BAPSI SIDHWA AND BHARATI MUKHERJEE: A COMPARATIVE STUDY OF THE THEMATIC ANALYSES OF THEIR NOVELS

Jyoti Sarkale
unpublished
A comparative study traces, analyses and criticizes comparable elements between these Third world, expatriate, immigrant and diasporic writers. It also examines the contrastive features that these two writers have in order to illuminate their individual genius as comparative studies not only include comparable/ analogical elements but also contrastive elements too. Their creative odyssey kept them identical in exploring the complexities of their choicest theme of expatriate and immigrant
more » ... nd immigrant experience with journey as a quest motif. Their protagonists are all women who are lonely as an island in an alien land to assimilate or negate the values of the alien culture with physical and psychological violence. Both Sidhwa and Mukherjee are convinced that they are as artists, destined to undertake the serious task of focusing the cultural crisis of their contemporary societies. Both writers belong to a social and transitional period in their countries. They are keenly sensitive to the changes in the mainstream of their cultures. So the primary aim of this paper is to establish a close affinity between these two novelists, one is a Pakistani and the other an Indo Canadian-American. A comparative study of these two writers belonging to two different cultures and nations could think of certain problems and depict a few situations, which could share some common features. Bapsi Sidhwa is a Pakistani English fiction writer. Sidhwa's first novel The Crow Eaters is a humorous novel which tells of the achievements of a tiny community which has survived cultural invasion. The novel describes the social mobility of a parse family. It is about Feredoon, nicknamed Freddy. Her second novel, The Pakistani Bride deals with the repression of women in the patriarchal Pakistani society. The novel is based on a true story narrated to Sidhwa. Zaitoon is a protagonist of the novel. This novel provides a realistic picture of the treatment of women in
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