Lesbian Feminism: A study on A Wife’s Letter by Rabindranath Tagore
Mostly the urban people are highly familiar with the word Feminism, but the understanding of it still remains vague and there is a general rejection of its relevance in the familial context. This paper is an attempt to place the theoretical analysis within the broader framework of world history that is essential to understand Lesbian Feminism. The basic questions of this research are what difference does gender make? That is, how do women’s experience change our understanding of social life and politics and how do women differ from each other? and Where is Feminism going and what strategies best advance gender justice? “A Wife’s Letter” (Streer Patra) is an epistolary short story, expressing a woman’s plight and resentment with the way her life unravels. The plot revolves around Mrinal, who is married to a patriarchal family. Bindu, a cousin to Mrinal’s sister-in-law, came for shelter into Mrinal’s family after abandoned by her relatives and family. However, soon Bindu is married to a mentally-challenged man. Terrified of her husband and mother-in-law, Bindu runs away from her in-law’s household within three days of the wedding and comes back to Mrinal. However, Bindu has to succumb to patriarchal norms and go back to her husband. Mrinal’s desperate attempt to rescue Bindu through her brother also failed, when Mrinal’s brother brought back the news of Bindu’s suicide. The central objective of this work is to value the relationship of two women through Lesbian Feminism.