Retelling History through Female Psyche in Shame by Salman Rushdie
Keywords:Gender, Patriarchy, partition
In the twentieth century Gender is a notable concept which becomes popular in our society which is socially constructed and it divides humans into male and female it is a system which controls our lives. We could not get a passport without the birth certificate which records our gender. In this research paper, I will try to find out the gender elements in Salman Rushdie’ Shame. I will focus on the characters of this novel and will try to locate the paragraphs where Rushdie has used the Gender element. Rushdie mixes the history of woman with the male political one. The focus is to draw a fictional picture of history and mythical values of this society by analyzing and deconstructing the features and assumptions of this society. Salman Rushdie is one of the significant postcolonial writers in English literature. He is famous for his masterpiece novels including Midnight’s Children, Shame, the Satanic Verses, The Moor’s Last Sign and Imaginary Homelands. In Shame, Salman Rushdie is concerned to highlight the element of gender in the Pakistani society. In it Rushdie describes the contemporary political situation as well as the history of Pakistan. He represents the woman of the Islamic Pakistan society and portrayed the political condition of Pakistan after the partition of India.
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