Volume 20 No 19 (2022)
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Exploring Female Subjugation in Bapsi Sidhwa’s The Pakistani Bride
M.P. Jemima, Dr. S. Sunitha
The goal of postcolonial literature is to reveal the colonial ideology through the lens of feminine gender, social marginalisation, and dehumanising treatment of the ‘other.’ Bapsi Sidhwa places a strong emphasis on the challenges faced by fictional characters with distorted identities, as well as dislocation, gender bias, subordination, and the plight of individuals living in colonised cultures. This study focuses on the plight of colonised women, their displacement and loneliness as a result of acts of cultural conflict and political domination. The Pakistani Bride is a novel that is based on an actual incident that tells the narrative of a girl named Zaitoon and highlights Bapsi Sidhwa, who starts a violent attack on women in patriarchal culture. During the period of colonisation, women were viewed as objects of desire and had little social standing. First and foremost, it tells the tale of Zaitoon's battle for existence and how males are expected to live up to a standard of honour and protection in order to appease women. Bapsi Sidhwa depicts horrifying instances of inhumane cruelty, shows naked women wailing for help, and supports the unequal treatment of women in the home. The most heinous event in the novel The Pakistani Bride's spiritual and cultural aftermath is, in fact, this horrifying incident.
Cultural Clash, Marginalize, Brutal, Oppression, Societal identity turmoil
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