The Voice of Protest: Burning Issues in Dina Mehta's Brides Are Not for Burning

Devika, S.
February 2012
Journal of Literature & Art Studies;Feb2012, Vol. 2 Issue 2, p302
Academic Journal
Of all arts forms, protest finds its most vocal, powerful, and effective expression in drama. In the Indian context, many women dramatists delineate and decry in their plays the crimes perpetrated against women in the name of tradition and culture in a male-dominated society. Dina Mehta is an accomplished Indian writer in English who raises her voice in protest against a host of crimes against women such as the evil of dowry, female foeticide, rape, child abuse, subjugation of women, and so on. In her plays she dramatises real life incidents to bring to light these social issues. This paper attempts to study the dynamics of protest that the tragic spectacle of abuse and cruelty towards women evoke in Dina Mehta's play Brides Are Not for Burning (1993).


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