Maps For Lost Lovers And Season Of The Rainbirds Analysis

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I have interpreted patriarchal hegemony and Diaspora through multiple perspectives presented in both novels Maps for Lost Lovers (2004) and Season of the Rainbirds (1993) in the light postcolonial feminist theorists in order to support my arguments. The structure of Pakistani society has been derived through the construction of gender roles in obedience to the Islamic law. Both novels challenge the idea of Muslim society dominated by men in former colonial situation. The picture of Patriarchal society is presented through the character of Kaukab in opposition to her husband and then Elizabeth to her lover Azhar in Maps and Season respectively.
In Dasht-e-Tanhaii, it is the women who shape the community and holds up the tradition and patriarchal
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Both novels provide no way out to its lovers because the atmosphere of the novels remains chaotic due to the ruthless customs to be practiced in the South Asian societies like Pakistan. While the children of the central characters like Kaukab and Shamas are looking for freedom and therefore have merged into the British multicultural liberal society that allows its dwellers to merge in it. Kaukab’s daughter Mahjabin has therefore gets her hair short and rejects her mother’s conventional life style because she too has been hybridized like her father Shamas who has got inspiration from the Britain and adapted to the western values. Shams and Mahjabin are neither true Muslim nor English due to their diverse cultural background. Mahjabin is born in Pakistan but she is brought up in England therefore she too gives obnoxious remarks on Islam and Pakistan just like her father: in Pakistan everything is divided into ‘his’ and ‘hers’. Similarly her father also ridicules Islam saying: …show more content…
The novel unveils identity crisis through the process of othering. Kaukab lies in the mainstream and has created an identity for herself based on the existence of Other. The moral degradation of the white man is symbolized in the character and representation of the white woman whose decline of virtue shows the failure of the white man. In Maps, the white otherness can be found through the youngsters who are ready to merge into the western ideals though excluded from the Pakistani community. For example, Chanda and Jugnu the young lovers who are the cause of shame for the Pakistani and murdered by their own blood line just because they represent white otherness and were threat to Pakistani values and conventions. But Aslam has criticized such honor killing that does not justify the Pakistani to kill someone near and dear in the name of honor. Because the same society which does not forgive the true lovers it can surely forgive the sexual offenders like Ujala and Shamas. One may say that the South Asian societies are constructed to shape the society in accordance with the values belief system. The gender based construction of the society represents men in power and privileged while the women remain in subordination. Spivak, a renowned theorist has played a very significant role to unveil ugly face of male dominating society. She has presented some necessary glimpses of male

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