows the original face of society, communal and personal life , and human emotions. From this novel one can understand the culture followed by fishermen. The author turns sea as a character which roars and cheers against the fishermen whose wives are not chastity. He shows the everyday risk of life and death of fishermen in the sea. The culture is centered on a belief that the life and safety of fishermen depends on the chastitiy of their wives. The women in the seashore must be truthful to their husbands, who go and risk their lives on the sea. If she fails to be truthful , to her husband , the latter will be punished by Kadalamma. It is a story of tragedy where love and loss are set amidst fishing community in the seashore of kerala involving the characters , Karuthamma , Pareekutty and Palani . The protagonist of the novel Karuthamma plays a vital role . She sacrifices her love towards Pareekutty who belongs to the upper class community , because of her father’s compulsion. The fishermen’s strong belief in myth of chastity causes Karuthamma and Pareekutty to lose their lives. This shows the culture and superstitious beliefs in the fishermen’s society.
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