The Struggle of Women, Social Realities and Psychological Approach in Ann Petry’s the Street and the Narrows
P. Suresh1, D. Angeline Jeba2

1Dr. P. Suresh, Research Supervisor & Associate Professor, Department of English, Vels Institute of Science, Technology & Advanced Studies Vels University, Chennai (Tamil Nadu), India.
2D. Angeline Jeba, Ph.D Scholar, Department of English, Vels Institute of Science, Technology & Advanced Studies Vels University, Chennai (Tamil Nadu), India.
Manuscript received on 12 February 2019 | Revised Manuscript received on 08 April 2019 | Manuscript Published on 28 April 2019 | PP: 229-234 | Volume-7 Issue-5C February 2019 | Retrieval Number: E10540275C19/19©BEIESP
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Abstract: This paper focuses on the investigation of Ann Petry’s two fictions The Street and The Narrows. It investigates the struggle of African American women, social realities, Harlem, the defeat of women, African American culture and Triple Oppression. It asks into sexual orientation, segregation, personality and circumstance of ladies in the public arena the situation of African American and self – acknowledgement or self-arousing through the procedure of colonization, African American culture conveyed to America by the slaves. Actually, African Americans are abused and smothered in various angles. This paper is an examination of the manners by which the protagonists of these novels justify the struggles, concealment and suppression they suffered from horrible conditions under which African live. This is an endeavour to investigate from various points of view the mission for the characters Lutie Johnson (The Street) and Abbie Crunch (The Narrows). The protagonist’s involvement in picking up the normal womanhood has various dubious complexities. These fictions particularly explored the black female struggle from a feminist perspective. This paper is an analysis of African American feminism, racial discrimination against blacks, gender disparities, sexism and dominance expressed by both white people and people from their own community. It inquires suppressed life of black women in society in the form of different aspects. The goal of this paper is to break down the sufferings of Africans and their persecuted life. Also, this paper demonstrates how the difficulties looked by the protagonists and how their life ends up outside in the general public and their partition from self-acknowledgement in the general public.
Keywords: African American Feminism, Harlem, Triple Oppression, Gender and Social Disparities and Psychological Approach.
Scope of the Article: Social Sciences