The Female Spirit By Amartya Kumar Sen

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Amartya Kumar Sen seeks to subvert this, arguing that since independence, there has been liberation of socioeconomic change and a distinct method of exercising the `real freedoms that women enjoy, focusing on the growth of the individual woman in comparison to placing her in a ‘repressive state.’ However, whilst Sen argues with an optimistic tone, it is important to note that the position of the woman in independent India was still a problematic topic. The portrayal of women in the Indian milieu can be thought of as rather extreme. On one hand she is admired as a `Devi’ (Hindu goddess) on the other, she is a commodity of suffering and humiliation. This can be recognised in A Married Woman whereby Astha’s sexual identity is the object of primary concern to her husband. Rather than paying attention to Astha’s interests for art, reading and poetry Hemant dismisses this and embodies masculine desires for the female spirit `his focus had widened from the single point of her vagina, new positions, varying on theme.’ For Astha marriage meant to symbolise unification not only physically, but emotionally and socially in all aspects of their life. Whilst Hemant’s dominating ideals over their sex life is only firstly considered as an ideology of male supremacy, it is later affirmed when Astha questions `what do you think I am? A whore.’ Thus, Astha feels continually undervalued by the patriarchal dominated marriage she finds herself in.
In the opening pages of A Married women…
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