Women Characters in Sarat Chandra Chatterjee’s Arakkhaniya
Sarat Chandra Chatterjee was a Bengali writer of the early twentieth century. He was known for creating a realistic portrayal of the intricacies of domestic lives and focussed on the emotional turmoil of his characters. His works bore a mark of commentary on the social issues of his time. He was a champion of women rights and his representation of women from all walks of life etched his mark over multitude of readers in India and abroad. The present novel deals with the dichotomy of physical beauty and inner beauty. The various women characters play an important role in the journey of the protagonist Gyanada from invisibility and ridicule to acceptance and love. Her story restores the faith in the power of love and her victory disintegrates the value of cosmetic beauty. Gyanada’s narrative is emboldened by the message of a support system of women which operates silently in the core zone of patriarchy and slowly destabilizes it through female bonds of a shared history and the struggle to change and rewrite it.
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