Vol. 2, Issue 5 (2017)
Violence against women in R.K. Narayan’s ‘The Guide’
Abstract: Any act which violates commonly accepted social norms will be called violent. Violence occurs when some potentiality for good receives injury or when some-one suffers an indignity as a free being. Narayan in 'The Guide' grapples with a woman who is moresure of herself, more sure of her desires and the way of fulfilling them, of completing herself. She ceases to be quivering jelly of emotions that society had got accustomed to. When she introduces an element of volition, of choice, of thought, sex and imagination, she has to confront the male dominated cultural milieu which looks askance at the woman’s independence.