MYTHS RETOLD IN GITHA HARIHARAN'S THE THOUSAND FACES OF NIGHT
Githa Hariharan's first Commonwealth Award winning novel The Thousand Faces of Night is read as a revision of myth-making novel in which the novelist attempts to renew the whole community of women through representation of myths. India is one of the most ancient countries with rich heritage and traditional values. The present study endeavors to scrutinize the role, myth plays on Devi and Sita and how the narration of myths and stories changes whenever they are narrated and passed on from one generation to another. The novel is not only the story of Devi, but also that of Sita, her mother, and the old woman, Mayamma, which are interlinked with myth and stories narrated by Devi's grandmother and her father in law. Within the frame work of her own life story, they rewrite these stories, observe and hear strategies of women which help them to learn themselves that survival is the highest ideal in a struggle filled life of women.
Scrutinize, Sacrifice, Fling, Adulthood.