Mythical women characters of Girish Karnad: A Close Study
Dr. Pratima Priyadarshni
Mythical, Feminine, Modernism, Autonomy, Freedom, desire
Critics and scholars are of the opinion that almost all the women characters of Girish Karnad are mythical and interesting in nature. In his writings there are different women characters that reflect different intellect and feminine sensibilities. We can explore feminism in the play The Fire and the Rain. Girish Karnad has tried to figure out and challenge the notions of patriarchy through different characters in this play. Liberal humanism and feminism have been yoked together to understand true colours of feminism in this play. In almost all the plays of Girish Karnad we can find that there is a kind of dichotomy between women as an object and women as human beings. Karnad is a kind of playwright who understands that in history women were looked merely as an object but the time has come when the world is advocating for equal rights given to women. In this article we are going to uncover mythical women characters of Karnad in a unique way. Women are no more merely subordinates of their male counterparts but they too play a progressive role in society. It has been reflected through mythical women characters of Karnad because these women characters have been given certain freedom to explore themselves by the playwright. The character sketch of Vishakha in The Fire and the Rain seems to be a role model of modernism. She is not silent and thus she defies the code of conduct of the society. Similarly in the play Hayavadana the central character Padmini explores autonomy and freedom in the society in her own way. She is a bold character and she understands the value of emotions and desires.
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Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 11, Issue 1

Page(s): 41 - 44
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