Vision of Man-Woman Relationship in The Hungry Tide

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Literature is the analytical, critical, emotional and psychological expression of human life which is nothing but a bouquet of multi-coloured relationships like filial relationship, conjugal relationship and sibling relationship. Though all the relationships are important part of life yet man-woman relationship is considered the most pervading human relationship. Emphasizing the importance and value of the man-woman relationship, D.H. Lawrence, a great English novelist, points out in ‘Morality and the Novel’, “The great relationship for humanity will always be the relation between man and woman. The relation between man and man, woman and woman, parent and child will always be subsidiary.” (1972: l30) Right from the ancient epics and…show more content…
Though he is well educated and well settled person from the capital of India yet he is very orthodox in his notions regarding the values and status of women. He treats them as objects or commodities like shoes and clothes to use, to change and throw at will. Kanai, a forty years unmarried businessman and translator, thinks that he has the true connoisseur’s ability to both praise and appraise women. On account of this illusory notion about himself, he attempts to establish relationship with a young Indian-American cytologist named Piya who is a well educated and sensible woman. She quickly understands his evil desire for herself and begins to ignore him. Kanai himself concludes that Piya does not need his services, apparently supposing she can communicate intuitively with her guide Fokir: “I think you'll be able to manage perfectly well without a translator.” (333) Fokir is able to establish emotional contact with Piya despite the communication barrier between the two which goes much beyond the depth and extent of the spoken or written words, simply because he is good at heart. Piya’s appreciation for an illiterate, poor, and low-caste boatman provides fuel to the burning fire of jealousy in Kanai’s heart. The conversation between Kanai and Piya shows the

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