Essay Indian Culture in A Stench of Kerosene

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Comment on what view of Indian culture is portrayed in A Stench of Kerosene giving your own personal response. ' A Stench of Kerosene' , authored by the pen of Amrita Pritam, is a tale of suffering and injustice in the rural areas of India. The author tries to relate the life of a young Indian wife to the reader in such a way that it leaves them feeling pity and remorse for her. Within it there are elements of superstition, superiority, sexism and ancient traditions. Evidently the portrayal of Indian culture is not one that may be easily accepted by most western societies as it reveals the actuality of Hindu culture in its extreme. It illustrates how harsh it can be, especially towards the gentler sex. The story opens with…show more content…
The happiness Guleri feels in anticipation of the event is in marked contrast to her normal life and to the extreme sorrow she is about to suffer. For most of the year life was not like this. When it came to the actual life of this typical rural sub-continent house wife it was dreary and tiresome, full of chores and hard work ' she went about her daily chores- fed the cattle, cooked food for her parents-in-law'. It is apparent from this that after a woman is married into a family she completes her destiny by slaving away for them, as if it were the norm. This is another aspect of Indian culture that lowers the prominence and rights of a woman far below what we would expect in the west and far below that of men. The way that Manak casts-off his wife and fails to answer her queries defines how even her husband has come to treat her. As the rest of the family idles all day, the wife is stuck in the house undertaking many tiresome tasks. Indian culture is particularly unreasonable in this aspect as it focuses on driving women so hard just to please her in-laws. The mother is a respected figure all around the world, but in Indiathis status is magnified greatly. The mother is in control of a wide range of things that can be seen from the
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