Dr. Jaspal Singh
Head, Department of English,
Hariana, District Hoshiarpur,
November 20, 2017
Women in India have always been subjected to inequality, disparity and prejudice. They have always been struggling to identify their legitimate position and space in the society. With the passage of time, women have started vindicating their rights which the patriarchal setup has always denied. Therefore, a struggle has been going on between the demand and denial of a respectable identity for women. This conflict sometimes creates an identity crisis in women who are unable to locate themselves with respect to the society. The inner self of these women revolts against the hypocritical society that pretends to be quite idealistic but when it comes to giving these women actual rights and independence, it is still as much rigid and conservative as it used to be. Mahesh Dattani, through his triptych comprising of Bravely Fought the Queen, Thirty Days in September and Tara, tries to articulate the predicaments of the middle class women in India who are torn between their inner self and the expectations of the society. The present paper focuses on the identity crisis that Dattani has successfully portrayed in his female characters that arises as a result of this conflict.
Keywords: Identity, Crisis, Women, Self, Society, Prejudice.