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Volume 1 Issue 9

February 2015

Quest for Self Identity in Shashi Deshpande’s The Dark Holds No Terrors
Ms. N. Radha, 
Researcher, 
Department of English, 
Bharathidasan University Constituent College for Women, 
Orathanad, Tamil Nadu, India

Dr. M. Premavathy, 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of English, 
Bharathidasan University Constituent College for Women, 
Orathanad, Tamil Nadu, India
Abstract
Shashi Deshpande’s novel The Dark Holds No Terrors is about a well-educated, economically independent Woman’s search for her identity which leads to uncover the dormant strength in her. Shashi Deshpande’s novel depicts how Indian women struggle for freedom from the world of tradition. This paper examines the rejection of the tradition which pronounces that the sole purpose of a wife’s existence is to serve and please her husband. It reveals a woman’s capacity to assert her own rights and individuality and becomes fully aware of her potential as a woman.
Keywords
Self-Identity; Feminism; The Dark Holds No Terrors; Shashi Deshpande.
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