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Volume 1 Issue 3

August 2014

Protest within Family: A Feminist Analysis of Sashi Deshpande’s That Long Silence
Ms. R. H. Kalaiselvi, 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of English, 
Auxilium College, 
Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

Dr. Sr. Ugini Fatima Mary, 
Principal and Associate Professor, 
Department of English, 
Auxilium College, 
Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
A family without a woman is incomplete and unstable. Deshpande believes that family is an essential unit of the society and the disintegration of the family leads to disintegration of the society. Deshpande’s women are modern, yet engulfed in traditional values. They show a profound state of confusion at the beginning, their ties with family shake violently, but slowly they self-introspect themselves and emerge out as more confident women at the end. They do not break the familial bonds, but reassure themselves that they can succeed within the family unit. They do not compromise with the threatening situation, but change for the better. Deshpande seems to look positively at the younger generation to restore partnership with more equality.
Sashi Deshpande, Moderate Feminism, Patriarchy, Suppression of women, Protest within Family, That Long Scilence.
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