International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Transformation of the Protagonist in Margaret Atwood’s Lady Oracle
Vijeta Gautam, Dr. Jyotsna Sinha

This paper focuses on the protagonist, Joan’s relationship with her mother and its influence on her psychological development. She acquires a surfeit of fictional identities, one completely different from other. Joan's development through self-splitting, enactment of multiple roles to finally performing a ritual of death and rebirth denotes her escape into fantasies, and then her gradual realization of the stereotypes imposed on her. Moreover, it is through creative activities that a genuine understanding of the constraints both mother and daughter share is achieved and Joan herself is empowered to reject some of the stereotypes. Lady Oracle recalls the multiple voices from mothers, daughters, and female artists since the second wave feminism and expects the growth of female artists in Atwood's later novels.

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