International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development

International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development


International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development
International Journal of Multidisciplinary Research and Development
Vol. 4, Issue 4 (2017)

Conflict between tradition and modernity in Nayantara Sahgal’s “The day in shadow”


M Banu Krishna, G Jegatheswari

Nayantara Sahgal a prominent Indian English women novelist. Her novels depict on the premise of multicolored female characters, marital tension and domestic traumas understands the tradition and modernity. Sahgal entre fictional corpus revolves around the twin themes on political and the tradition and modernity. Nayantara Sahgals fourth novel The Day in Shadow (1971) presents the theme on freedom for women to become aware of themselves as individuals along with tradition and modernity. The main characters of the novel Som, Raj, Simrit, Sumer Singh, Brij and Ram Krishnan behave like moderns but at the same time find it quite difficult to isolate themselves completely from the age-old traditions of their own country. The protagonist emerges from the shadows to find happiness. It explores the women, how she came out from the patriarchal society.
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