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SHAPING THE BONSAI: THE MULTIPLICITY OF PATRIARCHAL ROOTS IN MAHESH DATTANI’S BRAVELY FOUGHT THE QUEEN

Smitakshi Chowdhury

Assistant Professor, Department of English, L.J.D. College, Falta, West Bengal, India.

Abstract


‘Bravely Fought the Queen’ deals with shades of patriarchy inherent within the Indian familial structure. The focus is not just on the subjugation of women, but also of men. The women characters lead vacuous lives, beneath the veneer of sophistication. They are bound and shaped by patriarchal forces, just like a bonsai is shaped into will by the owner. The men fit into four different categories of masculinity as analyzed by Raewyn Connell. The bonsai makes an appearance repeatedly and is used as a symbol to present how patriarchy is perpetuated down generations by agents both male and female.

Keywords


shaping, bonsai, multiplicity, roots, bravely, queen.

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Smitakshi Chowdhury. (2020). Shaping the Bonsai: The Multiplicity of Patriarchal Roots in Mahesh Dattani’s BRAVELY FOUGHT THE QUEENJohn Foundation Journal of EduSpark, 2(3), 25-33.

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