Shashi Deshpande’s protagonist, Jaya, is full of resentments of the past and the possibilities of a better life. That Long Silence reflects on the social structures and roles that keep women silent in subservient positions. Jaya’s earlier marriage with Mohan, marital frustrations and disappointments, and her personal failure begin to surface. Jaya decides that she can no longer be a passive, silent partner in her marriage. In That Long Silence, Shashi Deshpande crafts a portrait of a woman trying to break free of the constraints of her life.