Mary Wollstonecraft was a key component in the movement of rights for women. Her philosophies on equality were a precursor for women around the world who would join together and fight back against the injustice they faced due to their gender. Wollstonecraft promoted her ideals during the middle of the 18th century at a point in time where rights for women were non-existent and she lived her whole life without any true rights of her own. Years after her death, her values were continued by women who were trying to gain the right the vote. The fight for the rights of women has continued since then and still continues in modern feminist movements.
Stereotypes- The thought that comes into our minds when we think about individuals or plainly, just groups of people. Throughout the decades, women have been expected to be smart homemakers, nurturing mothers, and obedient wives above anything else. In the novel, The Help by Kathryn Stockett, women strived to fit the 1960’s stereotype, the hairdo and all. However, Skeeter, the main character, plays an educated, unmarried, and aspiring writer. And by writing a book based on secret interviews, she tries to understand the lives and relationships between black maids and white housewives, during the Civil Rights Movement.
Women have always been expected to be a certain way in many areas, in politics, religion, and just an ordinary day living life, throughout the years ' women have fought and influenced these areas in many ways and have made society today comfortable for women of future generations. Due to this women were forced to follow the status quo of being a servant to her husband and family. She was confined to the home with the traditional role of being a mother and wife. After she married she had given up any life once dreamed of as well as any career she wished to pursue. Devoting their time to tending to their families, doing chores around the house and preparing meals, was the life of women in the 1900’s.
This line brings to my mind Helene Cixous’ “ write yourself. Your body must be heard.” In ‘The Laugh Of The Medusa’ Cixous urges women to reclaim their bodies and by extension their desires and identities and thus create a social change through writing. Once a woman starts celebrating her body, she will never be lacking. A woman who wants to liberate herself should write through her body. We see that Esther was disgusted by the thought of a woman using her body only for work and producing children.
Charlotte and her sisters were compelled to learn how to survive in a man’s world. Charlotte wrote many books; at least six which include, a couple she wrote with her sisters. All of these books showed the struggles of women and the social status. She used her books to show her ideas and philosophy on life. The British novelist, Charlotte Bronte, utilized her life experiences within her novel “Jane Eyre” to illustrate love, sexism and social status, and her comparison to fictional and non-fictional characters.
For many years, girls in the Middle East struggle with obtaining an education.In the bibliography “I Am Malala” by Malala Yousafzai, she addresses the salience of girls’ education in the Middle East. Malala explains to the reader the horrors as well as the barriers she faced while trying to justify the importance of girls’ education. She uses influential ethos, a tenacious tone, and vigorous pathos to get the reader to perceive that a girl’s education is just as imperative as a boy’s education. Yousafzai wants the reader to know what it is like being a girl fighting for girl’s education. With the use of these three rhetorical strategies, she succeeds in getting the reader to comprehend every girl’s right to an education.
Feminism has been a prominent and controversial topic in writings for the past two centuries. In Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre the main character, Jane Eyre, explores the depth at which women may act in society and finds her own boundaries in Victorian England. As well, along with the notions of feminism often follow the subjects of class distinctions and boundaries.There is an ample amount of evidence to suggest that the tone of Jane Eyre is, in fact, a very feminist one and may well be thought as relevant to the women of today who feel they have been discriminated against because of their gender. At the beginning of the 19th Century, little opportunity existed for women, and thus many of them felt uncomfortable when attempting to enter many parts of society. The absence of advanced educational opportunities for women and their alienation from almost all fields of work gave them little option in life: either become a house wife or a governess.
The first story is about a mother, who lived her life in a tradition-bound society and her daughter, who wants to live her life according to her own will, away from the influence of patriarchy. The mother in the text warns the girl against such intentions by quoting from her on life. The other novel which I have taken up deals with another kind of unconventional image presented by Sobti of a young newly married woman Mitro. Sobti depicts her to be very bold when it comes to the question of physical satisfaction in a marriage. The novel poses some very important but less spoken issues about woman sexuality in a very bold and clear tone.
The neglected women as characters in their novel attempt for better way of life mentally and physically. Today’s Novels act as a mirror reflecting the protest and the outburst of the suppressed feelings of women which has never been taken care for ages. Shashi Despande’s novel That Long Silence begins with the sentence “To achieve anything, you’ve got to be ruthless.” Despande 's That Long Silence revolves around the ongoing problems and predicament of the middle class house hold. Her writings are like case studies of women full of reality. Her women are real flesh and blood characters from whom one cannot take one’s eyes of.
The first chapter makes an introductory assessment of Indian English women novelists in general and makes a brief survey of the portrayal of women with specific account of suffering and discrimination in particular. It deals with the development of genre ‘novel’ in Indian English literature with the focus of women novelists of the period. This chapter explores the fictional portrayal of suffering woman and her subjugated status in the male dominated society. It explores that the women were fated to suffer and struggle right from birth to their death. It is observed that women are still suffering and their struggle has not ended yet.