Marginalisation of Woman in Kiran Nagarkar's Seven Sixes are Forty Three
Shilpa Ammanagi
Gender Discrimination, Marginalisation, Society, Exploitation, Male Dominance, Suppression, Oppression, Patriarchal Society, domestic violence.
Kiran Nagarkar, a prominent Indian novelist, made a notable entry into the literary world with his debut novel, "Seven Sixes are Forty Three." Originally composed in Marathi in 1974, this work transcended language barriers, finding translation in over forty languages and becoming a trailblazing contribution to post-colonial Indian English literature. While it garnered mixed reviews from critics, Subha Slee's English translation broadened its international reach. "Seven Sixes are Forty Three" is a rich tapestry of themes, exploring love, pain, suffering, loneliness, and death. It keenly examines the prevailing gender discrimination in Indian society, shedding light on the unequal treatment between men and women. The novel also delves into the complex status of women within this societal framework, all while employing a unique narrative style infused with dark humor. This research paper aims to dissect the novel's themes of gender discrimination and the pervasive influence of the patriarchal system on its female characters. Drawing inspiration from Simone de Beauvoir's seminal work, "The Second Sex," the paper will analyse the various cultural, economic, societal, and educational challenges faced by women in the novel. Through this lens, it will explore how these challenges hinder the pursuit of a fulfilling life for the female characters. This research seeks to unravel the layers of "Seven Sixes are Forty Three" by Kiran Nagarkar, offering insights into the intricate web of gender discrimination that shapes the lives of its female protagonists. This analysis contributes to a deeper understanding of the novel's societal and cultural commentary, making it a valuable addition to the discourse on literature and gender dynamics in India.
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Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 10, Issue 5

Page(s): 272 - 277
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