Feminism In Manju Kaur’s Difficult Daughters


  • UDHAYAKUMARI. K (18CAS1053) M. Phil (Research Scholar) PG and Research Department of English Vivekananda College of Arts and Sciences for Women (Autonomous) Elayampalayam, Tiruchengode-637 205 Namakkal Dt, Tamilnadu India


     Women have suffered the brunt of patriarchal control. Right from birth, a woman is thrust with social images, rewards, and punishments that are carefully designed to ensure that she does not develop and quality associated with the order half of humanity. Although Difficult Daughters is not overtly a feminist text but brings forth the issues of gender discrimination and the struggle of the suffering Indian women under the oppressive mechanism of a closed society. The struggle to maintain their dignity and ultimately retrieve the autonomy of their selfhood. The narrator fabric of Difficult Daughters set around the time of partition is the story of women whose battle for independence engulfs her leaving a contour of partition and pain on her outwardly calm face. Manju Kapur' s Difficult Daughters makes an absorbing reading and pushes the reading and pushes the reader to break through the silence of suffering Virmani, who is seen struggling with her desires for education and illicit love in the face of hardship that threaten to destroy her inner self. This paper aims to make a study of the novel where a woman bound in tradition seeks to satiate her unsuppressed desires and is ultimately devoured by pain and isolation.


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