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    the mysteries of the mind of an abnormal character. “In Cry, the Peacock, Desai explores the turbulent emotional world of the neurotic protagonist Maya, who smarts under an acute alienation, stemming from marital discord, and verges on a curious insanity” (Prasad 03). The central image of the novel is the confrontation between life and death. Maya never learns to live or love but only to destroy and depend. She is pure instinct without the necessary accomplishment of wisdom; an unusual woman, reserved and timid, completely lacking poise and self-possession. But because she exemplifies Desai’s concern with "thought, emotion, and sensation” (Atma Ram, 102), she is perfect for examination both as a female character and as a representative of Indian woman. Maya, along with her husband Gautam, leads the life of a pampered recluse. There is no love and understanding between the two of them. As there is very little interaction between husband and wife, the major action of the novel takes place in the mind of the protagonist. D.S. Maini comments: Cry, the Peacock is a typically "feminine" novel, a novel of sensibility rather than of action. It has the quality of an orchid and of a flute about it. Its concern is almost wholly with the terrors of existence, and it achieves its effects through a series of exploding and multiplying metaphors. (123) In the fourth year of her marriage, a forewarning by an albino astrologer about her possible death keeps haunting Maya. For months…

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    Anita Desai is an Indian author known for her novels and children 's books. She grew up in India while it was occupied by Great Britain. She grew up in the time era known as the Age of Imperialism. This is where many powerful countries conquered weaker ones around the world ("The Definition of"). She was exposed to English, thus Desai 's writing has always been in English. With the wide range of imperialism, Desai 's works has reached a wider audience. Imperialism has influenced Desai 's…

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    comes to an end with a picture of Columbus lying on his deathbed, sick, and surrounded by friends, family, and priests. This ending makes readers sympathize for Columbus. It is sad and emotional to see a man being depicted as a national hero to die. The way Zinn ends his first chapter is also in a benevolent way, but with a dark undertone. Zinn discusses how Indian society worked and interacted with each other before the introduction of Europeans. Zinn tells how the Indian people were peaceful…

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    Native American Struggles

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    European exploration began with the desire for trade and to spread religion. Finding the Indians offered them the chance to do both. These people had never seen anything like the Europeans and were mostly receptive to new goods to trade, and were willing to listen to new religious ideas. No one was prepared for the Old diseases that the Europeans brought with them. Disease swept across the continent in the years of European settlement, paving the way for the European dream of controlling the…

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    Vikram Seth Analysis

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    generation of practitioners of Indian Writing in English, born after Independence who has attracted attention in India and abroad and even made the reading and writing of novels a respectable pursuit. (Anita Desai 26) Due to the diversity of his themes, forms and genres, the literary world wants to study him. Thus, being an international writer, Vikram Seth does not restrict himself to any particular location or genre. Namita Gokhale in G.J.V.Prasad’s work, Vikram Seth: An Anthology of Recent…

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    ‘Quest for Truth and Self-realization’ in Raja Rao’s Short Stories Raja Rao with his manifold contribution to Indian fiction in English in terms of language and style, remains unparalleled in India. To portray essential Indian sensibility, and modes of thought, he has made a creative use of the resources of the English language. Being a careful and conscious artist who is disciplined in himself, Raja Rao allows himself plenty of time to give a perfect shape to his metaphysical ideas. By…

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    The role of women in society is, to this day, ever changing in England. Women are not proportionately represented in the media, now, or in early English eras such as the Medieval Times. In early English literature, there was not a single female author to be published until the fifteenth century. This can partially explain the beginning of women’s oppression, as it stemmed from a lack of representation. Today, women are still underrepresented in the media, but not to the same degree as during the…

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    Brontë has an interesting look on hope. In her poem called “life” she explains some days you might have rough cloudy days, causing you to trudge but hope will pick you up and your despair will vanish. On the other hand, Emily Dickinson has a slightly different look comparing hope to an undefeatable bird. The theme they have in common is hope, though it is described In different ways it has similar qualities. In Charlotte Bronte’s poem, “Life” she explains life will not be perfect, you will wake…

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    To be Mad or Not to be Mad? That is the Question. Have you ever thought of yourself as a tragic hero? A tragic hero a great character in a dramatic tragedy who is destined for defeat. “ According to the critic, a tragic hero has three prominent characteristics: (1) a will-power that surpasses that of average people, (2) an exceptionally intense power of feel- ing, and (3) and unusually high level of intelli- gence.”(George Detmold 219) With being a tragic hero, come a tragic flaw. A tragic flaw…

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    According to recorded history and fact, there was never a woman who had the brilliance of Shakespeare during his time. This could be for several reasons; one being that women were not schooled as men were at the time, and another that even though they may have tried to follow the path to brilliance, they were forced into the stereotypical and traditional life of a housewife (at the time). A third is the fact that the frustration of not being able to engage in their genius drove them to madness…

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