Jhumpa Lahiri Novel Analysis

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The new women are introspective and sometimes self-critical. They frequently make a revision of their selves through a reassessment of their values and principles. A similar attitudinal change is visible in Anita Nair's new woman Radha who sheds her ego and revengeful feelings and makes a reconciliation with her own people from whom she had once runaway. The novelists do not idealize romantic love in their novels. Their concept of love is far from the fleeting fancy of infatuation and eroticism. Most of their new women characters were fascinated with the ideal of romantic love for a short period but disillusionment awaited them after their marriage. Anita Nair and Jhumpa Lahiri sarcastically depict traditional female characters who blindly ape and adhere to the sexist standards of true femininity in their novels. Thus the novelists upset the equilibrium and the surface level satisfaction of the ideologically stunted minds of women readers who cope with the convenient conventionalities. The writers take pains to make them aware of the dire necessity and productive possibility of a positive and pro-active change in their lives. The feminist consciousness and feminist desire which are explicit in the novels of Anita Nair and Jhumpa Lahiri sometimes manifest themselves in overt didacticism. If Nair presents a militant and revolutionary feminism in her novels, Jhumpa Lahiri offers a 'liberal feminism' with moderate views to her readers. While What makes their fiction distinct and impressive is the universality or the universal outlook which is manifested in their deep concern for humanity as a whole and for women in particular. They prove that the basic emotions and feelings of women are alike even it' their experiences vary in differ... ... middle of paper ... ...ified under three phases. The way they express and exhibit sharp contemplations on their subjugations and secondary status is identified as the pre-crisis period. This mood gradually leads them to a crisis point during which they finally take recourse to strong decision to put an end to complying with patriarchal hypocrisies and they yearn strongly to transform into an autonomous being. During the third phase the post crisis phase it is observed that, most of them are content about their resolutions to break away from patriarchal fetters. But unfortunately or fortunately for patriarchy some of them show tendencies of returning to the patriarchal shell of course with modification not only hoping to claim a room of one’s own, but of course with the positive hope of gaining for themselves an extra space to fit in their own body, mind soul and an intellect of their own.
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