Dr. S.VIMALA M.A.,M.Phil.,Ph.D.
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ENGLISH
PSG COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCE
Manju Kapur’s woman is not a passive victim always. Astha the female protagonist of the novel tries incessantly to create a space of her own from an orthodoxical, cultural and traditional bound society. Astha slowly understands her caged existence and asserts her individual self. She tries to attain her goal but ultimately understand the reality and gives up her desires with an ultimate satisfaction at heart. The present study focuses on the evolutionary aspects of Astha in Manju Kapur’s A Married Woman. In the beginning the inexperience of Astha due to the existential predicament willingly surrender to the other’s opinion but her exposure to various facets of life transforms her to a prudent woman socially and personally at the end of the novel.
Key words: Existential predicament, caged existence, prudent