Representing the Self: A Study of Taslima Nasrin’s Shodh
Keywords:Discrimination, Patriarchal Structure, Gender bias, Maltreatment, Identity
Women have been the subject of ill treatment and discrimination in our society since ancient times. Representation of women as weak, docile, innocent, seductive and irrational is deeply rooted in our society and influences actual social conditions where she does not have power and as a result of it, is treated as sex object or a procreating machine. Generally men all over the world look at women from their point of view. Being herself a victim of the fanaticism and patriarchal structure, Taslima Nasarin has observed the plight of women very closely as to how women are given the role of a subordinate where they fail to assert their right to freedom and equality. The central theme which strikes the mind in the novel Shodh is not only gender bias but also the representation of the self of an individual (Jhumur) who eventually breaks down all the hegemonic patriarchal shackles of the society and succeeds in establishing her own identity. Thus, the proposed paper intends to highlight the various aspects of injustice and maltreatment and their impact on the protagonist Jhumur who ultimately takes a stand to assert and represent her own identity in this crude male dominating society.
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