Quest for Self-Identity in Namita Gokhaleâ€™s Paro: Dreams of Passion
This paper attempts to bring out the quest for self-identity in Namita Gokhale’s Paro: Dreams of passion. Quest for self-identity is one of the major themes of women writers. Quest means unquenchable thirst and desire to create something new. Self is related to the subject of experience phenomena like perceptions, emotions and thoughts. Each individual has a unique self in relation to their psyche, heritage, parentage, wishes and dreams. Everyone has an identity based on one’s character and profession. In the society, women lose their identity because of their family burden and secondary status. Namita Gokhale endeavours to construct woman as an individual free from traditional constraints and social codes. Their anguish and stress of female characters lead them towards exploration of self-identity. In Paro: Dreams of Passion, most of the characters search their self-identity to realise about their ability, inner desire and shortcomings. The protagonists’ search for self-identity is unfulfilled by their selection of wrong paths.
Quest, Self-identity, Secondary status, Journey, Self-awareness.