International Journal of English Literature and Culture

International Journal of English Literature and Culture

Vol. 3(2), pp. 23-26,  February, 2015

 ISSN: 2360-7831

DOI: 10.14662/IJELC2014.078

Review Paper

Where there’s a Will - An Exorcism of the Patriarchal Code


Roomiya Manzoor1, Mohsin Manzoor1, Burhan M. Padder2, Meenaza Manzoor1 and Vinita Singh Choudhary1


1Barkatullah University Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh India 462026.

2University of Kashmir, Hazratbal Srinagar Jammu and Kashmir, India 190006.


Accepted 23 January 2015



Mahesh Dattani is the pioneering playwrights of Indian English Literature. He is born on August 7, 1958 in city of Bangalore. Dattani is internationally acclaimed as the most outstanding playwright of recent times. He is the first Indian dramatist to be awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award for his contribution to Indian English Literature. He is one of the few dramatists who write their plays orginally in English. His plays are dramatic reflections on the concerns and constriants of the commoners. He writes about the society and surroundings in which he lives. In this way his dramatic art is the faithful and authentic expression of his first hand experience and knowledge of socio-cultural environment. Mahesh Dattani is considered as a 'change element' in the contemporary framework of Indian English theatre. So, it is improper to call him sequel to anybody or consider him component of a continuum- the ongoing journey of Indian theatre. Dattani dramatizes the social realism in a very comical and satirical way. It is replete with laughter and mirth. The tone of sarcasm and humour runs throughout his play. Dattani's creative genius handles sobriety and humour successfully side by side. The familial interaction is often comical and satirical. Dattani made this play both funny and philosophical. He mingles them in a very innovative and meaningful way.

Keywords: Patriarchal code, Philosophical reflections, Satire, Sarcasm, Social consciousness


Cite This Article As:  Manzoor R, Manzoor M, Padder BM, Manzoor M, Vinita SC (2015). Where there’s a Will - An Exorcism of the Patriarchal Code. Inter. J. Eng. Lit. Cult. 3(2): 23-26



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