Exploring Gender Dynamics: Manifestations in Deborah Ellis’ The Breadwinner

1G J Jini

2J.G. Duresh

1Scott Christian College ,
2Scott Christian College


Inequality is a huge issue that requires much more attention to people with a various background from all of the country in the world. In communities still entrenched in an outdated paradigm, unfair actions are perpetuated against individuals solely based on differences in their race, religion, skin colour, and gender. These discriminatory practices contribute to systemic inequalities within the society. Women writers, through their powerful narratives shed light on issues such as violence, abuse, sexual harassment, and discrimination faced by women. Their writings focus on the experiences of victimization and the relentless struggle for liberation within a patriarchal society. The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis is a powerful and thought-provoking novel that tackles themes of gender, identity, and resilience in a war-torn society. Set in Afghanistan under Taliban rule, the story follows the journey of Parvana, an eleven-year-old girl who disguises herself as a boy in order to support her family and navigate the harsh realities of her environment. The novel provides a unique lens through which to explore the manifestations of gender and the societal implications that arise from its rigid enforcement. This paper analyses the discrimination faced by women in the concept of gender in Ellis’ novel The Breadwinner.


gender, domestic violence, trauma, neglect

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