Bim- A Female Beyond the Average Indian Womanhood in Anita Desai’s Clear Light of Day

Arif Moin Uddin Khan


Bim (Bimala) is the protagonist of Anita Desai’s novel Clear Light of Day. Unlike the general Indian womenfolk, she is contemplative about her position and dares to fight against the traditional norms regarding females in Indian society. In doing so, she is not bothered about the consequences. Bim is highly sensitive and intelligent and endeavours to discover a relief from the sufferings created by the accepted notions of the society about women. In a sense, Bim is a feminist and somebody who surpasses the average Indian womanhood. This paper aims at examining the ways which make Bim a distinguished female character unmatched by most of her contemporaries in the society in which she lives.

Keywords: Traditional,  norms, Indian society, feminist and womanhood.

DOI: 10.7176/JLLL/56-03

Publication date:May 31st 2019

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