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GENDER DISCRIMINATION: A STUDY OF MAHESH DATTANI'S PLAY TARA

    1 Author(s):  VIVEK KUMAR

Vol -  13, Issue- 5 ,         Page(s) : 73 - 75  (2022 ) DOI : https://doi.org/10.32804/IRJMSH

Abstract

This paper helps us understand women's conditions in a patriarchal society. The play Tara shows gender discrimination. The theme of gender bias is prevalent in the drama. It circles the grave and traditional issues of gender bias. Dattani elaborately and comprehensively deals with the point of cultural prejudice and injustice against women in the play. A female is subjugated and underestimated by a patriarchal society, and she stays only a caretaker for household utensils, children, husband, other household needs and tasks of exhaustion. Tara says their father wants Chandan to be big and sturdy. Everybody expects Chandan to stick to the norms of masculinity. The great patriarchal father cannot stand the sight of Chandan helping his mother unravel the knitting, for it is a "feminine" act that should be executed only by Tara, the girl. Patel blames Bharati for turning her son into a "sissy", but Chandan is happy accomplishing that, and also, he is at ease in the presence of women. This feminine male figure that the heterosexual norms of the sexist society cannot accept.

Dattani Mahesh. "Tara". Collected Plays Vol 1. New Delhi: Penguin Books India, 2000. 317-80. Print.

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