Strength for Today and Bright Hope for Tomorrow

Volume 10 : 1 January 2010
ISSN 1930-2940

Managing Editor: M. S. Thirumalai, Ph.D.
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Utopia and Dystopia, Conflict Between Two Extremes
An Appraisal of Anita Desai's Cry, The Peacock

V. Sunitha, M.A., M.Phil.

Utopia, Dystopia and Maya

Utopia is an imaginary island represented by Sir Thomas More (1516) in a work called 'Utopia'. It is an ideally perfect place of excellence. On the other hand, Dystopia means an imaginary place or state in which everything is bad or extremely unpleasant.

Maya, the chief protagonist of the novel Cry, The Peacock, is an inhabitant of the dreamland Utopia. She is much occupied in illusion, fantasy and imagination that go with her name 'Maya'. Her husband Gautama, the reincarnation of Gautama Buddha, stands for real and actual world. His practical outlook to life is beyond Maya's self love and imagination.

If Maya is a Hedonist and epicurean, then Gautama is a Puritan. Gautama's philosophies and his adherence to Bhagavad Gita sound hellish and dystopic to her. Maya's ready submission to fantasies and reveries propels her in a dystopic land. Her fatuous supposition to the chimera ransacks her life.

The present paper makes transparent the incompatibility and detachment between the two extremes, Maya and Gautama, who were tied by the sacrosanct nuptials.

Story of Mismatched Couple

The novel unveils the story of mismatched couple Maya and Gautama where one implores for love and the other retreats from it. Their disposition, attitude, outlook and perspective to life stand poles apart. While Maya is over-emotional and highly strung, Gautama is calm, placid and phlegmatic. He is a diligent and industrious lawyer dedicated much to his profession than probing into the fanciful world of his wife. She embellishes and adorns the glory and beauty of the sensuous world with great diligence. Her excessive love of life with all its pleasure and rapture makes her delightful and fine. Her aesthetic appeal and ornamental tendency is inhospitable and unwelcoming to an empirical and feasible man Gautama. Her world is confined and restricted from external realities but Gautama is well reasoned, sound and intelligent man with a rational outlook to life.

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Linguistic Purism and Language Planning in a Multilingual Context | The Problems of Teaching/Learning Tenses | Language and Literature: An Exposition - Papers Presented in Karunya University International Seminar | Similes in Meghduta - The Absolute Craftsmanship in Language | Culture of the Tamil Society as Portrayed in Ponniyin Selvan | Deconstructing Human Society: An Appreciation of Amitav Ghosh's Sea Of Poppies | Enabling Students to Interpret Literary Texts Independently by Enhancing their Vocabulary | Coping with the Problems of Mixed Ability Students | Displaced Diasporic Identities - A Case Study of Mordecai Richler's The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz | English Language Teaching in Developing Countries Error Analysis and Remedial Teaching Methods - An Overview | Diaspora Literature - A Hybrid or a Hybridized Product? | Anita Desai's Journey To Ithaca - A Manifestation of Vedantic Knowledge | A Study on the Physiological, Psychological and Spiritual Perspectives of Different Selves in a Self with Special Reference to Yann Martel's SELF | Conveniences and Complexities of Computer-Aided Language Learning | The Danger Lurking Within: The African American Woman in Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye | Practices and Paradigms of Using Multimedia and Language Laboratory for Teaching Communication Skills to Technical Students | English: A Blessing in Disguise - A Study of Chinua Achebe's Technique of Hybridization | Language Teaching - The Present Day Challenges | Is Literature a Viable Medium for ESL Acquisition? | The Lord of The Rings : Galadriel, The Light Of Middle-Earth | Teaching Reading - A Challenge in Itself | The Silent Way | Translator as Reader: Phenomenology and Text Reception - An Investigation of Indulekha | The Dysfunctional Women in Mary Gordon'sThe Other Side | Utopia and Dystopia, Conflict Between Two Extremes - An Appraisal of Anita Desai's Cry, The Peacock | Reading 'god' Backwards | The Comic Vision in the Stories and Sketches of R.K.Narayan | My Responses to The English Teacher | 'Fall from Grace into Grief': Putting into Perspective the Outrages of Terrorism in Salman Rushdie's Shalimar the Clown | Style and Language in M. G. Vassanji's The Assassin's Song | Affirmation of Life in Lloyd C. Douglas' Magnificent Obsession | Effectiveness of Group Investigation Model and Simulation Model in Teaching English | A Mathematical Treatment of Feministic Literature for the Prediction of Social Trends | Multiple Intelligences and Second Language Learning | Amitav Ghosh's The Circle Of Reason - A Study of Diaspora | The Role of Multimedia in Teaching Writing in English | A PRINT VERSION OF ALL THE PAPERS OF JANUARY 2010 ISSUE IN BOOK FORMAT | HOME PAGE of January 2010 Issue | HOME PAGE | CONTACT EDITOR

V. Sunitha, M.A., M.Phil.
Sreenivasa Institute of Technology and Management Studies
Andhra Pradesh, India

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