Jagdish Prasad Bairwa and Dr. Rashmi Bhatnagar
This article critically examines the portrayal of gender stereotypes in two acclaimed South Asian novels, "Azadi" by Chaman Nahal and "Ice Candy Man" by Bapsi Sidhwa. Through a comparative analysis, the study delves into the ways in which these influential works of literature depict and reinforce traditional gender roles and expectations prevalent in their respective societies. By exploring the characters, plotlines, and cultural contexts, the article seeks to shed light on the deep-rooted gender biases and their impact on the lives of men and women in the narratives.
Drawing on feminist literary theory and cultural studies, the analysis unpacks the representation of masculinity and femininity in "Azadi" and "Ice Candy Man," emphasizing the stereotypes and societal norms associated with each gender. The article explores how the male characters in both novels embody patriarchal ideals of strength, power, and dominance, while the female characters are often portrayed as passive, submissive, and confined within traditional gender roles. The article also examines the limitations and consequences of these stereotypes, highlighting the ways in which they restrict individual agency and perpetuate inequality.
By critically analyzing the gender stereotypes present in "Azadi" and "Ice Candy Man," this article contributes to a deeper understanding of the ways in which literature reflects and influences societal norms. It highlights the importance of questioning and challenging these stereotypes to promote gender equality and empower individuals to transcend restrictive gender roles. The findings of this study provide valuable insights for scholars, readers, and society at large, encouraging a more inclusive and equitable representation of gender in literature and beyond.
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