In the memoir Buck by Mk Asante showed plenty of examples of Feminist theory. For centuries woman in all different shapes and forms has always been belittled. Who are people to judge them for their gender? All woman over should be treated equally. It is in our constitution that everyone should be created equally. Even women has been running for the most powerful positions and people want the traditional “male” figure to run things. For instance, why hasn’t there been any woman as presidents? In most people eyes they believe that woman are too emotional and can’t handle well under pressure in the position of power. Who is people to tell us that woman are too emotional? Males who seem to have the “upper hand” in things and best known to be dominate try to take our courage. Woman should have the right to be treated equally and fairly. The purpose of this essay is to examine MK Asante’s memoir, Buck, through a Feminist theoretical lens in regards to the negative representation of Malo’s mother Amina, girlfriend Nia, and his older cousin Kianna.
Margaret Sanger knew first-hand what it was like to experience the effects of a life without birth control, being the sister of ten siblings. Her activism for birth control was strongly influenced by her personal experience. At the young age of nineteen, she tragically watched her own mother die from tuberculosis. She personally blamed her father for causing this, saying her mother died from “having too many children and working herself to death” (Amory, 2011). As a result of this tragedy, Sanger’s passion for birth control and women everywhere exploded. After her mother’s death, she moved to New York to attend nursing school. She began to work as a nurse on the Lower East Side of New York City. She was inundated with several women who
Blumenthal’s book about Steve Jobs is inspiring but brutally honest. She spares no details about his horrendous attitude as well as how neglectful we are of it. “Farewell Manzanar”’s Jeanne is a lot like her in that she often thinks of why we almost force ourselves to be ignorant of the terrifying things right in front of us. In literature especially, it’s important to capture the reader and I feel books express our flaws,and help us relate as well as keep us intrigued with whatever it is we’re
At the end of chapter 6, Janie rebukes the men and her response not only highlights the gender inequality problem in the novel, but it also shows a major character development in Janie. Not only of what Janie says is startling, but the fact that she said something made me see Janie in a different perspective. Janie?s opening line, ?Sometimes God gits familiar wid us womenfolks too and talks His inside business?, caught my attention because her response is against societal norms. Women are not classified as actual individuals, and they are expected to be obedient and quiet. In this quote, Janie asserts that women are individuals, and even God speaks to women as well. Janie bringing up God strengthens her argument
As a girl today, I am well aware of the adversities for women in the world. Inequalities in our society are undeniable, but we focus on our own lives rather than women’s lives in the horrific world of human trafficking. The novel Sold by Patricia McCormick explores this terrible world and its implications. McCormick has experience with this world through extensive research and time spent among third world country red light districts. Reading this text, I began to think about gender and its large role on society. More specifically, gender’s role on women and their positions in the world. Being a young woman, I fall into the intended audience of the book. The rhetoric in the book appeals to the young girls around the same age of the main character
Feminism is the philosophy, found in both literature and society, that the Western world is fundamentally patriarchal. Throughout the play, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, there are several examples of women being oppressed, as seen through the feminist critical lens. Miller uses male characters to reference to women objectively to help demonstrate this. This teaches that women are oppressed not just in literature, but in life. The female characters gain power in a male-dominated society through an elaborate plot of accusations and executions.
Gail Bederman, author of “Manliness and Civilization” published in 1995, explains how manliness is associated with race and civilization. She states that historians explain manhood as a normal aspect of human nature and although it may be expressed differently at different times, the meaning of it always remains the same. Bederman indicates her thesis, “ This book will investigate this turn-of-the-century connection between manhood and race. It will argue that, between 1890 and 1917, as white middle-class men actively worked to reinforce male power, their race became a factor which was crucial to their gender.”(p. 4) The author uses a group of a people with different cultural assumptions about race, manhood, and civilization to explain her
Oprah Winfrey once said “Excellence is the best deterrent to sexism and racism.” (brainyquote.com) This statement is a great example of moral courage. Being able to move past those who want to put you down and do it with a smile. Oprah has always shown moral courage, not just in her career, but in her whole life. She is a role model to all. I will state why she displays moral courage, how she relates to Elie Wiesel, the author of the book, Night, and a nobel peace prize winner, and finally how Oprah has impacted me. By examining why she displays moral courage, how she relates to Elie Wiesel, and how she has impacted me it is clear how Oprah is the very definition of moral courage.
