The Pakistani Bride Analysis

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STRUGGLE FOR SURVIVAL IN BAPSI SIDHWA’S
“THE PAKISTANI BRIDE”

ABSTRACT
BapsiSidhwa’sis one of the most prominent women writers in English. Her fictions are an exclusive paean to women’s zest for empowerment. As an activist, she gave a new dimension to the feminist consciousness. She is an energetic advocate of women. She utilizes her position as a writer to help foster an awareness of their rights. This paper attempts to explore the struggle for survival in Sidhwa’s “The Pakistani Bride”. It aims to investigate the marginalization of women and their struggle for survival. The novel provides insight into the treatment of women in the patriarchal society. To Dhawans, “The Bride provides an incisive look into the treatment of women. It is the
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The novel pictures a way of life that is completely alien to the western reader. It exposes the smothering rules of a repressive religion, their tribal code of honour, the harshness of their daily life, their cruelty and revengefulness. By picturising the real condition of women Sidhwa raises the question, Is marriage a social contract? If so, are married women content in the man made and tradition bound society?
STRUGGLE FOR SURVIVAL
BapsiSidhwa through her novel “The Pakistani Bride” articulates the pain and sufferings endured by women in the hands of age-old barbaric traditions made by men to be followed by women. It highlights the female protagonists’ vigorous effort to overcome their difficulties and zest for life in the male-dominated and tradition bound society, where they are worse than slaves. All the women characters discussed are part of the larger design of repression in the novel and their individuality remain
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