The purpose of this study is to discover a new identity for women. This study aims to examine a specific
text permeated by a consciousness of the general cultural suppression and exploitation in societies and cultures where
patriarchy subordinates' women prescribing images and roles for them and the consequent resistance and
regeneration on the part of women. The researcher selected Qaisra Shahraz's The Holy Woman, which shows the
subjugation of women in twenty-first-century Pakistan. This qualitative study makes an analysis of the female protagonist
in the light of existentialism's concept of authenticity and records how she resists, fights, and challenges exploitation
and social prescription of her identity with the result that she re-emerges spiritually and establishes her existential
rights as a free and independent human being. As exemplified through this text, the resistance and mobilization against
these dominant patriarchal ideologies endow the female protagonist with regeneration and spiritual uplift. Through the
discussion of the exploited but spiritually heightened character, the study concludes with a new image and identity for
women, exploring possibilities to break away from social prescription.
1-Romana Jabeen Bukhari Assistant Professor, Department of English, The Government Sadiq College Women University Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan.2-Muhammad Ahsan Lecturer, Department of English, Ghazi University Dera Ghazi Khan, Punjab, Pakistan.3-Fatima Khan Visiting Lecture, Department of English, Ghazi University Dera Ghazi Khan, Punjab, Pakistan.
Exploitation, Patriarchy, Identity, Social Prescription, Authenticity, Resistance, Existential Rights, Regeneration