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A deconstructive study of the ambivalent representation of characters in V.S. Naipaul’s ‘The Maternal Instinct’

Abstract

The present article studied V.S Naipaul’s illustration of the ambivalent representation of characters in ‘The Maternal Instinct’ and examines the grounds on which the oppositions are formed. The article concentrated on the way ambivalence provides Naipaul’s characters a situation in which they escape from stereotypical label attached to them. Drawing on Derrida’s definition of deconstruction along with Bhabha’s ambivalence, the writer attempts to display how binary oppositions can be partially undermined or can be appeared partially to weaken each other in the operation of textual meaning. In colonial societies, women are subjected to unfair treatment by colonial and also patriarchal domination. In this study, the traditional hierarchical system that gives male privileged priority and makes female dependent is questioned by the female character of ‘The Maternal Instinct’.

Keywords

Ambivalence; Binary opposition; Colonialism; Deconstruction; Patriarchy.

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