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Volume 2 Issue 6

November 2015

Issues of Gender Discrimination in the Novels of Shashi Deshpande and Margaret Atwood
Dr. Pallavi Thakur, 
Assistant Professor, 
School of Languages and Culture, 
Sharda University, 
Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India
Abstract
Inequalities existed in societies in different forms: race, religion, caste, gender. Gender discrimination is omnipresent in all the societies of the world. Women always get a secondary status in society which is more demeaning than insulting. Indian and Canadian societies are no exception to it. Writers of both the countries have taken up this cause in their works and have both explicitly and implicitly discussed the restricting codes of conduct designed by the patriarchal society for females. The suppressing conventional ideologies hinder the flowering of women’s personalities and encourage them to lead a passive role in a patriarchal society.
Keywords
Girl-Child; Self-Abnegation; Inequality; Chauvinism; Predicament; Discrimination.
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