Like Ogunyemi, who wrote that household roles both subjugated and empowered Nigerian women, JhumpaLahiri manifests a curious way of attributing power to the women in her fiction. By placing her female characters in traditional roles such as nearly silent, often jobless housewives and/or mothers Lahiri displays, through the inner monologue and narrative of her female characters, their impact on other characters? consciousnesses, and their communal bonding in short, their great power. These women use their constant re-evaluation of cross-cultural, Indian-American mores, often developed by implementing maternity, to improve their lives and the lives of those around them. In short, despite situating her female characters as outwardly powerless in Western society, Lahiri reveals their inner adaptability yet not over-assimilatory nature. Such was the case with Ashima and Gogol.
S Sindhu "Lahiri's Womanist Maternity In Unaccustomed Earth" Iconic Research And Engineering Journals Volume 1 Issue 3 2017 Page 24-25
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