The letters gave her the knowledge of the existence of other ways of being and led to the process of liberation and identity formation. By doing so, Alice Walker re-writes the archetypical rape narrative of Philomela through an alternative language methodology of swing and patchwork. She gives a strong voice to Philomela through Celie’s metamorphosis – a transition from being a silent victim of patriarchal designs to becoming a powerful narratorial presence. Celie is the author and subject of her own story. Alice Walker also offers a crucial intertwining of private and public in The Color Purple.
[You’re Name] [Course Name] [Professor Name] [Date] Theme of Culture and Heritage in Everyday Use Novel by Alice Walker The given novel named “Everyday Use” has been written by Alice Walker which gives the individual’s relationship to his or her culture that holds particular importance in one’s life. This is also evident from the character of Dee who has chosen to change her given name and then also connect with her provided roots of Africa while her mother is also seeing herself as been within the network of her immediate family traditions. Dee also depicts the idea that how she lacks the given understanding of her own heritage. She has rejected the idea of her immediate family but however puts the values which the quilts have made. She also
Feminism is a discourse that involves various movements, theories and philosophies which are concerned with the issue of gender difference; it also advocates equality for women and campaigns for women’s rights and interests. Feminist theory is associated with the analysis and explanation of women’s subordinate social situation. It seeks to analyze the condition which shapes women’s lives and to explore cultural perception of what it means to be a woman. In the early twentieth century there were some important feminist thinkers: Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935), Simone de Beauvoir (1908-86) and Betty Friedan (1921-2006). Like them Rokeya also appeared as a strong voice of feminism.
Toni Morrison is the most important contemporary women novelists and critics in African-American Literature.The descriptive-analytical method of study by analyzing the situations, the characters and themes, the status of women in Literature are revealed and represented. Morrison very well describes how different women characters react and respond differently to the injustice and the inhumanity imposed on them in African-American society. African American writers are concerned with the lack of literature fostering strong female models. These women are bonded by their journey to overcome the internalization of controlling patriarchal perceptions and images of women, like the repressive stereotypes that permeate literature. Toni Morrison use of binary oppositional characters, mirrors, inversions, and metafiction, to deconstruct the stereotypical roles of both men and women, underscoring the role that literature plays in creating self-identity problems when women try to imitate fictional characters.
To start, Chopin presents Edna as a woman aspiring for independence. When she stays out on the hammock she is standing up for herself because she wants to be her own woman. Edna then, is presented as a woman who does not complete her domestic duties, but instead decides to become an artist. While Edna is becoming more confident because of Mademoiselle’s impact she is able to become an artist and take control of her life. Edna’s final portrayal is through her choices to follow through with her sexual desires.
In The Bell Jar social conventions like women settling down and giving birth to children are what really shows where a woman 's place is within the community. The fact that if a woman focuses more on her academics than family life is frowned upon and not something to brag over shows how very little freedom there was for women to explore themselves beyond sprouting the life of new generations. The vast majority of the story itself deals with the expectations held towards the protagonist, her future, and her behaviour by the community she is surrounded with as well as herself. The fig tree, recognised as a prominent symbol within the novel, is introduced to the reader through a tale about a Catholic nun and a Jewish man. In the story, the two meet whilst picking figs until one day they eventually touch hands, which results in the nun not returning.
FINAL ESSAY FOR COMPARATIVE LITERATURE “Do angels wear brassieres?" is a short story written by Olive Senior. In analyzing this story the main theme emanating from this story was one of self-identity where traditional stereotypes about women’s and their identities will be contested. This story is set in Jamaica where the author denotes issues of hierarchy and class stratification in a family which is female centered. The main character are; a girl named Rebecca aka Beccka, her mother Cherry, and aunt Mary.
This essay will discuss the ways in which the two respective characters of Sophia and Shug Avery became empowered and disempowered through their circumstances and how each of these characters have an impact on Celies’s progression as a character. A specific reference will be made to the historic context of the novel and the portrayal of masculinity and feminism. With regards to the colour purple as a gynocritic novel. The historical context of the colour purple Alice Walker was active in the American Civil Rights Movement, a momentous effort, beginning around 1960, by blacks and others that sought to remake the nature of
This indicates to us the large-scale influence that the book held on culture and society, the work provoking women into considering their selfhood and positions, even being referred to as “a catalyst for change" by modern day feminist Eleanor Smeal. Additionally, another example was the feminist magazine Spare Rib, which provided readers with a critical analysis of sexual oppression as well as other relevant concepts; the magazine confronting issues and dilemmas
Her self-development in a male-dominated community proceeds in a linear manner (Kristeva, 1986). Celie`s awakening as a woman has its source in her fight in which she confronts “obstacles, prohibitions, authority or law” (Kristeva, 2000). Rima Namhata, a contemporary literary cricitc, claims that The Color Purple presents Celie “in relation to man, society, white people, financial freedom, sexual freedom, and identity” (2011). It is worth mentioning here the genesis of the title of the novel and its symbolism. Walker writes about the color purple in her essay mentioned in the first chapter: “Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender” (Walker, 1983).
Cynthia Lord has used character and style to create a novel of contemporary realistic fiction about a young girl struggling to accept the world she lives in. Lord uses dialogue to build a relationship between Catherine and Jason. It’s through these conversations that Lord is able to expose Catherine’s strengths and weaknesses when it comes to living with David, developing new friendships and accepting the reality of her life. It’s these strengths and weaknesses that help the reader identify with her. Lord’s unique style also helps the reader get a peek into the lives of the characters.