What is the exact theme of the play Silence! The Court is in Session?

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The central theme of any work of literature is likely to be interpreted differently depending on the reader. Vijay Tendulkar's play is a satirical treatment of a serious problem. Because the playwright creates a play within the play, the general theme of perception is important. The reader may wonder if Leela Benare truly speaks out condemning patriarchy or if the author is providing an inner monologue.

The general theme of gender hierarchy in patriarchal society is carried out through the entire play. More specifically, the courtroom setting and the trial that is conducted based on accusations against the woman suggest a theme of institutionalized injustice against women. This is supported both by the way the judge conducts the trial and the severity of the verdict and sentence.

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"Exact" theme may not really exist, as theme is often relative to the perception of the reader. Remember that theme is the controlling idea or central idea of a story. That being said, I believe the major theme of Silence! The Court Is In Session is degradation of women in Indian society. The author seems to have a deep and thoughtful understanding of the vulnerability of Indian women. He uses a female character to display the male dominance in Indian culture and the hypocrisy that comes with it. He also touches on other topics of social awareness such as political corruption and uppity, pretentious government organizations. All in all, though, the theme of the play centers on male dominance over women and the struggles women must quietly endure in Indian culture.

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