Insights into Feminist Epistemology of Widow Characters in Rabindranath Tagore’s: Binodini and Bankim Chandra’s: the Poison Tree

Shefali Yateen Jain and Yeddu Vijaya Babu

This research article discusses the psyche of widow characters that are repressed and relegated as symbols of misfortune in Indian society. Widowhood came into sudden importance in the late nineteenth century receiving attention not only from social reformers but also from ingenious writers all over India. Various authors kindled stories around their dejected lives. Sometimes they were showcased as victims, sometimes as tragic heroines, as rebellions and also as person in search of self entity. Rabindranath Tagore who is also a feminist writer mostly represented the issues which were related to feminism through expression of characters stressing the gender disparity in Indian society. Tagore and Bankim’s Protagonists, in select novels are pioneers in early feminist writing, showcased their protagonist’s sufferings, their journey and attaining their own world of peace by changing moral status with love around them. The paper is about how novelist deals with female realization through various thematic motifs. The motifs are rejuvenation of self, exploration of moral principles by conserving Indian culture and last motif is to raise voice against patriarchy that is responsible for all the turbulence that occurs in females’ life who is already a victim of destiny. Binodini and Kunda’s stories are full of agony, suffering and misery that, every widow women were subjected to, in India society. They were Situated Knower in the novel. In the end of novels taken into study, these protagonists see the sights their journey of isolation, oppression, guilt and self-doubt towards self-acceptance, empowerment, love and ends differently that is only as per the sensitivity and insight of novelist.

Volume 11 | 05-Special Issue

Pages: 1136-1144