Society Versus the Desires of Women in Madame Bovary and Grihadaha: The Scandalous Woman Conundrum



Comparative literature, Feminism, Desires of Women, Gustav Flaubert, Sarat Chandra Chattopadhaya


This research paper attempts a comparative study between Sarat Chandra Chattopadhaya’s novel Grihadaha and Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. The exploration involves a comparative analysis of the dreams and desires of the female protagonists in relation to the social and cultural norms of the times in which the novels are set with an intention to evaluate how the respective societies treat these women. Initially, both texts were closely read and analyzed separately for better understanding. Then the texts were read comparatively to identify the similarities and the differences. The study led to the discovery that be it the conservative Bengali society or the comparatively lenient French society, the pursuit, and fulfillment of the dreams and desires of women are always restricted in favor of patriarchy. Men enjoy privileges that are not offered to women and societies are often inherently hypocritical and unjustifiable.


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Author Biographies

Mohsina Ahsan

Dr. Mohsina Ahsan got her PhD award on Postmethod pedagogy and ELT in Bangladesh from the Institute of Bangladesh Studies, University of Rajshahi in 2020. At present, she is working as an Assistant Professor in English, Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur. Her area of research interest has been critical theory, language pedagogy and education.

Naziba Saiyara

Naziba Saiyara has completed her MA in English with a First Class First position in September 2021. She published a fairytale book in her native language as a child author in 2001. She is currently working on a number of literary research papers. Naziba loves her family to the bits and aspires to work as a feminist humanitarian.



How to Cite

Ahsan, M. ., Saiyara , N. ., & Hasan, M. (2022). Society Versus the Desires of Women in Madame Bovary and Grihadaha: The Scandalous Woman Conundrum. International Journal of Language and Literary Studies, 4(1), 239–248.