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Indian Literature In Sylvia Plath's A Silence Desire

Indian Literature in English took a long struggling period to be evolved and develop. Under the British colonial rule we hardly see any rare glimpse of women writing. In 1951, a professor in one of the Scottish university told one of literary Indian academics, that there are five or six women writers who usually made the most significant contribution in Indian women writing with the same qualities of Jane Austen, George Eliot, Virginia Woolf, the Bronte’s as well as with Gaskell. But women in here were just mere story tells even they were not allowed to publish. The destroyer of this ‘traditional pedagogic stereotypical structure’ was Toru Dutt an elite woman who wrote both French and English novel.
In A Silence Desire, the most ambitious novel by Kamala Markandaya dares the invisible and the writings is competent enough to forge here and there coils of intricate suggestion that almost seem to bridge the chasm between matter and spirit, doubt and faith. Truly this style provides almost the close echo while a reader thinks of Sylvia Plath’s reading. Like, Kamala Das, in Sylvia Plath’s poetry focuses on ‘confessional method’. Plath took the narrative style from her most influential American poet Robert Lowell. Possession establishes the theme, the scene shifts from India to England and America and again back to India. Plath’s protagonist in her Bell Jar examines “quest to forge her own identity, to be herself rather than what others expect her to be". Esther is expected to become a housewife, and a self-sufficient woman, without the options to achieve independence. Esther feels she is a prisoner to domestic duties and she fears the loss of her inner self. The Bell Jar sets out to highlight the problems with oppressive patriarchal ...

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...t Lowell who was the most vital influential person in her poetic career.
However, this analytical discussion on a particular ground of feminism focuses on a different style of writing, a special mood of expressing the subordinate voices of the society. These two discussed poets though occupy a larger portion in English Literature but their works polish the literature and brightens its glow to the different age’s readers. Their dynamic approach in literary works is not only a break through to the stagnancy of traditionalism rather literature becomes like ‘heteroglosic’. Today Sylvia Plath is read under so many theories and critics are seeing her from different point of view. From the psychoanalytical perspective she is widely read under the Electra complex. ‘Daddy’ is then the prominent example for that. In the end whatever is left is unscathed and will ever remain.
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