Women Empowerment in Manju Kapur’s A Married Women

1Dr.S.Uma Maheshwari


This paper entitled Manju Kapur's "A Married Women" manages the ladies strengthening through the voice of heroine Astha. It uncovered the situation of contemporary ladies in customary man centric culture and bad habit for ladies' freedom from biased male-strength. It criticizes victimization lady and disassembles the conventional male centric develops to recoup their voice against concealment and sexual enslavement.The female protagonist of the novel, A Married Woman, Astha who is the daughter of an education father and an education father and an orthodox mother, has an earnest desire for peaceful co-existence in the family. But she is discriminated against and subjugated at her in-law‘s house. There, she is supposed to have a willing body at night, a willing pair of hands and feet in the day, and an obedient mouth. Her marriage to Hemant, the son of a government official in Delhi, does not prove to be based on mutual co-operation and understanding. She is compelled to be an enduring wife and sacrificing, other, like a holy cow in the status of a married woman. It leads to her physical exploitation and emotional starvation. Being deprived of her emotional fulfilment, she frantically searches for the fulfilment and turns to lesbianism. Manju Kapur in this novel, A Married Woman, through the protagonist Astha, advocates inter-religious marriage and female-female bond contrary to the patriarchal norms of traditional society.


Marginal society, Lesbianism

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