A MARXIST FEMINIST STUDY OF MALE AND FEMALE IMAGES IN CHETAN BHAGAT’S ONE INDIAN GIRL

Authors

  • Umm e Habiba
  • Rab Nawaz Khan
  • Sadia Sharif

Abstract

The study attempts to ransack Chetan Bhagat’s One Indian Girl, and it highlights how the novelist has constructed and represented the stereotypical and dichotomous images of females in contrast to those of males in the Indian society. The current endeavour reveals that some of the women in the novel under study do not conform to the stereotyped and expected behaviour concerning their position in a family and the way they are treated resultantly. Marxist feminism as a theoretical framework is applied to the text for analysis of the data. David Greenham’s close reading technique is used as a method for data analysis. Findings of the study showcase that the novel under study has constructed and represented the stereotyped gender images related to male and female characters. Heroines in other novels are usually tender age, shy and submissive girls who blindly conform to the societal norms. However, the whole concept of heroinship in the novel under study has been thrown away, and the novel revolves around a competent, bold and opinionated girl who rejects many boys for not having mental compatibility with them, cancels her wedding on the very day, and at the end opts for a boy for herself. The heroine has been represented as a girl who is financially independent, and who does not follow androcentrism and patriarchal norms and values.

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Published

2021-08-15

How to Cite

Umm e Habiba, Rab Nawaz Khan, & Sadia Sharif. (2021). A MARXIST FEMINIST STUDY OF MALE AND FEMALE IMAGES IN CHETAN BHAGAT’S ONE INDIAN GIRL. PalArch’s Journal of Archaeology of Egypt / Egyptology, 18(10), 3582-3591. Retrieved from https://archives.palarch.nl/index.php/jae/article/view/10651