Author(s)

Lovely KoshyFollow

Department

English and Modern Languages

Degree

Master of Arts (MA)

Chair

Yaw Adu-Gyamfi

Primary Subject Area

Literature, Asian; Literature, Comparative; Literature, General; Literature, Modern; Black Studies

Disciplines

African American Studies | Comparative Literature | English Language and Literature | Literature in English, North America, Ethnic and Cultural Minority | Modern Literature

Abstract

This thesis focuses on women in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun and Rabindranath Tagore's three short stories. Hansberry writes during a period in America when racism, segregation, and black migration to the North weighed heavy upon the psyche of black women. Tagore writes during a time when British control, sati system, caste system, and dharma leave Indian women voiceless. Both express their disagreement with entrenched norms and institutions that have been in place for hundreds of years, a task that initially may seem to be an impossible undertaking, and unlikely to bring about expected change. This work reveals that a woman of low-caste Indian society can fight against dharma and subjugation and win, that an old, retired black woman equipped with her Christian faith can fight against segregation and racism and win.