By portraying women that find themselves in extraordinary situations at various points of their

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By portraying women that find themselves in extraordinary situations at various points of their lives, Nair and Lahiri-whose novel does not focus primarily on women-challenge the traditional roles Indian women, are ascribed. Most of the women they depict in their novels are particularly strong women who are determined to fight for themselves no matter what. Doing so, they often break the codes the society has imposed on them, either deliberately or as a side effect. Crossing the lines of what is and what is not allowed in human relationships is what Nair's novel examines, as well as the consequences that it brings for all who are involved either directly or indirectly. The characters in “Namesake” are strong women who fight for their…show more content…
What the narrator focuses most in this novel, is the inner strength the women use and its source, as well as their courage and determination not to give in. The different instances of breaking the codes, as well as the consequences that they bring, contribute to an extensive image of women's life experiences in their diversity. This is, as Boehmer reminds, a main feature of post-colonial writings; the "More general postcolonial interest in multiplicity," expressed i.e. in "the concept of women’s many-centered, constellated power, the stress being at once on the importance of diversity and on having the power to articulate selfhood". 7 Breaking down the barriers between cultures is what is happening in many cases in the novels. It seems to be unsustainable to stick to traditional values that disregard woman as human being equal to man in the world where one can see what possibilities women have in other parts of the world. Questioning the reasons for why it is so, leads consequently to resisting the social code and even revolting against them. Jhumpa Lahiri's women characters grow stronger and show that the coming out of the 'Namesake' is not a myth or a utopia in India. However, this “New Woman” is mainly prejudiced by the West and articulates their resistance against domineering elements of Indian culture by using the value of the West as resources. She struggles for freedom,

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