It is rich as a metaphor, and Mr.
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Chamoiseau has turned the language into a philosophical system of generosity, where both the European and the African are accepted and reveled in. His sense of how culture accumulates, how people view themselves, how the master's overlay can be used by the dominated and how the whole might be more important that the sum of the parts, has made Mr. Chamoiseau misunderstood in another way. His notion of a complex culture, the inclusiveness of his vision, has placed him at odds with an older philosophical point of view, of a type of Caribbean black nationalism.
It is harder to accept the complex than to simplify and just take one side of the equation.
There is no pure ancestral culture, and it's hard to accept that idea and the idea that we are Creole. It's hard, after so much history, to live a self-conscious form of Creoleness. So why would the ins and outs of a complicated Caribbean culture, turned into a novel, have any resonance at all in the United States? Why is the book receiving such an overwhelmingly positive reception?
Chamoiseau said, after spending time looking around the city.
It has all these clashes, these survival techniques. I'm not a universalist, but there's a global process of Creolization going on. I'm interested in how one takes part in that process without losing a sense of place, of distinction. And I guess people want to hear about it.
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Politics N. Deshpande advocates that to realize herself, the woman must be true to her own self. The sacrifice and nobility that is expected of the woman is a stereotype that only bogs down the woman in a mire of negation and suppression. The woman needs to venture out of the familial framework, to discover her potential as an individual and give expression to her inner space and self.
Neither Sumi crawls before Gopal for financial help nor does she expect a forceful patch up: We can never be together again. All these days I have been thinking of him as if he has been suspended in space, in nothingness, since he left us. But he has gone on living, his life has moved on, it will go on without me. So has mine. Our lives have diverged, they now move separately, two different streams.
She has moved on from the stereotyped role of a docile wife. Rightly does S. Prasanna Sree point out: Modern and liberal in outlook, Sumi defies the outdated social opinion and orthodox treatment of a woman subjected to desertion by her husband. She has the courage to rise above the consequential problems and difficulties, humiliations and frustrations. But there is a common thread that binds the all, the factor being their quest for identity, yearning for liberty, aspiration for individuality as human being.
Through her portrayals of such strong women characters Deshpande desires to express how women desperately try to assert their individual entity as human being amidst predominant patriarchal social order. As Deshpande observes in her book Writing from the Margin and Other Essays: Many women do enjoy housework and find fulfilment within the home.
They have every right to do so. But there are the hazards of not being able to support yourself when it may be necessary to do so; glorifying the wife and mother role sometimes hide this ugly reality. To be dependent means to be a burden on another, at times to be forced to endure violence because there is no choice. Indian Women Novelists. New Delhi: Prestige Books, International Journal of English and Literature 5. Roots and Shadows. New Delhi: Orient Longman Ltd. That Long Silence.
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