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: 276

Article in Press

The Marginalization of Woman: A Critique of Manju Kapur's Difficult Daughters

S. Nivetha and K. Ravichandran

  •  Received: 03 May 2021
  •  Accepted: 29 July 2021
This paper probes deep into the Marginalization of woman as meticulously portrayed by the acclaimed novelist Manju Kapur, entitled Difficult Daughters. Manju Kapur does express not only the male ordained society but also analyses the psychology of women through her characters. Difficult Daughters discusses the position of a woman within the family and their right to change. The concept of Marginalization is discussed in the novels of Manju Kapur. Virmati is the protagonist of the novel Difficult Daughters. In this novel, she got married and, being acquiescent to her husband, was given a second appearance. Society has marginalized people in a position of lesser importance or power. Women are marginalized by society and their family members in the name of tradition, culture, and economy. This novel talks about the sufferings of women, their search for identity and their desire for independence. Difficult Daughter reflects the reality of an Indian woman who fights against suppression and oppression of the patriarchy. This paper speaks about the problem of marginalization faced by the character Virmati and her struggle. Women are marginalized in the name of culture, tradition, and religion. This paper highlights the importance of women as people rebelling against marginalization. The woman eventually breaks traditional boundaries through their protest against injustice and raises questions about the already existing beliefs, customs, rituals, and superstitions.

Keywords: Superstition, Suppression, Patriarchy, Identity, Tradition, Culture.