WOMEN IN MODERN LITERATURE – Self identity & Feminism #4


Hi all…. This will be my last post in this topic. I want to conclude this one with Self-identity of women and about feminism, which we all already have some idea.

Self-identity is an essential for everyone. Identifying one’s own self is not an easy task. But, this is even more complicated in women’s case. It could be a difficult process and in the beginning of the modern society when women started to come out from the darkness they had to come across so many obstacles. Women’s identity is hidden behind their family, sacrifice, sentiments and dependence in those days.

In Anita Nair’s novel “Ladies Coupe”, we can see the protagonist Akhila’s quest for self identity. In order to find her own self she takes a train journey. The novel bound up with five different women’s stories together from different social and family background. These stories help her to identify herself and what she really needs at that point. Through the characters author has expressed the importance of need for self – expression. This shows the single woman’s desire to break the norms and traditions in order to establish her own identity and happiness.

Anita Nair highlights the truth about how most women think and satisfied with the assurance and affection of their husband or family. But with such an assurance, they failed to realize the pleasure and confidence they would have achieved with the own identity. Through the novel the author exposed the darker and brighter side of women’s life. She depicts a clear picture of the characters’ inner conflicts, the wounded dreams and their struggle for identity, most importantly how they were lost in the social dilemma.

All the above topics we have seen are under the feminism. The word feminism became fancy nowadays. Not only woman but lots of men are supporting feminism. Feminism is a broad idea of advocating equality for women in all fields as human beings. This can also be described as a movement. All over the world, there are lots of men and women are working and conducting camping’s for the feminist activities. The novels I have mentions above comes under the feminism. Because it expressed the importance and need for an equality between men and women.
The very latest Indian writers, like Chetan Bhagwat, Ravinder Singh, Durjoy Datta and Savi Sharma are taken this feminism concept normally and they have showcased the new women in their works. They moved to the next stage by depicting the women character as equal to men in most of the places.

Apart from all the praises and criticism Chetan Bhagat’s novel “One Indian girl” portrays the perfect picture of a liberal woman also with the difficulties and the past social norms to face through her journey. The protagonist Radhika is unique not typical all Indian girls. This novel is truly feminist. We can see the protagonist attain self knowledge and self realization and most importantly she was successful in her field throughout the book. She has a modern education and job. Even as a male writer, he has written as a female protagonist and expressed most of the things from a woman perspective. It hopes to question society, which judges women achievers. It asks why when it comes to love; being intelligent and too successful is almost a drawback for women.


Female roles in literature have been changing from ages to ages but still, there remained some issues that inherited from its previous generations. In the starting stage of modern age, more women became writers and they were able to portray the emotions of woman in their writings. The women writers have more closeness and concern to the women in their society.. In the latest modern days, readers acknowledged the writers, both men and women as a strong way to spread the modernism and feminism statements.



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