Marriage And Women in Meena Kandasamy’s when I Hit You


  • Muilila Sangtam Department of English Research scholar St. JosephUniversity, Dimapur Dimapur, Nagaland, India
  • Dr. Thokchom Sunanda Devi Head-in-charge Department of English St. Joseph University, Dimapur Nagaland, India


Indian traditional families, marriage, domestic violence, divorce


Marriage is one of the most important event in one’s life. For a woman after marriage, it becomes normal tradition for them to change their surname and it reshapes their identity again. A good married life is what every woman dreams of but, it does not happen because, in our culture, usually its women who sacrifice more to build a healthy home and family. The fictional work of Meena Kandasamy’s When I Hit You projects the journey of an unnamed narrator who falls in love with a college lecturer. She undergoes different challenges after she gets married. She faces domestic violence under her husband that eventually leads her to take a strong decision to walk out from the abusive marriage. This paper will analyse marriage and the causes of divorce from a feminist vantage point as delineated by Meena Kandasamy in her work When I Hit You; Or the Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife. Family consists of the people who can count on, whom we can share our problems and a feeling of security and oneness. However, Kandasamy in her work When I Hit You, reflects how a newly wedded wife  experienced the feeling of alienation in her husband’s house as her husband controlled all her choices, desire and contradict her to shattered all her dreams and aspirations.



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Sangtam, M., & Sunanda Devi, D. T. (2019). Marriage And Women in Meena Kandasamy’s when I Hit You. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 7(7), 12. Retrieved from