Imagery of Assert and Valor With Reference to Amitav Ghosh's The Glass Palace

Imagery of Assert and Valor With Reference to Amitav Ghosh's The Glass Palace

B. Arokia Lawrence Vijay (Kumaraguru College of Technology, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-3464-9.ch023

Abstract

Amitav Ghosh' contribution for the welfare of women in literature is notable. He has given a multifaceted picture of women in all his works. His women characters have occupied a unique position in the literary arena. He was able to picture a typical ground reality of women in different location and situations. He has given a wide experience to all his readers to explore different women characters from an ordinary woman to a woman who meet all challenges and succeed in life. He has typically pictured women with challenges and struggles they face in their day today life. This chapter aims to picture the strength and courage of women positive and progressive in the novel The Glass Place.
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Flag Bearers Of Strength

Dolly is introduced as a young girl of nine years. Her responsibility is to attend the princess; her strength and courage starts right from her childhood. When the queen, along with her entire family, was attempted to relocate, Dolly was the first little girl to encounter the initial level of suffering. Dolly, with the princess in her hand, on the stairs which were too high, took courage to show her angry face to the guard. She raised her voice against the guard: “I can’t. I have the princess in my arms and she is too heavy for me. Can’t you see?” (Gosh, 2000, p. 23). However, her attempt did not succeed, because she was small and she could not hear above the wails of the princess that she had in her hands. The attempt to stand against the hard treatment given to her conveys that a nine-year-old young girl can stand against any trouble. Dolly’s character can be taken into account to portray and describe a woman who is a personification of strength and courage.

Key Terms in this Chapter

Ratanagiri: Ratnagiri is a port city on the Arabian Sea coast in Ratnagiri District in the southwestern part of Maharashtra, India. The district is a part of Konkan division of Maharashtra.

Primitive Innocence: The innocent character of or pertaining to the beginning or origin, or to early times; original; primordial

Outram House: The residence of the District Collector

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