Performing Woman Indu: A re-reading of ‘Social Constructionism’ of Gender in Shashi Deshpande’s Roots and Shadows
Be what you are and not what society asks you to be! Accept somebody who accepts as what you are and not expect you to be what they ask you to be! This performing dilemma always moves with the life of a woman. She is always in anguish and conflict between patriarchy and tradition on one hand and self expression, individuality and independence on the other. Various domestic common crisis triggers off her search for peace and stability. Roots and Shadows by Shashi Deshpandae revolves around such a character; Indu. She is an individual of her own and never wants to become or mould herself to what society expects her to be. These independent decisions which are unconventional to society provoke the society to lay down a lot of hurdles in her smooth running of life. This paper is an attempt to explore the performing life of Indu and through this exploration a rereading of the novel is attempted to understand the social construction of gender and how Indu tries to move against these prescribed ideals and behaviours.
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