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Women Fiction Writers

Discuss the status of women in Pinjar by Amrita Pritam.

In a patriarchal society, women are symbols of honor and culture. In times of conflict, sexual objectification and exploitation become tools that men use to seek vengeance upon each other. Amrita...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2018 2:49 pm UTC

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Women Fiction Writers

How is Indian culture portrayed in "A Stench of Kerosene?"

Indian culture is depicted in a harsh, but somewhat realistic manner. The love between wife and husband, Guleri and Manak, is depicted as a powerful one, but one that is subservient to the...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2012 8:57 pm UTC

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How does Shashi Deshpande's novel The Binding Vine voice feminist concerns?   

Indian novelist Shashi Desphande’s work The Binding Vine, published in 1993, explores women’s changing roles in Indian society. However, Desphande rejects the term “feminist,” saying, “I am a human...

Latest answer posted January 10, 2017 7:34 pm UTC

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In "A Stench of Kerosene," which character's behavior is the most revealing?

I would have to go with Manak's behavior as the most revealing in Pritam's short story. I believe that his speech and behavior reflect the oppressive nature of traditional social modes. Manak is...

Latest answer posted April 5, 2012 9:10 pm UTC

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Can Pinjar by Amritha Pritam be seen as a women's narrative?

Pinjar would have to be considered an example of a women's narrative for a couple of reasons. The political reality of Partition in India was conceived of by men. Whether it was British, Hindu,...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2011 10:16 pm UTC

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Based on Deshpande's essay, is woman a goddess of self-denial?

This one is a challenging one. I think that a couple of items have to be made clear in answering this. The first would be that I am not sure that Deshpande is making the argument that the denial...

Latest answer posted January 14, 2012 8:21 pm UTC

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Discuss how "Girls" is the story of the middle class Indian family with traditional views about how girls should behave.

Pande's work speaks to the idea that for middle class or lower class families in India that are wedded to the traditional notions of gender, girls need to behave with an almost sense of shame about...

Latest answer posted July 17, 2012 7:55 am UTC

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In Pinjar, how is religion, violence, and nationalism depicted?

I think that Pritam depicts a setting that is akin to a form of social realism. She seems very committed to depicting a world that is fraught with brutality, silencing of voice, and extreme forms...

Latest answer posted April 16, 2011 2:12 am UTC

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Discuss the sufferings of women during Partition.

I think that it will be difficult to find exact statistics that help to bring the sufferings of women during Partition into full light. The displacement of millions of people, as well as the...

Latest answer posted April 20, 2011 6:58 pm UTC

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Why do so many women choose to write short stories instead of novels?

It would be interesting to know what gives you the impression that women writers are more drawn to the short story genre than to the novel. Most women writers have, in fact, been successful at...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2012 4:28 am UTC

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Discuss women's writings about Partition.

I think that there is an emergence of writing from the women's point of view about Partition. One work that has been receiving much in way of discussion here on enotes is Amrita Pritam's Pinjar....

Latest answer posted April 19, 2011 7:25 pm UTC

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In Girls by Mrinal Pande, why was everything in life a problem for the mother?

The mother sees everything in life as a problem because of the social condition in which she lives. The primary social condition for the mother is one where girls are seen as inferior. They are...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2011 11:46 pm UTC

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Satire in Chaucer's The Prologue to the Canterbury Tales works within a subtle frame of evaluation of the...

In The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer's narrator utilizes satire to critique the pilgrims. More specifically, satire reveals the social distinctions between the pilgrims. For instance, there is a marked...

Latest answer posted June 21, 2013 1:31 am UTC

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What are some discussion questions that can be used in leading a group discussion on Vendela Vida's Let the Northern...

I think that some of the strongest discussion questions regarding Vida's work is going to be how past and present are connected. In fostering this discussion, I would open with the following...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2011 1:54 pm UTC

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