Exploration of the Feminine Voice in Shashi Deshpande’s Small Remedies
Feminism in its literary sense is the physical and psychic emancipation of women from the cruelty and traditional clutches of man. Shashi Deshpande is a prominent Indian novelist. Her major concern is to depict the anguish and conflict of the modern educated Indian women caught between patriarchy and tradition on the one hand and self expression, individuality and independence for the women on the other. Women occupies a central place in her novels. Her women characters are who struggle hard against the social setup to acquire an identity and individuality on their own. Her protagonists are stronger, as they refuse to sacrifice their individuality for the sake of upholding the traditional role model laid down by the society for women. Deshpande’s new woman tries to search for her identity in the world and aware of their existence as an individual who has her own desire and rights.