Search for Self: A Critical Study of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's Female Characters in Arranged Marriage.

Ritu Sharma


One of the most prominent voices of Indian writing in English at present, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni presents the concept of ' New Woman' in its true colour. She depicts the unending struggle of Indian woman against patriarchy, society and her own family. Her female characters are strong and fearless. The present paper aims to focus at the optimist outlook of Indian woman in her search for self-realization with special reference to Arranged Marriage(1997). Rich or poor, educated or illiterate and married or unmarried, all the women characters of Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni in Arranged Marriage rebel against those who try to suppress their individuality.


Independence, Patriarchy and Self-fulfilment.

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