Female Self-objectification and Identity in Fiction “Before She Sleeps” by Bina Shah


  • Afshan Naseem MS Scholar, Department of English, University of Sialkot, Sialkot, Punjab, Pakistan.
  • Umme Laila Naqvi Lecturer, Department of English, University of Sialkot, Sialkot, Punjab, Pakistan.
  • Saman Safdar MS Scholar, Department of English, University of Sialkot, Sialkot, Punjab, Pakistan.




Female, Self-objectification, Fiction, Before She Sleeps, Bina Shah


This novel is about women's objectification and identity through the concept of polyandry. This research highlights these types of problems related to women that are increasing in society day by day. This article aims to illustrate Polyandry and pain in women. They do not have the choice to live their life freely. They are like scapegoats in a patriarchal society. Polyandry is an ancient Greek word that means many men. It is first practiced in India. This article is wrapped with the viewpoints of some writers such as Tiwari, Goldstein, and Peter. This article presents a clear picture of Green City. Though it looks like a prosperous city yet it is proved a hell for women. In this regard, women chose an underground place to live named Panah. They deal with forty clients in order to win bread and butter. Men use different types of techniques to tempt women, such as whisky and champagne, to fulfill their purposes. Women in Panah provide them intimacy in the shame of lullaby, not sex. So, the study explains traumatic realities and also the relationship between agonies and physical distortion concerning the women characters, along with the concept of polyandry, which affects the life of women.


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How to Cite

Naseem, A., Naqvi, U. L., & Safdar, S. (2023). Female Self-objectification and Identity in Fiction “Before She Sleeps” by Bina Shah. Journal of Social Sciences Review, 3(2), 842–852. https://doi.org/10.54183/jssr.v3i2.324