Postcolonial Human Identity in Mahesh Dattani’s Select Plays
Keywords:self-identity, submissiveness, resistance and postcolonial
Mahesh Dattani is rightly regarded by the international Herald Tribune as one of the best and the most serious playwrights writing in English, His plays expose the violence of private thoughts and the hypocricy of public morality, Dattani wants to get rid of all kinds of evils in the society which spoil the degnifid life. All the atrocities in the name of religion, class, race, or gender can be eradicated if a person is able to understand the power of the human nature. It is not intelligent to be submissive to the cruelties of the oppressor and demising human dignity. This paper analyses a few plays of Dattani to prove that Dattani is against both the atrocities of the dominating and the submissiveness of the dominated in order to attain a dignified life with self -identity.
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