Vol. 2, Issue 8 (2015)
Subjugation of women and cultural crisis in selected short stories of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s Arranged Marriage
Author(s): R Suresh Kumar, P Thatchanamoorthy
Abstract: The historic, geographic, social, political, intellectual and even mythological definitions of our world are all male, to the complete exclusion of one half of humanity. And yet it is the male version of the world that has traditionally passed for the truth. The postmodern spirit challenges, among other things, the validity of traditional truths. Each established factor or substance of truth is disputable as it has no stronger foundation than a house of cards for it is constructed on ground whose apparent solidity only conceals a vacuous shallowness beneath. The young women of today are becoming aware of biased attitude of our society. They have asserted their individuality by challenging the taboos and destructive social norms. Instead of accepting the roles traditionally offered to them and sometimes opting for death as the ultimate solution to the man-made mundane problems, they, now-a-days, start asserting themselves or fighting against the odds. No longer do they allow their tradition to groom and condition them for secondary roles in the society. Despite some achievements in educational, professional and legal fields, they have yet to go a long way for their acceptance as equal beings in the prejudiced society where discrimination is practiced against women right from the birth.