"The Barking" and "The Breast Giver" Comparison Essay by Nicky

"The Barking" and "The Breast Giver"
A comparative analysis of the female protagonists in Ingeborg Bachmann's "The Barking" and Mahasweta Devi's "The Breast Giver".
# 148248 | 1,257 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Oct 04, 2011 in Literature (World) , Literature (German)

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This paper compares the female protagonists in "The Barking" and "The Breast Giver" and highlights how these characters are placed in the stories as metaphors and symbols for the cultural divisions in their society. The paper demonstrates the large disparity between those from lower incomes vs. those living the life of wealth.

Critique of the Protagonists

From the Paper:

"A classic example of the cultural divide in post-colonial India is reflected in the actions of the son-in-law of the elite culture (the Haldar family is a microcosm). He runs over Jashoda's husband's feet and shins with an automobile. On page 226 Devi writes that the driver "...breathed relief as he saw that his Studebaker was not much damaged..." - and the upshot of his accident is that Jashoda is now forced to become a baby factory and to suckle dozens of babies."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bachmann, Ingeborg. "The Barking." In German Women Writers of the Twentieth Century,E. Herrmann & E. Spits, Eds. London: Pergamon Press, 1978, pp. 78-86.
  • Devi, Mahasweta. "Breast-Giver." In In Other Worlds: Essays in Cultural Politics, G. Spivak, Ed. New York & London: Metheum, 1987, pp. 222-240.
  • Fehervary, Helen. "Ingebord Bachmann: Her Part, Let It Survive." New German Critique,Issue 47 (1989): 53-58.
  • Herrmann, Elizabeth, and Spitz, Edna. German Women Writers of the Twentieth Century. London: Pergamon Press, 1978.
  • Lennox, Lara. Cemetery of the Murdered Daughters. Amherst & Boston: University ofMassachusetts Press, 2006.

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