What Is The Theme Of Silence In Post-Colonial Literature

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‘Silence’ is a recurring theme in post-colonial literature. It is a form of communication. It is a notable concept in Literature that attracts many readers. Not all silences sound same. The expression of silence reveals different meaning s to different persons on different situations. Silence arising in the midst of a conversation can sometimes be comfortable and meaningful, whereas in other situations they remain as an obstacle between the communicators. Especially silence of women may express agreement without any objection, fear, pain, suffering, endurance or a means of protest.1 But according to Shakespeare “Silence is the perfect herald of joy” in Much Ado about Nothing. 2 In the novels of Shashi Despande , Silence is the theme…show more content…
That Long Silence is a saga of a suppressed woman who is prisoned in the room of silence because they are unable to prove themselves as individuals. She tried to present an exceptional character of a woman who is desperately wishing to erase a long silence begun in childhood and rooted in her throughout her life. It is Jaya’s journey in search of one’s true self who confronts the gender oriented traditional speculation. Jaya being educated was leading a life without any purpose. She is an object of deep sympathy. A woman with graduation in English, a creative writer and a columnist doesn’t get the right place for her such attributes. Her husband brought up in a typical traditional environment perceived his wife as Sita and Savitri. All her family members are leading their lives as per their wish but she neither express herself nor achieve anything. So taking the shelter on silence she allowed her family to possess her body and soul. Others are silent towards her, no one take care of her expectations and happiness. This novel reflects how silence strengthens men and weakens women. With great zeal her father christened her “Jaya” means Victory and taught by him that she can win over anyone. But the sudden death of her father changed her attitude towards life. She says: “It’s not just that he died . . . it’s what he . . . he gave me a wrong idea of myself, of . . . my whole life changed . . . he was.” (TLS 154) Her mother’ discriminating attitude towards her and
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