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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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Cry, the Peacock

Email required Address never made public. Temperamentally there is no compatibility between Maya and Gautama.

She therefore, looks upon him as an antagonist and her psychic problem becomes an existential one. The married life of Maya and Gautama is mutually opposed. Return peacok Book Page. Also, the death of her pet dog starts a chain of reminiscence and reverie. The cries of birds evoke a sympathetic chord in her. In the fhe place, Maya has been deprived of the love of mother, brother, and later her father.

She has been shortlisted for dessai Booker prize three times. It is a communication that she seeks — the true marriage in which body, mind and soul unite — the sort which the peacock seeks when it shrieks out its inside in its shrill intense mating calls.

Notify me of new comments via email. This service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense dwsai with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. The excessive love Maya gets from her father makes her have a lop-sided view of life. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.


Kristina Silberstein rated it really liked it Apr 14, This is used to prevent bots and spam. Despite all the luxurious, the home still lacks the vital family spirit.

Her attempts to divert herself by visits to her friend Leila and Pom or Mrs. She says that she loves Gautama, rarely shows her love in deeds. See 1 question about Cry, the Peacock…. Gautama is a faithful husband who loves and cares her in his own way yet Maya never satisfied and happy. Then Peacoock skimmed some more and came to the ‘climax’ which was just as bor So boring and slow that it numbs one’s mind yhe puts one in a waking coma.

Whenever he comes he gets busy with his clients or discusses politics and philosophy which do not interest her.


The matrimonial bonds peacocm bind the two were very fragile and tenuous. Seeing her morbidity, her husband warns her of turning neurotic and blames her father for spoiling her. Maya has romantic love for the beautiful, the colorful and the sensuous but Gautama is not romantic and has no use for flowers. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.

I am in Love and I am dying. Trivia About Cry, the Peacock. 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.

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However, the element of companionship is sadly missing in the relationship between Maya and Gautama. This supports the Maven widget and search functionality. She is presented in the novel as a woman who longs for pleasures of life. Some articles have Google Maps embedded in them. I think I did well to not waste more than an hour of my time on this piece of horse poop. Then I skimmed some more and came to the ‘climax’ which was just as boring as the rest of the book.


Published June 1st by Orient first published Maya is full of life and wants to enjoy life to the utmost. How it is important to me. He has philosophical detachment towards life as preached in the Bhagwad Gita. Dec 13, Bhavesh rated it it was amazing. Her dark house appears to her like her tomb and she contemplates in it over the horror of all that is to come.

But being a busy man, he failed to meet her demands. I read this alongside Virginia Woolf’s novels. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites. Some articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. Eventually she ends up killing her husband and ends up in an asylum A thoroughly avoidable book. Savyata rated it liked it Jun 10, Anita Desai looks into the reasons for marital discord and illustrates how such discord affects the family.

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. The Albino astrologer had once told her that either she or her husband would die within four years of her marriage. But once they are gone, she finds the house empty and herself alone with her horrors and nightmares.