Anita Desai’s Cry the Peacock: A Manifesto of Female Predicament. Anita Sharma. Research Scholar. Department of English. Kurukshetra University. It is a story of a young girl named Maya who was surrounded by childhood prophecy of disaster. Maya is an extremely sensitive married girl. Cry, the Peacock, Desai’s first novel, is divided into three sections: a short introduction and conclusion in objective, third-person narrative, and a long subjective.

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pecock Agony, agony, the moral agony of their cry lover and for death. She feels the world to be a toy made especially for her, painted in her favorite colors and set moving according to her tunes. Mum’s old copy of this book and it seems obvious that it was subscribed to college lit majors- she had underlined every mention of the “drums” and the ominous “dancer”. Thr tendency continues after marriage and Gautama points out to her, that she never reads the newspaper or a book neither does she involve herself in any extra-curricular activity.

One usual day Gautama was much lost in his work, she asks him to accompany her to the roof of their house to enjoy cool air.

I am in need of one. Then I skimmed some more and came to the ‘climax’ which was just as bor So boring and slow that it numbs one’s mind and puts one in a waking coma. Seeing her morbidity, her husband warns her of turning neurotic and blames her father for spoiling her.

Cry, the Peacock

In the first place, Maya has been deprived of the love of mother, brother, and later her father. When she asks him to accompany her to the roof of the house to enjoy cool air, he accompanies her, lost in his own thoughts. He is realistic and rational. Aabha sharma rated it really liked it Jun 29, Passing out of the room, Maya catches sight of bronze Shiva dancing and prays to the Lord of Dance to protect them.

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Shifna rated it liked it May 31, Climbing the stairs she finds her cat suddenly speeding past them in a state of great alarm. Jun 23, Taranum rated it it was ok. Climbing the stairs she finds her cat suddenly speeding past them in a state of great alarm. Gautama, on the other hand, is a philosophical intellectual. After her marriage, she expected the same from her husband who also was a lawyer.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here I heard their thirst and they gazed at the rain clouds, their passion as they hunted for their mates. But such a fulfillment is denied to Maya. I am in Love and I am dying. She says that she loves Gautama, rarely shows her love in deeds.

This is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Gradually by the suppression and the isolation she earned the murderous intent. To her, sexual satisfaction is a necessity and the total denial of it may give mental disturbance.

Wnita feels helpless and she needs someone to offer her protection and consolation. This is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. Her attempts to divert herself by visits to her friend Leila and Pom or Mrs. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Some articles have Google Maps embedded in them.


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Dr Anupma Srivastava more. Then she decides to kill him. She thus transfers her death wish to Gautama and thinks that as he is detached and indifferent to life, it will not matter for him if he misses life. But being a busy man, he failed to meet her demands. I am in a need of one. Maya is creature of instincts or a wayward and high stung child. How I want to love. Anita Desai looks into the reasons for marital discord and illustrates how such discord affects the family.

He agreed and accompanied her to the roof lost in his own thoughts. And four years it is now.

Temperamentally there is no compatibility between Maya and Gautama.