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Volume 1 Issue 9

February 2015

Hidden Self: A Psychoanalytical Journey into the Self of Manjari in Shashi Deshpande’s Moving On
Ms. P. Maria Ponn Sindhuja, 
Department of English, 
Holy Cross College, 
Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
While other feminist authors portrayed the suppression of plain women in life, Shashi Deshpande moved a step forward and made educated women as the subject of her writings and voiced the agony of such women who had to depend on their male counterparts for the choices and decisions of life. Moving On is in many ways, a departure from Deshpande’s earlier novels. She ventures even deeper into the territory of the female psyche. She focuses on the women characters trapped up in a conflict between tradition and modernity. Focusing on the marital relation, she seeks to expose the tradition by which a woman is trained to play her subservient role in the family. Her novels reveal the man-made patriarchal traditions and uneasiness of the modern Indian woman in being a part of them. Shashi Deshpande uses this point of view of present social reality as experienced by women. The present paper brings out the hidden self of the female protagonist Manjari in Shashi Deshpande’s Moving On.
Hidden Self; Transformation; Patriarchy; Shashi Deshpande; Moving On.
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