Feninistic Quest for Identity Essay

2093 WordsAug 7, 20129 Pages
Feministic Struggle for Identity in the fiction of Manju Kapoor Given the intricate nature of life, diverse histories, varied cultures and different set of values, the basic issues of feminism can be dealt with only by considering socio- cultural set-up. This of course remind us of the famous state by Simone de Beauvoir “One is not born, but rather becomes woman. No biological, psychological or economic fate determines the figure that the female presents in a society; it is civilization as a whole that produces this creature... which is described as feminine”.1 Early feminists and feminist writers tried to redress the question of difference between man and consequential suffering of women by providing women the same privileges and openings. But later on they came to realize that same rights and opportunities could not in any way improve upon the status of women in society. The intellectual undernourishment, marital domination, commercial exploitation, economic oppression, sexual abuse and physical torture still continued to affect the lives of women. So, they were required to re examine and reassess the social and cultural circumstances to answer the systems of patriarchy that caused women eternal suppression. Feminism as a literary movement attained new dimensions in hands of women writers when they recounted the concealed true experiences of females in their writings and presented new role model whom women readers could valuably imitate. The ideology about what really formed the term ‘Womanliness’ got changed. As a result, the large gamut of feminist novels underlined the female protagonist’s search for self. These are characterized by an exploration into female consciousness and sensibility. The feminist fiction has reached into what Elaine Showalter calls as ‘female phase’ of self –discovery. In the context of Indian English literature, where one

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