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International Journal of Arts, Humanities and Social Studies

Vol. 6, Issue 1, Part B (2024)

The Dark Room by R.K. Narayan: A Portrait of Indian Women

Author(s):

Dr. Anil Kumar

Abstract:

R.K. Narayan is a renowned novelist whose works have been the subject of public scrutiny for many years. Narayan deeply empathizes with the plight of women, illustrating their essential roles within the family and broader society. This analysis focuses on Narayan's female protagonists, shedding light on his feminist perspectives, beginning with Savitri from The Dark Room. Narayan’s novels, often described as mythical comedies or modern fables, authentically portray the Indian Women. He utilizes the novel as a medium to reveal the inherent social evils.
In the novel, the character Savitri symbolizes the silent suffering endured by numerous Indian women. Through Savitri, Narayan critiques the patriarchal systems that confine women to submissive roles. Her transition from silent suffering to active resistance highlights Narayan's awareness of women's issues and his commitment to depicting their struggles authentically. Narayan’s depiction of women extends beyond their suffering, highlighting their strength and resilience. Characters like Rosie in The Guide and Daisy in The Painter of Signs challenge traditional roles, striving for independence and self-realization. Rosie's evolution from a neglected wife to a celebrated dancer exemplifies women's potential to assert their identities despite societal restrictions.
Narayan’s novels often merge myth with contemporary themes, crafting stories that are both timeless and relevant. His narratives, rich with humour and irony, emphasize the inconsistencies of modern Indian society. Through realistic characters and situations, he addresses social issues such as gender inequality, caste discrimination, and bureaucratic corruption. By leveraging fiction to tackle social issues, Narayan engages a wide audience, prompting readers to contemplate the injustices in their surroundings. His works remain pertinent, continuing to inspire discussions on social reform and women's empowerment. Through his compassionate portrayal of female characters and critique of societal norms, R.K. Narayan emerges as a pivotal figure in Indian literature, advocating for a fairer and more equitable society.

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International Journal of Arts, Humanities and Social Studies
How to cite this article:
Dr. Anil Kumar. The Dark Room by R.K. Narayan: A Portrait of Indian Women. Int. J. Arts Humanit. Social Stud. 2024;6(1):79-82. DOI: 10.33545/26648652.2024.v6.i1b.94
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