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Volume 3 Issue 1

June 2017

Shashi Deshpande’s Roots and Shadows: A Tragic Story of Strained Marital Relationships
Ms. M. Kavitha, 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of English, 
Sree Sakthi Engineering College, 
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

Dr. Padmini Bernard Fenn, 
Associate Professor, 
Department of English, 
G.R.D. College of Science and Commerce, 
Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
Shashi Deshpande is basically concerned with the theme of human relationships in general, and husband-wife relationships in particular. She has dealt graphically with problems that confront a middle class educated woman in the patriarchal Hindu society. But here is not the radical and militant kind of feminism which sees the male as the matrix of all menace. Woman is denied a place and status equal to her male-counterparts. She is an Indian feminist, whose novels are rooted in Indian soil and context. She is not happy with the middle – class Indian women, who are pathetic and tragic lot. She has raised her voice of protest against the patriarchal attitude towards women in a contemporary male-centric society. This paper attempts to define Shashi Deshpande’s work Roots and Shadows as feministic discourse in the female world and a story of strained marital relationships.
Shashi Deshpande; Roots and Shadows; Marital Relationships.
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