The Depiction of a woman in the view of R.K Narayan in the Dark Room

Document Type : Primary Research paper


1 Assistant professor in English, Department of English, Mallareddy Engineering College (A) Maisammaguda, Dhullapally.

2 Associate professor in English, Malla Reddy Engineering College (A), Dhullapally, Hyderabad, Telangana -500 001


R.K. Narayan's view on the freedom of women in Indian Orthodox culture, where males hold to a high status and women are confined to their homes. In those days, it was a house with all kinds of rituals and traditions. R.K. Narayan subtly portrays this contradiction. He emphasises the fact that women are suppressed by the repressive elements of the current tradition. This article highlights the picture of New Woman under the oppressive circumstances and her tremendous struggle to achieve an identity for survival. R.K. Narayan developed the clash between tradition and modernity to establish the idea of New Woman. Savitri is a classic oppressor and is ruled by her husband Ramani, who realises her ideals by developing her identity, whereas Shantabai, an emotionally unbalanced women, is contemporary in rebelling and establishing her own identity against a male subordinated society. R.K.Narayan brilliantly tells about the feminist ideas by giving birth to the new woman.