Women Empowerment in Select Novels of Ian McEwan
Keywords:Feminist, Domination, Oedipus Complex, Empowerment, Power Shift, The Cement Garden and Nutshell.
This article is an attempt to trace women empowerment in select novels of Ian McEwan. It is through this article that I would present the empowered female characters in Ian McEwan's novels The Cement Garden (1978) and Nutshell (2016). These three novels are different from each other in their material, plot and characterization. But these novels bear a unique similarity. These novels show highly empowered female figures who have endowed with amazing capacity of head and heart. His novels show that Ian himself advocates power shift from male to female. It is because of this advocacy Ian appears to be a feminist. The Cement Garden belong to the early phase of Ian McEwan while Nutshell belongs to the later phase of Ian McEwan. Unique thing that captures our attention is the presence of empowered female characters in both the novels.
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