My Sainted Aunts

The Role of Characterisation Throughout the Short Stories of "Mayadevi's London Yatra" and "Bishtpur Landing" 10th Grade

“My Sainted Aunts”, written by Bulbul Sharma, is an Indian book built upon several stories with unique characters, each one of them presented with great diction and characterization. Furthermore, the author decides to use and portray Indian lifestyle for women before modern times, where these were severally judged, treated inferiorly and discriminated by society. More specifically, one of the biggest arguments and problematics seen throughout the stories are child marriage, women being widows and daily categorization, giving the reader and overall look of their situation. To demonstrate the previous, the stories of “Mayadevi’s London Yatra” and “Bishtpur Landing” display the personality and mind of the protagonists through implicit and explicit characterization, reaching out for the reader and therefore making them both curious and attracted to the plotline and their lifestyles.

In the case of the first story, “Mayadevi’s London Yatra”, Sharma creates such a singular and peculiar character, that Mayadevi herself represents a challenge towards India’s daily society and mentality. Primarily, she is a widower, and instead of being isolated, unconfident and weak, she is portrayed as being a strict, firm and powerful woman. An...

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