LANGUAGE IN INDIA Strength for Today and Bright Hope for Tomorrow Multifaceted Women in Anita Nair's Mistress

M Thirumalai, B Mallikarjun, Sam, B A Sharada, A R Fatihi, Lakhan, Marie Jennifer, S M Bayer, G Ravichandran, L Baskaran, C Ramamoorthy, Subburaman (+3 others)
2014 unpublished
Anita Nair is a bold and straightforward writer. Her novels depict the real life of her characters. Her novels reveal the effect of social conditioning on women. Society uses many different means to propagate beliefs. We have literature as one of the means to carry these ideas further, surrounded by such massages. They break the chains of social norms and do not confine themselves to the boundaries which limit women. So we can say that Anita breaks the chains of society in portraying her women
more » ... haracters, which usually leads to its fragmentation. She never hesitates to tell the truth, however bitter it is and simultaneously, she forces us to think of the importance of curbing adultery to save family life. The Focus of This Paper The aim of this paper is to explore and evaluate the position of women in Anita Nair's Mistress (2005). As Indian society still relies on many conventional norms and values and women have to deal with the tradition, the focus will be on the expectations the predominantly male-oriented society has, and also on the approaches the women in the novel adopt to either conform to them or revolt against them, taking into account the codes of their religion, caste and social status. The female characters in the novels come from different geographical regions, have different social and caste background, and profess different religions, reflecting thus the diversity of Indian culture, which would be difficult -or rather, impossible to generalize. Bound to Marriage -Be a Good Wife While reading Indian novels with prominent female characters, one can be surprised how much expectations are placed upon them. Almost all of them are bound to marriage. Not much else is expected from a woman than to get married in the best possible way. Although in recent years women are allowed more freedom and more rights, the main, and often the only thing that is expected from them is to enter a favorable marriage that would strengthen their family's prestige. Most of the expectations expressed in the novels are in one way or another connected to