Anita Desai’s Cry the Peacock: A Manifesto of Female Predicament. Anita Sharma. Research Scholar. Department of English. Kurukshetra University. It is a story of a young girl named Maya who was surrounded by childhood prophecy of disaster. Maya is an extremely sensitive married girl. Cry, the Peacock, Desai’s first novel, is divided into three sections: a short introduction and conclusion in objective, third-person narrative, and a long subjective.

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Thinking of her unhappy marriage, Maya reflects with deep concern: Maya pushes Gautama off the parapet of their house. It was now to be either Gautama or she.

Cry, the Peacock

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Lack of desa was the chief cause of intricacies in the life of Maya deai Gautama. She therefore, looks upon him as an antagonist and her psychic problem becomes an existential one. Maya is creature of instincts or a wayward and high stung child.

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The loving attention of her father makes Maya oblivious of the deadly shadow, but as her husband fails to satisfy her intense longing for love and life, she is left to the solitude and silence of the house which dedai upon her.

She says that she loves Gautama, rarely shows her love in deeds. Gopi Ganesan rated it really liked it May 06, It is a story of a young girl named Maya who was surrounded by childhood prophecy of disaster. Seeing her morbidity, her husband warns her of her turning neurotic and blames her father for spoiling her. The cry of peacock is the cry of the natural instinct of a woman who is unfulfilled. Dr Anupma Srivastava more.

Maya is full of life and wants to enjoy life to the utmost. Do you believe in prophecy or prediction? It shows her sensitiveness. Jan cesai, Aamil Syed wnita it did not like it Shelves: She knew she was going insane.

He is realistic and rational. Gradually by the suppression and the isolation she earned the murderous intent. The ultra-modern sense of enjoying the life becomes a threat. Aabha sharma rated it really liked it Jun 29, When she gets married and comes with her husband she is unable to adjust hhe what she considers cold peacocck by her husband.

It is that — my loneliness in this house.

I read this alongside Virginia Woolf’s novels. The matrimonial bonds that bind the two were very fragile and tenuous.

Cry, the Peacock is the story of a young girl, Maya, obsessed by a childhood prophecy of disaster. She knows that she is haunted by a black and evil shadow, her fate and the time has come.

Cry, the Peacock by Anita Desai

Maya has romantic love for the beautiful, the colorful and the sensuous but Gautama is not romantic and has no use for flowers. Savyata rated it liked it Jun 10, The cries of birds evoke a sympathetic chord in her. The anxiety caused by this prophecy had diminished her happiness. This service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with Drsai, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. Jyotsna Habibullah rated it really liked it Feb 10, Her attempts to divert herself by visits to her friend Leila and Pom or Mrs.


Maya does not grow up mentally which results in suffering.

A Psychological Study of Anita Desai’s “Cry, the Peacock”

I am in a need of one. While Maya is longing for love and affection, her husband Gautama is incapable of understanding her genuine feelings and emotions. To view it, click here.

The novel portrays the inner emotional world of Maya who is the victim of city life. This novel presents an impression of the marital incoherence and encountered conjugal life. Jul dewai, Mikayla Peters rated it liked it. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. This is used to detect comment spam. God, let me sleep, forget, rest.

As she moves towards insanity, she sees the ahita of rats, snakes, lizards and iguanas creeping over her, slipping their club-like tongues in and out.