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Volume 10 : 5 May 2010
ISSN 1930-2940

Managing Editor: M. S. Thirumalai, Ph.D.
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Claustrophobia in Anita Desai's Cry, The Peacock -
"From Defeat to Disaster"

Deepti Chauhan, M.A., Ph.D.


Claustrophobia is from the Latin word claustrum which means "shut in place." In Phobias: A Handbook of Theory, it is defined as: "It is the fear of having no escape, and being enclosed in. It is typically classified as an anxiety disorder and often results in panic attacks."

Obviously, it is an irrational thought. The mind makes a connection that small spaces equal danger, the body follows mind's cue. Resultantly, a person floods with physical symptoms of anxiety - leads to the irrational fear about a certain situation. As it is triggered by a certain situation, it can also be termed as 'situational phobia'.

A person suffering from this condition responds in certain ways: sweating, accelerated heart beat, nausea, hyperventilation and most importantly - a fear of acute imminent physical harm. The cause for this is either rooted in bad childhood experience or, as Lisa Fretscher (2009) describes, it may be due to "warping of an evolutionary survival mechanism."

Claustrophobia - Neurosis in Anita Deasi's Novels

Anita Desai's novels can be examined as the manifesto of female anxieties, woes, sufferings and panic. She remains more concerned with sensations, thoughts and emotions. Her characters are not types but they are individuals. According to N. Sharada Iyer, her characters are solitary beings - "who have retreated or driven into some extremity of despair, and so turned against or made to stand against the general current of life."(258) Moreover, Gajendra Kumar defines: "Desai's themes, characterization and images deal with confinement and lack of freedom." (3) This leads the character towards cabin fever and ultimately towards obsession neurosis which we can depict from her maiden novel Cry, The Peacock.

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Deepti Chauhan, M.A., Ph.D.
Department of Humanities
Department of Humanities
Global Research Institute of Management & Technology
Yamuna Nagar
Haryana, India

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