Female–Bonding in Shashi Deshpande’s–The Binding Vine

Authors : E.A. Vimala, Dr. M. Leelavathy

Volume/Issue : Volume 2 - 2017, Issue 10 - October

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Shashi Deshpande is one of the pioneering writers of the day. She has occupied an important place in the field of Indian writing in English by portraying the psychological problems faced by career women in India. She deals with the excesses committed upon the female fold for centuries, leading to their deep, quiet and passive suffering. Deshpande in her novels shows how the protagonists’ revolt against it and try to search their own identity in the hostile world of male chauvinism. She is not for revolt for the sake of revolt but rather in the sector and degree required.This novel, The Binding Vine, tries to conform to the metaphoric structure. The title is appropriate in a number of ways. Its symbolism is ambiguous-that is, the words or phrases connote several things. The Binding Vine suggests many bonds in the life of the heroine Urmila. They are, her bond of familial ties of parents, husband and children, her bond of pregnancy, her bond of love for her lost baby daughter, her bond of love for Mira’s poems, her bond of sympathy for the wrongs done to Kalpana and her bond to the chain of untoward circumstances. The beauty of the novel lies in showing all the connotations interplaying with one another and suggesting multiple connotations. We see first the bond of love and then the bond of silence. This novel focuses on the predicament of a typical middle-class Indian woman who wants expression but gets suppression and oppression.


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