What Is The Theme Of Arranged Marriage By Divakaruni

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This paper is an attempt to study the birth of New Woman, in the light of feministic analysis, in the Immigrant Indian women characters in the short stories of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s “Arranged Marriage”. It deplores that being trapped between tradition and modernity, Chitra B. Divakaruni’s immigrant heroines are fully conscious of being victims of gender discrimination prevalent in the conservative male-dominated society. C. Divakaruni gives her pragmatic resolutions related to the modern Indian Immigrant women’s beleaguered existence. Repudiating the femininity, the housewifery and the duties to their coercive husbands, her protagonists transform themselves into the beings of self-assertive, self-independent and self-actualised spirit…show more content…
Divakaruni contains exquisitely written eleven short stories. The Falgu-like undercurrent of feminist cry runs through the nucleus of the stories. All the stories have women at their foci and lays bare their burning problems, their psychological conflict, their identity crisis, their demythologizing of the womanhood, their rebellious angst against the patriarchal domination, their search for identity, their self-independent and self-actualisation in their lives. Arranged Marriage is Divakaruni’s testament for women’s liberation, women’s right to self-expression and their way-out to individualization. Some of her heroines take control of their destinies single-handedly and some with the assistance of other…show more content…
She hatefully turns down the white sari of widowhood and its associating paraphernalia and decides to stay single in the dangerous alien land America after her husband’s fatal demise for racial violence. She perceives in India “...widows in white saris are bowing their veiled heads, serving tea to in-laws. Doves with cut-off wings” (ibid, p. 33). She gathers her mettle, “straighten her shoulders and stand taller, take a deep breath” (ibid, p. 33) and is out for the work at the store where she rarely went before her husband’s death, instead of returning to India with her husband’s family. In Silver Pavements Golden Roofs, Divakaruni explicates the diaspora’s bitter experience along with the search for freedom of the New Woman. Jayanti yearns to carry the chalice of her life in America despite its diasporic dangers. She deserted her family, homeland and its hydra-headed restrictions to fulfil her dream of marrying a prince from far-away land and enjoy complete
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