DOMESTIC DISHARMONY IN R. K. NARAYAN THE DARK ROOM
A Woman is given the peripheral region and the centre is occupied by a man in the patriarchal society from the olden days of socio-historical chronicle of India. Woman’s total dependence on man curbs herself-respect and individuality. The tradition, superstition, male-dominated environment of society leaves woman in a boundary of four walls. It has a passive impact on woman’s liberty to dream and achieve a position in the society which she can be proud of. She struggles for identity. This struggle leads to her self-discovery.
The emancipation of women started with the remarkable changes that were brought about in the patriarchal and traditional society with the effect of modernism. Women’s liberation is not mere shouting of slogans for one’s rights. Women’s liberation means of a fuller development of her personality. She does not have to ask for freedom. She herself develops a capacity to achieve it. Freedom is not a thing to be given or taken but to be attained by the way of living and self-effort. The novels of R.K.Narayan (1907-2001) can be regarded as more or less a socio-historical chronicle of India of his time-Pre and PostIndependence India. His early novels were written before Independence of India (1947) portray women as mere orthodox and god-believing entities engaged in household chores, deeply rooted in traditional beliefs.
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