The Silenced Women in Ambai’s A Deer in The Forest

  • A.Thirumani Aarthilaxmi Research Scholar, Nadar Saraswathi College of Arts and Science, Theni.
Keywords: patriarchal, silence, womanhood, Male authority, tradition.


In twentieth century, there are three different types of woman. The first type who belongs that they were very silenced under rituals, superstitions and male domination. They suffer lot of problems in their life both in the society and as well as in house. The next were who identifies their self and individuals. These women were very friendly and affectionate towards human beings and also love nature. They also fight for their desire. The third type of women who were Empowerment is reflected through the conflict management skills of the characters and their ability to negotiate and deal with their conflicts. They come out with full strength and power with their desirable talents. Ambai’s work “A deer in the forest” deals with the social customs and norms framed and prescribed by man to woman crush the very spirit and desire of woman to live and force her to fight. The story  upholds the unmitigated spirit of Thangam, who faces life boldly as a woman. Thangam never attains puberty and hence becomes the object of much ridicule and scorn in the traditional patriarchal society which equals womanhood with motherhood.


Ambai. “Forest”. In a Forest a Deer.Ambai.Trans. Lakshmi Holstrom.
New Delhi: OUP, 2006. Print.