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Volume 2 Issue 12

December 2016

Harmonious Blend of Light and Darkness in Sita’s Psyche in Anita Desai’s Where Shall We Go this Summer?
Ms. Subbulakshmi, 
Researcher, 
Department of English, 
Bharathidasan University Constituent College for Women, 
Orathanadu, Tamil Nadu, India

Dr. N. Gejeswari, 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of English, 
Bharathidasan University Constituent College for Women, 
Orathanadu, Tamil Nadu, India
Abstract
Anita Desai is a dominant figure in the twentieth Century Indian English fiction. The most common theme in Anita Desai’s novels is human relationship, particularly the man—woman relationship. Where Shall We Go this Summer? portrays, in psychological terms, the feelings of ennui, boredom, and meaningless existence experienced by a middle—aged woman, Sita, who is married to a prosperous businessman and has four children. The woman has no sense of achievement, fulfillment or satisfaction to make her life worth living. Sita turns vindictive and rebels openly against all social and domestic norms in order to feel triumphant. The conflict here is between conformity and rebellion. But her husband Raman has an admirable capacity for accommodation and compromise. As he has a high sense of responsibility, he arrives at some sort of a compromise, and is able to continue his relationship with Sita.
Keywords
Woman; Relationship; Compromise; Where Shall We Go this Summer?; Anita Desai.
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