Anita Desai’s Cry the Peacock: A Manifesto of Female Predicament. Anita Sharma. Research Scholar. Department of English. Kurukshetra University. It is a story of a young girl named Maya who was surrounded by childhood prophecy of disaster. Maya is an extremely sensitive married girl. Cry, the Peacock, Desai’s first novel, is divided into three sections: a short introduction and conclusion in objective, third-person narrative, and a long subjective.

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Also, the death of her pet dog starts a chain of reminiscence and reverie.

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Through Maya, the novelist has tried to stress the great yearning of the woman to be understood by her male partner. Anita Desai vesai born in Like her, they are creatures of exotic wild and will not rest till they have danced the dance of death. The cty of peacock is the cry of the natural instinct of a woman who is unfulfilled. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

‘Cry, the Peacock’ by Anita Desai

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Jill rated it liked it Nov 19, Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: As symbolized by her name she stands for the world of sensations. She is presented in the novel as a woman who longs for pleasures of life. Despite all the luxurious, the home still lacks the vital family spirit. But once they are gone she finds herself alone with her horrors and nightmares. He agreed and accompanied her to the roof lost in his own thoughts.

So agonizingly uneventful that you could skim through the entire book and not miss much. I am in a need of one. In the first place, Maya has been deprived of the love of mother, brother, and later her father.

Open Preview See a Problem? Lists with This Book. This pampering spoils Maya and makes her crave for attention all the time. She says that she loves Gautama, rarely shows her love in deeds. It is a communication that she seeks — the true marriage in which body, mind and soul unite — the sort which the peacock seeks when it shrieks out its inside in its shrill intense mating calls.

Maya pushes Gautama off the parapet of their house. Yes No See results. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Even then he blames her father and not Maya herself. This is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. Thanks for telling us about the problem.


crt Jun 23, Taranum rated it it was ok. I read through the first 20 pages with much enthusiasm, but it quickly turned into revulsion for the style of writing employed here and I skimmed through several chapters only to find that the subject hadn’t changed at all. Having lived a carefree life under the indulgent attentions of her loving father, Maya desires to have similar cyr from her husband Gautama, a father surrogate.

No trivia or quizzes yet. The matrimonial bonds that bind the two were very fragile and tenuous. You are commenting using your WordPress.


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