The pilgrimage of women in Laurence's The Diviners Essay

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Feminism as defined in the feminist Dictionary (1985) is a "movement seeking the recognition of the world upon a basis of sex equality and all human relations," a movement which would reject every differentiation between individuals upon the ground of sex, would abolish all sex privileges and sex burdens and would strive up to the recognition of the common humanity as the foundation of law and custom.

Feminist literature is a canonical text, which portrays the sufferings of women, insists on the need for protecting their rights and suggests means on their emancipation.

Feminism may be considered as a social movement. It considers women as the oppressed group, upholds their right by presenting them as individuals and
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She is the companion of man gifted with equal mental faculty, a protector and provider, the embodiment of love and affection. The role given to women in a society is a measuring rod and true index of its civilisational and cultural attainment. In the words of Rabindranath Tagore , ?Woman is the builder and moulder of a nation?s destiny. Though delicate and soft as lily, she has a heart, for stronger and bolder than that of man. She is the supreme inspiration for man?s outward march.?

Woman have proved more vibrant, dynamic, sincere and perfect in every field. They have the ability to immerse themselves wholly in any task they undertake. Pilgrimage can be considered at three levels namely Psychological, Sociological and Archetypal . Arriving at a national identity or making a self-discovery in the midst of so many conflicting forces has been a painful experience and sensitive individuals especially writers seem to have felt the pangs of such growing up. This process of individuation is reflected more strongly in the case of woman writers. The gradual journey from individual consciousness to comic consciousness gives shape to the personal and national identity in the novel.

The psychic journey towards inner freedom depicts the female psychic structure based on female individuality, power and independence. It becomes what the quest

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