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Volume 2 Issue 8

January 2016

An Analytical Study of the Women’s Psyche in Bharati Mukherjee’s Wife
Dr. R. Suriya Prakash Narayanan, 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of English, 
Alagappa University College of Arts and Science, 
Paramakudi, Tamil Nadu, India
Bharati Mukherjee’s Wife deals with the immigrant experience of the Indians and their disillusionment that follows it. It takes up the theme of marriage. The novel is divided into three parts where each part tells the story of a middle class Bengali girl who marries and later migrates to New York. Wife is an analytical study of the women’s psyche. It reflects the pain of exclusion and portrays the “splintered-self” of the protagonist. It studies the female protagonist’s dilemma of rootlessness and her incapacity to belong. The novelist deals with the identity crisis and depicts the mental trauma through which the protagonist Dimple Basu passes. Though the novel focuses on immigrant experience, it also concentrates much on the problem faced by the protagonist Dimple, after her marriage with her husband Amit. The novel focuses on Dimple’s peculiar reactions to the typical situations of married life. Since beginning she suffers from inferiority complex. She remains worried of her. She thinks of marriage as a source of self-realization and liberation. Marriage, she thinks, would free her and provide her real life.
Identity Crisis; Mental Trauma; Immigrant Experience.
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