Negotiating Ethnicity and Gender Identity in Anisul Hoque’s Freedom’s Mother and Monica Ali’s BrickLane
Mahaboob Basha1, Anil PremRaj2
1Mahaboob Basha, Ph.D Scholar, Department of English Studies, VIT University, Vellore (Tamil Nadu), India.
2Dr. Anil PremRaj, Senior Assistant Professor, Department of English Studies, VIT University, Vellore (Tamil Nadu), India.
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Abstract: Bangladesh has gone under many changes during and after its independence periods. The major one empowering the people of Bangladesh for its freedom from Pakistan. In the process of achieving the freedom, many people lost their lives and many remained without shelter. All these heartbreaking stories are vivid in the land of Bangladesh but a few stories of such pitiable stories are known to us. One among such stories is Anisul Hoque’s The Freedom’s Mother (2012). In fact, many of Dhaka’s freedom fighters knew that martyr Azad’s mother wasn’t her only Identity; she herself was a fearless warrior, who had not only offered her son to the nation’s freedom struggle but had ruggedly fought her own battles till the very end. And she never succumbed, never bowed down. Similarly, Monika Ali’s Brick Lane (2004), a novel tries to bring in the changes that the freedom after Independence in Bangladesh has paved the for moving towards to the modernity. Modernity becomes the subject to its own hieratical imperative exposed to the acknowledgment of inopportune facts exacerbated risks and threats. This critical condition constitutes a consequence of the development of modernity alone represents an effect of the resistance, regeneration or reconstruction of traditional forms of life. In the novel Brick Lane people migrated from Bangladesh to London Tower Hamlet i.e. are of Brick Lane. They try to create a new identity by building a knot between two cultures. Nazneen quests her independent identity whereas Chanu her husband was trapped between two cultures having a colonial background he believes and faces racial discrimination.
Keywords: Diaspora, Ethnicity, Gender, Identity, Migration, and Partition.
Scope of the Article: Social Sciences