Decrypting the Female Psyche in Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s The Palace of Illusions


  • Dipak Kumar Mandal Dept of English, Purulia, West Bengal


Keywords: Female Psyche, Chitra Banerjee, Draupadi, Panchaali


Psyche addresses most profound musings, perspectives and feelings in one’s life. As Alice H. Eagly opines, prominent psychologists may reinstate the belief that there is no significant segregation between male and female psyche, as they are clubbed within the umbrella of “human psyche”, still it is inevitable to differentiate the mechanisms of male and female minds, and the gender segregation especially with respect to literature. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni has successfully portrayed this distinction through her path breaking novel The Palace of Illusions, published in 2008 as it effectively captures the renowned tale of Mahabharata reinterpreted through the perspective of Draupadi or Panchaali, as the protagonist.



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