the essentialist link of nature and women and culture

In Othappu, Sarah Joseph illustrates the aspect of family’s property and job deprivation. Though Margalitha’s family was well-educated, it offers a woman a marginalized role and reinforces hegemonic patriarchal ideology. The author says:

“The Channere sons, however, believed that women working outside the house lowered the prestige of the family….(Joseph, 53)”.

Margalitha does not desire material wealth. She violates the closed religious order considering her living as impossible. The former nun’s distressed condition has not moved the members of her family. Therefore, to live her life within the marginalized society, she seeks a job of a teacher at Vidyaposhini L.P School owned by her father. However, her money minded brother denies her the post of a teacher with the aspiration of getting reasonable rates for the vacant position. In the property of the family, she is not allocated her rightful share. The concern of her brothers is not granting her a portion of the property but rather on her intolerable practice of quitting the convent. Even Margalitha’s mother has secretly written a will and included a portion of land for her but on condition that she marries an elderly advocate Chiramel and abandon the unlawful, Karikkan. Regardless of the rich or poor families, women struggle to obtain a rightful portion of inheritance. Margalitha’s right to property is snatched away from her within the patriarchal family as she enlisted for the religious order, thus as the woman, she becomes subdued. Sarah Joseph with the consciousness of a woman contends on the controversial situations of female protagonists as the earners of wages. Economic limitations from dominant male authority trigger confusions