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Volume 2 Issue 12

September 2015

Psychological Trauma of the Protagonist in Bharati Mukherjee’s Wife
Ms. A. Jashima Yasmin, 
Researcher, 
Department of English, 
Holy Cross College, 
Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
Abstract
This paper investigates the concealed and suppressive mental depression faced by Dimple, the protagonist of one of Mukherjee’s famous novels entitled Wife. It is quite common in typical Indian families where the men have total control over women in terms of their feelings, thoughts, desires and even whims. A wife must act obediently like a servant to all the commands of her husband, the breadwinner of the family. A destructive consequence of this issue is the hidden attachment of trauma in the mind of the sufferer just as it happens in the case of Dimple. Mukherjee stunningly blends in the build-up of agony of the protagonist with a typical Indianised subservient background as it happens to Indian women worldwide.
Keywords
Psychological Trauma; Suppression; Migration; Bharathi Mukherjee; Wife; Patriarchy.
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