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Volume 1 Issue 9

February 2015

Parting of the Ways and Charting New Paths: The Woman at the Crossroads in Manju Kapur’s The Immigrant
Ms. Nasheed Jafri, 
Department of Studies in English, 
University of Mysore, 
Mysore, Karnataka, India
Through fictional renderings, writers have elaborated upon the very factual and often difficult aspects of living in a country other than one’s own. Such narratives trace identity negotiations and reveal that the final reckoning that the protagonist, especially a woman has with herself, are not one ultimate construal, but a continuous renewal. Placed at certain critical crossroads, she charts out different paths towards her agency. The Immigrant by Manju Kapur is one such work that brings to the fore how reactions to control, support, defiance or acquiescing differ from person to person, between genders, and within relationships. This paper addresses certain aspects, especially those relating to adaption and isolation, of these interactions. It examines the endeavours of Nina, the protagonist of The Immigrant, as she grapples with cultural differences not only in a foreign society, but also with dissimilar attitudes and power equations at home, with an Indian-born spouse.
Immigration; Relationships; Manju Kapur; Cultural Differences; Identity Negotiations; The Immigrant.
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