Nora and Girija – The Real Face of Twentieth Century Women

Mrs. M. Cinduja Kohilavani
Assistant Professor,
KG College of Arts and Science, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
Volume 6, Issue 1, December 2017, Pages: 79-82
ISSN: 2320-2645, UGC Approved Journal No. 44248, Impact Factor: 3.125


A mind of woman is almost compared to depth of ocean. It has got more secrets, valuable treasures and dangerous trap too. Residing in the male dominated world, the protagonist Nora in Ibsen’s
The Doll House’ and Girija in ‘Lamps in Whirlpool’ by Rajam Krishnan have to face their same social pressure. Even though they belonged to two different continents, they both share the universal pain of womenfolk in all over the world. They both pose the real face of twentieth century women. They broke the chain of slavery which was adorned as ornaments by the society. This paper is an analysis of Nora and Girija and how they can be examples for Jung’s Archetypal characters. In literature, an archetype is atypical character, an action or a situation that seems to represent such universal pattern of human nature.


Archetypal characters, male domination, collective unconscious, real face