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Volume 2 Issue 8

January 2016

The Notion of Transformation and Identity in Bharati Mukherjee’s Jasmine
Ms. Ankita Gupta, 
Department of English, 
Holy Cross Women’s College, 
Ambikapur, Chattisgarh, India
Bharati Mukherjee is one of the eminent expatriate writers of modern English literature. She was born in India, but settled down in Canada at present. Her writings spread the fragrances of her motherland, its traditions, customs and values. Each novel of her has a heroine of Indian origin, who suffers hard to find out her own new identity in the new world. In her novel Jasmine, she takes up the theme of search for identity. The novel moves round a woman protagonist Jyoti an ambitious lady who moves from her motherland and settles down in the U.S. in order to fulfill all her wishes and dreams. During her lifetime she travelles to many places and with the changing of place her identity also changes. She from Jyoti transforms to Jasmine, Jazzy, Jase and Jane. Throughout her journey, she believes that she is born more than once.
Bharati Mukherjee; Jasmine; Traditions; Customs; Values.
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