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Volume 1 Issue 4

September 2014

The Impact of Colonization in Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s The Palace of Illusions
Dr. A. Padmashini, 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of English, 
A.N.J.A. College, 
Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu, India
From the beginning of the colonial period till its end, the women are symbolized as the conquered land. During the Renaissance, the Europeans were often supplicants in front of powerful rulers in Asia and could hardly encode themselves as the male deflowerers of a feminized land. Colonialism intensified patriarchal oppression, often because native men, increasingly disenfranchised and excluded from the public sphere. They become more tyrannical at home. The women became the metaphor for indigenous culture. It was reinforced by colonial law, which sought to mould the public sphere according to the European ideals. New forms of patriarchal domination were introduced in colonized lands. European colonialism justified its “civilizing mission” by claiming that it was rescuing native women from oppressive patriarchal domination. Divakaruni presents a woman who struggles against rapid discrimination deliberately meted out by the patriarchal power in the novel The Palace of Illusions. This paper purports to analyze the role of Panchaali in Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s The Palace of Illusions in a feminist aspect and post-colonial dimension.
Colonization; Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni; The Palace of Illusions
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