DR. VIBHA TIWARI
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, DEPT OF ENGLISH
CBRG GOVERNMENT GIRLS’ COLLEGE
The present paper through the examples of Bimala and Suman, the heroines of Tagore’s Ghare Baire and Premchand’s Sevasadan, respectively seeks to articulate woman’s quest for liberty and self-identity. Bimala being shy keeps her passion dormant, but the extrovert Suman openly expresses her indignation against the patriarchal constraints. Ultimately both of them move into the outer space in search for identity, transgressing the traditional bar. Bimala crosses the threshold at the behest of her husband, while Suman does it promptly driven by her own instinct. Yet, the adventures of both of them end up in a fiasco and they have to return home battered and humiliated, but only to find their nests already broken. Thus, the moral that the two novels preach is that women are safer in their homes and their entry into the outer world alone is fraught with ugly consequences.
Keywords: Bimala, Suman, Traditional, Transgressing Bar, Quest, Identity, Threshold, Swadeshi, Prostitution, Communal, Feminism, Fiery, Liberty.