‘Reinterpretation of the Concept of Myth in Githa Hariharan’s Novel Thousand Faces of Night’ – Dr. V. Parvathi & Ms. J. laxmee kanthamma


India is an ancient country with rich cultural heritage and cultural values. The woman in India is respected as mother but at the same time she has been oppressed and denied recognition of her invisible work. The conventional roles of women as portrayed by many male and female writers of the past the expectations of the society have been changed and women have started representing themselves as real human beings with equal educational  opportunities, emotions ,responsibilities so on and so forth on par with men. Githa Hariharan in her novel Thousand Faces of Night explores Indian mythology and re-interprets it from the women’s perspective to find a universal remedy for gender relations. The technique of revision of myth is also an act of demolition, exposing and detonating the stories that have hampered women. Her interpretation of the traditional tales elevates the image of women and attempts to re-instigate their position in the society that was downsized by men’s scriptures. The fabled myths and legends of India are reinterpreted with a young woman’s search for self. They make an attempt to explore the universal themes like freedom, independence and desire. The survival strategies of women of different generations and various social classes are presented. The theme of the novel proves that survival is the highest ideal in the struggle-ridden life of women and every woman has to learn for herself. It also attempts to answer whether the Indian culture can indicate the rightful direction to the woman and the woman who is burdened with so many issues, is wise enough to choose the right path. This paper aims at exploring reinterpretation of the concept of myth in Githa Hariharan’s novel Thousand Faces of Night

Key words: confining code of patriarchy, quest for identity, revision of myth, survival strategies, resurrection of the image of women

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