Shamsie, in Broken
Verses, has represented love as strength and as weakness for women. Shamsie
believes that every women need someone’s affiliation, who satisfy her sexual
desires. In Broken Verses, Shamsie
represents two roles of love in women’s life. One, in the case of Aasmani and
Ed, who starts to feel a sort of attraction to each other as they enjoys each
other’s company. Second, in the case of Samina and the poet, are involved in an
unconventional relationship. They both are activist and their purposes are
same, one is targeting the politicians by writing a poems and other criticize
government’s acts by organizing rallies and through speeches. So their
involvement in unconventional love affair is obvious. The poet praises her
beauty and writes poems in which he gave her so many titles like ‘Pakistan’s
Gypsy Feminist’ and address her as Laila “It helped that the poems placed
her on such a high pedestal that it was possible to ignore the sexualized
imagery and believe the was the possibility of ever winning the love of this
young, beautiful creature that fuelled the poet to write about her” (Broken Verses 88). He also states
“I write Laila for you. Not the most unconventional wooing poem ever
written, but you know it meant I was going insane with missing you” (Broken Verses 114). They are working for
same causes, but their affair is not acceptable by society because she has
already married to Akram. These lines signifies the intimacy between these two
“He step aside, and then i see you: your pregnancy still invisible to
everyone including him, but to someone who knows your body as well as I do it
is instantly obvious” (Broken Verses
114). On the other hand, Samina is too serious in her unconventional love
affair that she is more loyal to the poet rather than her husband. Samina’s
loyalty can be better judged by the lines “She always respected the
privacy of his work, never read anything until he asked her to” (Broken Verses 104). She sacrifices her
ten years old daughter and divorced her husband to be with her when hears the
new of the poet’s release from the prison and she wants to rush towards him by
breaking social barriers “you yearn for his release so you can be with him
– you fear that might never happen – but then he released and further away from
you” (Broken Verses 93). Love,
in the case of Samina and the poet, serves as a strength to stand against the
oppressive regime, but in the case of Aasmani and Ed, it shows the weaken side
of the women. Ed’s character symbolically represents the patriarchal nature of
society. First, he manipulates the poet’s letter to keep her close, and
secondly, he is trying to take advantage of her while she discusses about those
letters “I felt his hand brush my cheek. ‘what can I do?’ I shook my head,
my eyes still closed, and I felt is breath on my mouth before her lips
followed. I put my arms around his neck, and for few seconds we stayed like
that, our lips resting on each other, the only movement my fingers stroking the
nape of his neck” (Broken Verses
129). She feels an emotional and sexual grief on her personality. She doesn’t
want him to go, When he was leaving for home “Lack of insistence of his
lips on mine and then I want nothing more than for Ed to stay” (Broken Verses 133). She was disappointed
when she discovers about Ed’s truth, which makes her strong enough to stand
against indigenous patriarchy. The purpose to love is clear in both cases. The
poet’s love for Samina, provides strength and inspiration to fight against oppressive
regime. On the other hand, Aasmani became the victim of Ed’s plotting and
developed a narrative of resistance against male domination.