Anita Desai’s Cry the Peacock: A Manifesto of Female Predicament. Anita Sharma. Research Scholar. Department of English. Kurukshetra University. It is a story of a young girl named Maya who was surrounded by childhood prophecy of disaster. Maya is an extremely sensitive married girl. Cry, the Peacock, Desai’s first novel, is divided into three sections: a short introduction and conclusion in objective, third-person narrative, and a long subjective.

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Anita Desai was born in Though she is fond of possessing books by Tagore, Keats, Shelley, she hardly ever reads them.

Maya has romantic love for the beautiful, the colorful and cesai sensuous; Gautama is not romantic and has no use for flowers. But once they are gone she finds herself alone with her horrors and nightmares. He has philosophical detachment towards life as preached in the Bhagwad Gita.

A Psychological Study of Anita Desai’s “Cry, the Peacock”

Agony, agony, the moral agony of their cry lover and for death. The matrimonial bonds that bind the two were very fragile and tenuous. It was now to be either Gautama or she. God, let me sleep, forget, rest. Jul 20, Mikayla Peters rated it liked it.

This novel presents an impression of the marital incoherence and encountered conjugal life. We may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.


Jun 23, Taranum rated it it was ok. No other writer is so much concerned with the life of young crry and women in India cities as Anita Desai. It was broken repeatedly, and repeatedly the pieces were picked up and put together again, as of a sacred icon with which, out of the pettiest superstition, we could not bear to part.

Books by Anita Desai. Aneri Arya rated it really liked it Dec 27, Her attempts to divert tne by visits to her friend Leila and Pom or Mrs. Maya has romantic love for the beautiful, the colorful and the sensuous but Leacock is not romantic and has no use for flowers. This is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center.

The ultra-modern sense of enjoying the life becomes a threat.

Cry, the Peacock

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Seeing her morbidity, her husband warns her of turning neurotic and blames her father for spoiling her. The cries of birds evoke a sympathetic chord in her. She kills Gautama, but his death fails to leave any sense of tragedy or pathos.

Cry, the Peacock by Anita Desai

I think I did well to not waste more than an hour of my time on this piece of horse poop. Lack of communion was the chief cause of intricacies in the life of Maya and Gautama. The book is about a lady who has been brought up by a doting father without being exposed to desa realities of life.


Jyotsna Habibullah rated it really liked it Feb 10, Thanks for telling us about the problem. This pampering spoils Maya and makes her crave for attention all the time.

I read this alongside Virginia Woolf’s novels. Also, the death of her pet dog starts a chain of reminiscence and reverie.

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Dance and dinner cause her headache. Her dark house appeared like a tomb to her. HubPages and Hubbers authors may earn revenue on this page based on affiliate relationships and advertisements with partners including Amazon, Google, and others. There is no rest anymore — only death and waiting. Maya suffers from headaches and experiences rages of rebellion and terror.

He is realistic and rational. As she moves towards insanity, she sees the visions of rats, snakes, lizards and iguanas creeping over her, slipping their club-like tongues in and out.

The loving attention of her father makes Maya oblivious of the deadly shadow; but as her husband Gautama fails to satisfy her intense longing for love and life, she is left peafock the solitude and silence of the house which prey upon her. It is that — my loneliness in this house.