Representation of Social Problems in Foe


  • Anuradha Markandeshwar University, Sadopur Ambala


Literature, social equity, patriarchal culture


Literature is a beautiful art through which a writer can recreate the conscience as well as beliefs of
an era. It shows happiness, unhappiness, hardships, fantasies, aspirations, cruelties, as well as
dreams of humanity. The present research work aims at to provide an overview of representation of
social equity and social understanding in J.M. Coetzee's Foe. Position of women in the society is a
major social issue which Coetzee has tried to reflect through his prominent female castaway Susan
Barton in Foe. Coetzee's Foe is a narrative of present society which shows the sensitivities and
complications of the modern era. Foe, a retelling of Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, is a rich piece
of fiction which marked a transitional stage for Coetzee. The present paper has attempted to
demonstrate how woman is affected and manipulated by the dominant patriarchal culture. Male
authority is challenged and woman succeeds to liberate herself from the power system which has
silenced her throughout history. In twenty first century women are emerging in the society fighting
against their suffering and trying to compete with their male counterparts. This is resulting in their
success in all spheres of life. They are rebelling against the injustice done not only to them but to
the other weaker section of society.

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Anuradha. (2016). Representation of Social Problems in Foe. BRICS JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH, 6(4), 249-250. Retrieved from