M.A., M.phil, PGCTE, Ph.D
Associate Professor, Geethanjali College of Engineering and Technology, Hyderabad
Paul Scott’s novels show the sense of truth and the liberation it permits. The Towers of Silence (1973), the third novel of The Raj Quartet, is very much about women. Scott with his extraordinary range of characters skilfully portrays the last days of British India. The women in the novel experience conflict largely, the consequences for their male associates. As their men folk, their lives are changed. The novel provides the real substance as these women strive to maintain normality within the abnormal. The novelist’s primary concern is to show how partition affected the socio-cultural attitudes of different communities that changed even their mutual relationships. Barbie Batchelor, a British missionary and schoolteacher shares Rose Cottage with Mabel Layton as her companion at Pankot. The individual characters of Barbie and Mabel alluded as towers of silence that Scott examines the Raj during the end of World War-II. Barbie Batchelor befriends a British family and witnesses the trial of Hari Kumar, an Indian man accused of assaulting his beloved Daphne Manners, while observing the dangerously cruel Captain Ronald Merrick.
Key words: socio-cultural attitudes, different communities, strive, normality, alluded