Vol. 4, Issue 2 (2018)
An exploration of the feminine self: A study of Anita Desai’s novel clear light of day
Author(s): Baljeet Kour
Abstract: Anita Desai’s Clear Light of Day highlights the unending struggle of the Indian women in the male dominated society. Women are exploited and oppressed due to their gender in almost every part of the world. They are expected to behave according to the patriarchal notions of the society. Desai has wonderfully explored every aspect of a women’s life to improve herself socially and economically. The problem which Desai and other writers saw in their surroundings like male dominated problems at home and different work places in society get reflected in their works. Of course, Indian women are coy, delicate and submissive, but at the proper time, she is so much enthusiastic that she stands firm like rock and become a formidable force that enemies cannot stand before her and are defeated. Anita Desai is the first writer who has forcefully expressed the existential problems of both women and men. She is the first to introduce the deep psychological probing of her character. Her fictional world is located in the corridors of human consciousness. She is a subjective writer and portrays her characters individually. Her individuality and sensitivity differentiates her from other writers. In her novels, Anita Desai tries to portray the psychic elements. This paper also puts some light on issues related to female as well as male in an Indian society.