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Volume 2 Issue 12

August 2015

Marginalization: Girija’s Struggle for Identity in Rajam Krishnan’s Lamps in the Whirlpool
Dr. V. Jaisre, 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of English, 
Bharathiar University Post Graduate Extension Centre, 
Erode, Tamil Nadu, India

Mr. M.Thangavel, 
Post-Graduate Student, 
Department of English, 
Bharathiar University Post Graduate Extension Centre, 
Erode, Tamil Nadu, India
Abstract
The focus of this paper is to explore the marginalization of women in Lamps in the Whirlpool which was written by Rajam Krishnan, a major Tamil writer. The Lamps in the Whirlpool is translated from the Suzhalil Mithakkum Deepangal. Marginalization means to give no importance to a person. The word ‘lamps’ in the title symbolizes the situation of women in the family and the word ‘whirlpool’ indicates the problems that are faced by women. Specifically, the author gives an account of female experiences in the orthodox Brahmin community in this novel. She gives importance to ‘madi’ rules and how Brahmin women are suffered by that ‘madi’ rules. The present paper reveals how the protagonist, Girija struggles in an orthodox Brahmin family to maintain her authority in her home and how she comes out by breaking the conventions in the orthodox set-up.
Keywords
Marginalization; Identity; Rajam Krishnan; Lamps in the Whirlpool.
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