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Volume 2 Issue 12

July 2015

Journey in Search of Identity in Bharati Mukherjee's Jasmine
Dr. M. Ravichandran, 
Associate Professor and Head, 
Department of English, 
Tranquebar Bishop Manickam Lutheran College, Porayar, 
Nagapattinam, Tamil Nadu, India
Abstract
Jasmine, a novel written by Bharati Mukherjee, an Indian born American diasporic writer, as a continuation of one of her short stories in Middleman and Other Stories, presents how a young Indian widow and an illegal immigrant in North America tries to adapt the American way of life in order to be able to survive and have her own self and identity in the social-cultural milieu of American society. In that process Jasmine changes her identity several times and fights against the brutalities and violence surrounding her. To achieve her identity, Jasmine uproots herself from her life and culture in India, her past and re-roots herself in America in search of a new life and the image of an American. Mukherjee shows that assimilation/Americanization is the only way to achieve the wholeness of identity in North America.
Keywords
Journey; Search of Identity; Bharati Mukherjee; Jasmine.
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