Marriage In My Story

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Syrian Christians consider marriage a sacrament and a permanent bond. Marriages often take place among people of the same denomination. Inter-religious marriages and marriages between relatives up to seven generations are prohibited. In a Christian marriage the husband represents Christ and the wife represents the church. According to Susan Visvanathan this “dominantly male symbolism of Christianity” (106) is suggestive of the type of relationship between a husband and wife. Since the Syrian Christian family is patrilineal in nature, the sympathies of the parents lay with their sons and women are often given a paltry amount as dowry. The saddest thing is that the bride has no control over the money that she brings. The huge amount of money demanded by the bridegroom’s family and the obligation to provide the same for a daughter at marriage brings in lot of financial strain on her parents. Often the greedy husband pesters his wife to bring more from her natal family. Thus the word “prestation” (Visvanathan 111) has enormous significance in the Kerala…show more content…
In her novel, My Story, she explores and shares her experiences as a body which serves as the foundation of her sociological, psychological and even spiritual development. She realizes that she cannot live her life according to the cultural specificities laid down by the society. She revolts against the rigid gender divisions in a sexist culture perpetrated by a society ruled and governed by men which traps women in wifehood and motherhood and does not allow them any freedom for self-actualization. Marriage as an institution nauseates Das because it legitimizes violence on women and gives men a legal control over women’s bodies. Her stories like “Kurachumannu”, “Neipayasam”, “Koladu” and “Kuttikattile Nari” deal with women’s lives destroyed by their
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