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Hindu goddesses are traditionally conceived to be strong figureseven indomitable ones By comparing his female characters to these goddesses Rushdie attributes them with a force of characterHe perceives India as a matriarchy where maternal power energy and love is the means to social cohesion Jennifer Takhar Durga the washerwoman who had nursed Saleems son in his sickness is an important figure in Saleems life As we understand from the description of her pg445 she is a powerful woman who is an opposite image of the docile Indian woman She may be representing the power that is repressed in these women Saleem fears her as she symbolizes the hope that he has lost Her name even before I met her had the smell of new things she represented novelty beginnings the advent of new stories events complexities and I was no longer interested in anything new pg445 She is again the one who foretold Saleems death So these kind of women as witches inspired fear in Saleem Like Durga Parvati-the-witch who is Shivas wife is another important figure She causes in creating their child which is necessary for the continuation Mother was seen as a nation There is parallelism between continuity of nation through having children Women have roles in productivity that is why they are important Parvati acts as somebody restoring order She helps Saleem return to Delhi by using her magic basket making him invisible Parvati reminded Saleem of things he had tried to put out of his mind pg389 So we can say that she influenced Saleem as other women as being representator of a nation When we come to other women in Saleems life for example Mary Pereira She is the one who gives birth to Saleem she creates him in both biological sense and metaphorical sense She changes the babies and at the same time fates Out of guilt she attaches her whole destiny to Saleems life by becoming his caretakerShe
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