International Journal of
English and Literature

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. English Lit.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2626
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJEL
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 278


Subjugation: A study of the women characters in Khalid Hosseini’s and Arundhati Roy’s novels

Nanda Silima
Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, India. 
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 29 July 2013
  •  Published: 31 December 2013


This paper is a serious attempt to portray the exploitation and discrimination of women in the patriarchal social systems of the Afghan society and the Indian subcontinent as delineated in the novels of Khalid Hosseini and Arundhati Roy. In both the novels: A Thousand Splendid Suns and The God of Small Things, the women share the common plight of suffering, where the male folk treat them as mere objects and subject them to extreme oppression. The novelists rightfully depict the story of these women, who show signs of resistance and try to thwart the male order but their struggle is overwhelmed by the ideology of the male-dominated social systems.   

Key words: Exploitation, women, patriarchal resistance.