Bharati Mukherjee’s jasmine: A quest for self-identity
Author(s): Neetu Kumari
Abstract: The aim of this research paper is to portray the traumatic experience and cultural dilemmas occurs between the first and second generation immigrants which shows the depth analysis of women consciousness, self-contemplation and their experiences of being immigrant among the male dominated society in Jasmine (1989), written by Bharati Mukherjee. The novel is set in the present about a young woman, named as Jasmine, settled in United States who, trying every bit to adjust to the American way of life. In order to survive in the new adopted region, she changes her identities many times. In a quest for her self-individuality on a foreign land, Jasmine is made as immigrant personality due to the state of exile, the pain of separation, a sense of loss and perplexity. The protagonist of this novel, Jasmine, goes through various identity changes during her life’s journey in America, from Jyoti to Jasmine to Jane and many times she experiences a deep sense of antagonism arising in a fluid state of identity. The novel ‘Jasmine’ focuses on the theme for the search of individuality on a foreign land. The chief concern of the protagonist ‘Jasmine’ is a quest for self-identity in this novel. It is transparently portrayed by Bharati Mukherjee.