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Author(s): Dr. A. Parvatha Varthini

Journal: The Dawn Journal
ISSN 2277-1786

Volume: 02;
Issue: 02;
Start page: 484;
Date: 2013;
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This paper aims at bringing self-determination to female from the accountabilities given to them or forced on them even by women sometimes with or without their own knowledge. Shashi Deshpande, an evident novelist to deal with familial life and women’s predicaments is taken for this assessment. The novels of Deshpande illuminate disharmony in man-woman relationship. Indian woman has carried the burden of family, slaved for her husband and children, without minding whether the family is extended or nuclear. Sarita alias Saru in The Dark Holds No Terrors is an apt example who earns more than her husband Manu that is the cause of her despair in life. Another novel of Shashi Deshpande chosen for this evaluation is A Matter of Time, a three generation story in which Kalyani is one of the most important characters in her novels. In this paper feministic approach is applied to bring out female’s pathetic condition in the patriarchal society. Even though in this twenty first century it seems that female are given freedom to acquire more space in all the fields like astronaut, politics and so on, they are not considered human beings and their feelings and emotions are not appreciated properly.
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