International Journal of Applied Research
Vol. 3, Issue 5, Part E (2017)
Empowerment through Education: A Study of Shashi Deshpande’s That Long Silence
“Give me strength To fight the toil of the day To fight the kernel out of the hay Give me light to discern Satyam, Shivam, Sundaram……. (50) The sole motto of this trivial effort is to attract the attention of the readers towards the importance of education in the life of women in modern society. Shashi Deshpande is concerned about the problems of women of middle class society and That Long Silence is about freedom and the urge of every person to discover his or her true-self. A note about the question of women’s rights during her time is also necessary for a clear understanding of this novel’s theme. It is proper to say that in a large sense, That Long Silence is the ideal of human relationship based on mutual partnership, mutual responsibility, faith and confidence. It declares that a relationship like marriage is false if not based on love. Thus, the novel is about freedom and the urge of every woman to discover her true self. Educated women deserve more freedom & independence and its absence leads them to bitter confusion, tension and anxiety. Their psychology is still wedded to tradition. No doubt, they have started recognizing the need for change, but at the same time they continue to cling to the traditions. Education is an essential part of civilized life. The goal of education is to elevate the all-around development and especially the intellectual and professional standards. In addition, the elevation of moral standard is extremely necessary in the sphere of education to meet the stress, which arises due to material & technological advancement. It is observed that women are these days as powerful as men and they have the equal rights to take decision. Shashi Deshpande unfolds the problems of women in the patriarchal society in a very positive way. According to her, woman has every right to live her life, to develop her qualities, to take her decisions, to be independent and to take charge of her destiny. Jaya of That Long Silence emerges as a confident individual who has full control of herself and refuses to be led by nose. With her new confidence, Jaya becomes dignified & independent spirit.
How to cite this article:
Seema Rani. Empowerment through Education: A Study of Shashi Deshpande’s That Long Silence. Int J Appl Res 2017;3(5):287-289.