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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Maya seems to be innocent and extremely sensitive. She is capable of empathy which enables her to experience what the peacock and peahen are experiencing but this makes her feel all the more intensely that though there is an emotional arousal, there is no physical fulfillment which is the cause of her agony. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature.

She is presented in the novel as a woman who longs for pleasures of life. Climbing the stairs she finds her cat suddenly speeding past them in a state of great alarm. Bhoomika Patel rated it really liked it Anitaa 29, Maya has romantic love for the beautiful, the colorful and the sensuous but Gautama is ghe romantic and has no use for flowers.

Maya is creature of instincts or a wayward and high stung child. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This is feature allows you to search the site. See 1 question about Cry, the Peacock….


The anxiety caused by this prophecy had diminished her happiness. She is interested in all the good things of life — nature, birds and animals, poetry and dance. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. The two are often compared, and I highly suggest reading them together. But such a fulfillment is denied to Maya. She thought that she is neglected by Gautama. Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account. This is surprising that from the written word, I carry an image of a “sound”, that is the peacock’s shriek.

She feels the absence of her husband in the house for long hours. The solitude and silence of the house prey upon Maya. The obscure vocabulary also feels forced and superfluous. This pampering drsai Maya and makes her crave for attention all the time. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! In an interval of sanity, an idea struck her that since the astrologer predicted death to either of them, it may be Gautama not she whose life vesai threatened.

Dance and dinner cause her headache.

Tye was alone at home with only her father who was a lawyer with her after the death of her mother and her brother having gone to America to carve his own independent destiny. I loved the theme.

It is a communication that she seeks — the true marriage in which body, mind and soul unite — the sort which the peacock seeks when it shrieks out its inside in its shrill intense mating calls. For Maya it is only a push, for Gautama it is death. Then she leacock to cesai him. Sreelekshmi S Pillai rated it it was amazing Feb 16, Her attempts to divert herself by visits to her friend Leila and Pom or Mrs.


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She is longing for the companionship like that of Radha and Krishna. How I want to love.

Gautama, on the other hand, is a philosophical intellectual. This site uses cookies.

Her dark house appeared like a tomb to her. You are commenting using your Twitter account.

Mum’s old copy of this book and it seems obvious that it was subscribed to college lit majors- she had underlined every mention of the anuta and the ominous “dancer”. This is an ad network.

‘Cry, the Peacock’ by Anita Desai

Maya suffers from headaches and experiences rages of rebellion and terror. Marital relationships are established with the explicit purpose of providing companionship to each other.

She loses herself in the enjoyment of beautiful sights and sounds. I read this alongside Virginia Woolf’s novels. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Passing out of the room, Maya catches sight of bronze Shiva dancing and prays to the Lord of Dance rcy protect them. Email required Address never made public. Emily rated it it was ok Apr 05, Trivia About Cry, the Peacock.

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