Feminism and self- identity in the select works of Nayantara Sahgal
Indian women novelists in English try their best to deal with the pathetic plight of forsaken women who are fated to suffer from birth to death. . Novelists likeKamala Markandaya, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Anita Desai have focused upon the various injustices inflicted upon a woman by the patriarchal society. As a Novelist, Kamla Markandaya is intensely aware of the impact of socio-economic forces on contemporary woman. In her novel Nectar in a Sieve Rukmani, the protagonist, is presented as a ‘Woman of Sorrow” barely managing to survive in a south Indian village. Ruth Prawer Jhabvala in her novel “The Nature of Passion” has projected the general attitude of Indians towards women, their education and their struggle for emancipation. Sahgal has tried to show the bitter truth that women have to fight for their identity, position and peace. She also had shown her miserable and pathetic experience in this world. On the other hand, she also tried to open the wyes of the sufferers in the novels. As an equal partner in marriage women needs separate identity in society. The novel presents thoughtful study of woman’s predicament in this man-made world as all her efforts finally alienate and isolate her from the family and society at rage.
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