Vol. 4, Issue 2 (2018)
Humanism in the novels of Eudora Welty and Shashi Deshpande
Author(s): Dr. Jolly Bhattacharjee
Abstract: Women in literature emerge from the Universal facts in the society and subjective experience by the individual. In every age women is universally assigned the roles of mothers, daughters, wives, sisters or mistress etc. The present study focuses and examines ‘Humanism’ the central message through the female protagonist in the works of Eudora Welty, an American (South) writer and on the other hand Shashi Deshpande, eminent Indian writer. The former is the winner of the Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Optimist’s Daughter in the year 1973, and the later is the winner of the Sahitya Academy Award for the novels That Long Silence in 1991 and also the winner of the Padmashri Award. The two writers represent different nation and cultures, but so alike in thinking in presenting their protagonist to explore and deepen understanding of subjective issues into a Universal wholeness. The present paper traces the ordeal of pain, loss, suffocation, an identity crises of the protagonist and examines how the protagonist making ‘a sheltered silence as a weapon to achieve the meaning of the self in a Universal identity.