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Research Paper | English Language and Literature | India | Volume 12 Issue 5, May 2023
Exploring Female Subjugation through Language: A Comparative Study of Manjula Padmanabhan and Vijay Tendulkar's Plays
Abstract: They say a pen is mightier than a sword for a reason. Words have power; therefore, language has power. It can be used as a weapon to fight or even subdue. Language was initially meant to communicate, convey or express meaning or emotions. However, like all things humans developed through the ages, they also learned to use it as a weapon. Language can and is, used as a weapon to exert control over the marginalised or weaker sections of society in a subtle and bloodless manner. Despite this, the wounds inflicted by the use of language are more profound than any mortal wound, and its effects are felt deeply in our psyche, where no eye can reach. Using the help of psychology, it is easier to understand the negative effect of language on a person's psyche. Language has been one of the most effective tools to oppress women for the longest time. This paper will combine the fields of literature, language and psychology to better understand the depth of female subjugation through language and how it achieves this. The plays undertaken in this study are The Mating Game Show and Lights Out by Manjula Padmanabhan; and Kamala and Silence! The Court is in Session by Vijay Tendulkar.
Keywords: language, literature, feminism, women, subjugation, psyche, comparative study, power, social realities, modern India, society, control, consciousness, sub consciousness, wielding language
Edition: Volume 12 Issue 5, May 2023,
Pages: 621 - 625