UNWANTED GIRLCHILD: QUEST FOR EXISTENTIALISM
The discriminating socio-cultural values, attitudes and practices which cripple the personality of the female child are highlighted in the paper. A girl child is unwanted at birth and neglected during childhood and adolescences. Deshpandeâ€™s female protagonist possesses a keen insight into subtleties of human behavior. Shashi Deshpande portrays women as facing the conflicts and problems of fusing tradition and modernity. The transition from the old to the new, the crisis of value adaptation strikes deeper into the lives of women. The conflict created by the opposing forces of modernity and tradition was between aspirations and the reality of life; personal fulfillment of desire and duty towards family.