Vol. 2, Issue 3 (2016)
A quest for autonomy in marriage: A study of Anita Desai's novels
Author(s): Mousumi Padhy
Abstract: Marriage is a ritualistic process that establishes the relationship between man and woman, both at the social and interpersonal level. Patriarchal culture believes that Marriage is the final destination for women. She loses her autonomy, freedom, and identity after tied in the nuptial tie. She devotes herself completely to her family members. She has to dedicate her life until the end in accomplishing the monotonous work without any complain. Anita Desai has realised the peculiar position of Indian women after marriage. Her woman has the quest for creating an identity for herself after marriage. They do not want to end up as a domestic worker or be the true shadow of their men. Their desire for selfhood lies deep inside their subconscious level. Anita Desai has explored their psyche to bring out the voice of freedom. This present paper traces to find the women’s quest for selfhood in marriage in the Anita Desai's Novels.