Within the past year, the treatment and perceptions of women have been challenged due to the various marches and movements. Nathaniel Hawthorne’s romance, The Scarlet Letter, presents how women were viewed in a Puritan society, falling into a rigid dichotomy of either being the “saint” or “sinner.” This is otherwise known as the “Madonna/Whore complex,” which is explored through the life of the novel’s protagonist, Hyster Prynne. Her struggles and experiences through this dichotomy ultimately affect her both physically and emotionally as it represses her femininity.
Anne Bradstreet’s poem “To My Dear and Loving Husband” was written between the years of 1641 and 1643. “Not until the year 1678, six years after Bradstreet’s death, the poem was published” (Ruby 228). A poet with Puritan beliefs, this poem uses the religious language, hyperbolic metaphors, paradox, and antiquated diction and style in order to explain the devotion and love for her husband as she struggles with the Puritan way of life along with the uncertainty of her reassurance of love.
Men are dogs. At least, that is what Angela Carter compares them to in her short story “The Company of Wolves.” In the story she sets up a village terrorized by vicious animals. The children carry knives when they leave the house, the farmers lock up their animals at night, and people lose loved ones. However, the villagers slowly begin to realize that the wolves they believed to be the culprits behind the bloodshed, are actually werewolves; men who turn into beasts. One young woman, completely innocent in life, meets a handsome boy in the woods on the way to her grandmother’s house. He is, of course, a wolf. The charming boy goes to her grandmother’s house and eats granny only to lie in wait for the young girl. She arrives, but instead of cowering in fear, the young girl throws her clothes into the fire and rips off the wolf’s, embracing him for a kiss and for the night. The two stay in bed until morning, together and calm. Through the uses of a rebellious and triumphant tone, symbolism, and repetition, Carter demonstrates that men are like beasts, but women can prevail by understanding the power in
In the past, I worked as a CAN but due to lifting patients I was diagnosed with a hietal hernia and the doctor gave me a lifting restriction of maximum ten pounds. That meant I couldn’t work as a CAN as lifting was part of the job. I put myself through Edmonds Community College and completed my Social and Human Services deg
There are contrasting opinions about Cathy Ames within the characters from Steinbeck’s novel East of Eden, some of which are her neighbors whom she left them behind with "a scent of sweetness” (Steinbeck; Ch. 8); then there are other characters who thought of her as an inhuman monster who manipulates to do evil and destroy someone’s life. Her beauty does not reflect her actions, making her an innocent illusion, sugar coated, with despicable sprinkles, and poisonous filling. She mostly has evil intentions behind every - even good - action. Cathy can be nice and do good actions, but only with a selfish reason behind it, which shows how Steinbeck portrayed distorted evil in a woman and how this façade is all revealed and hated.
Women that were either slaves or Puritan, wouldn’t have been thought to have the ability to create pieces of poetry that would be carried and recognized through generations. Anne Bradstreet’s; To My Dear and Loving Husband and Phillis Wheatley’s; On Being Brought from Africa to America both completely contradict the idea that writing couldn’t follow religion and expresses emotion. These two authors had different approaches regarding their faith but their writing was completely faith-based. While Anne Bradstreet and Phillis Wheatley both express an incredible devotion to God, Anne Bradstreet’s devotion is rooted by her devotion to her husband, whereas Phillis Wheatley’s faith is a result of her salvation from Africa.
Charlotte Bronte’s classic heartfelt novel entitled “Jane Eyre” depicts how an unloved orphan constantly wishes for affection and acceptance throughout her life. Even at an early age in life, she never truly understood what it meant to be “loved” and what it means to “love” others. With this, maturing into a young lady definitely opened her eyes to the realities of life. Moreover, the novel also depicts a patriarchal society where women aren’t respected with dignity and equality. In this coming of age novel, discover how a young woman courageously faced her fears and triumphed with love in the end. Unraveling the acclaimed novel definitely showcased how in the end “Love conquers all”. Truly, Jane Eyre will forever remain as a masterpiece of art due to its dynamic characters, insightful themes and exquisitely crafted sense of style and writing.