LANGUAGE IN INDIA

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Volume 18:7 July 2018
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Resuscitation of Identity in Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillaiís
Scavengerís Son

P. Kalaivelmani, Ph.D. Research Scholar



Abstract

The paper aims at an investigation of the novel Scavengerís Son by Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai, by focusing on the theme of Identity. This paper also explains the key concepts of Intra diaspora through The Enemy System theory, which deals with group behavioural pattern, deep rooted psychological need to dichotomise and to establish enemies and allies and behavioural traits. Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai structured the novel in both positive and negative aspects of Identity. Even though Scavengerís Son is judged as a socio-political document, identity plays a pivotal role. The novel covers the story of three generations of scavengers. Ishukkumuthu served as a scavenger in Alleppy municipal town for thirty years without earning anything; then comes the death of his wife leaving him and his only son alone. He half-heartedly wants his son to continue his work. Chudalamuthu takes up his fatherís work willy-nilly. He is the principal character, who fights for his individual identity. Though he fails in his attempt to move up the social scale, he wants to make his son Mohan someone other than a scavenger. The paper tries to answer the question why the equitable revolution has failed because of revitalizing an individual identity and posteriorly it succeeds when the personal idea is transformed into a collective idea.

Keywords: Intra Diaspora-Behavioural Pattern, Behavioural Traits, Scavengerís Son, Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai, Individual Identity

Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillai and Scavengerís Son

Thakazhi Sivasankara Pillaiís Scavengerís Son came out in1947, the year of Indiaís independence, as a great literary revolution. Thakazhi wrote this novel when he was thirty-three, the age of mature youthfulness and unfulfilled social dreams and idealism in a manís life. The sources of incidents in this novel are the unforgettable experiences of his life. He imbibed his attitude of compassion to the downtrodden from his own experience in the municipal wards of Alleppey. The novel tells the story of three generations though the novel is short; it has the time span of saga. The story starts with the last days of Ishukkumuthu, Chudalamuthuís father and it ends with the death of Mohan, Chudalamuthuís son, by police-firing.


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P. Kalaivelmani
Ph.D. Research Scholar
Department of English
Govt. Arts College, Salem Ė 636007
Tamilnadu
India.
smart.kalai.88@gmail.com


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