In the novel, the women gossiping about Hester say: “The magistrates may be God-fearing but they are too merciful” (1). Those women believed that Hester should be stamped with the letter A and put to death. Women today are not as harsh, however, they do view adultery with more disgrace than men. For example, women censure other women for committing adultery more than men do. These women see it as a shameful act to the entire sex and criticize adulterers heavily.
I am explaining this through showing that men were not expected to love their wives. The feminist lens provide modern society with the most compelling view of literature because men don’t trust women, men think women are cheaters and whores, and women don 't have a voice. First and foremost, men don’t trust women. Illustrates how the feminist perspective is the best lens to new modern literature in his play “Othello”, when shakespeare articulates through brabantio in Act 1, as he speaks to duke that “She has been fooled, stolen from me, and corrupted by spells and medicines bought from cheating salesmen. She is not mentally impaired, blind or
Though overall these young women have an array of reasons, from adulterous revenge to the basic overall concept of the book, being scapegoating. In The Way We Lie by Stephanie Ericsson telling such little white lies is done in order to save someone's feelings from being hurt. Though it could also be argued the person themselves have alternative motives, such as not wanting to be seen as a bad friend or person. While these actions are more or less admirable, it is still nevertheless lying. While Donald Trump's motive for using artifice, is simple, he wants the population to like him and believe he is a good president.
Furthermore, Feminist Criticism provides a better view of literature because it shows that women can be powerful. When Emilia finds out that her husband has been plotting an evil plan she says,” Tis proper I obey him, but not now”(Othello V.2.195). Emilia refuses to help her husband after she finds the cruel intentions he has despite the expectation of women always being submissive to their husbands. Women also have a voice and feelings, they are capable of defying their husbands commands when they know what he expects is simply wrong. In a literary article,The Role of Women in Othello: A Feminist Reading states that,” Society weighs heavily on the shoulders of women; they feel that they must support the men and defer to them, even if the actions of the men are questionable” (Literary Articles).
In the novel Ordinary People by Judith Guest, Beth Jarret may come across as the antagonist. She has a side to her that makes the reader want to dislike her, but as the story unfolds the reader then gets a deeper understanding. Beth’s reactions to situations could have maybe been better, but every person handles tragic events in different ways. Her cold shell hides the fact that events from the past scare her into feeling like an outcast. Any reader could tell that Beth’s character was strong, maybe cold, but definity strong.
Because the author is a woman writing about a woman, she is not taken seriously and is forced to either change her story to fit into a genre more centered to female readers, or risk the novel’s success by choosing a different target audience. I found this to be a good analogy for sexism, as it promotes the idea of women and their work as inferior, despite the male dominated genre being invented by a woman, Mary Shelly in 1818 with her publishing of Frankenstein (Milam). Even though the genre was created by a woman, the dominate group bars women’s work from being anything but inferior. While the solution to the first example may work in some ways, it would be better for the publishing industry to give female authors equal opportunity, and take their work at its actual value, not perceived value due to sexism. It would take an understanding of internalized prejudice and to see women as equal.
At times, while I read this book, I found myself angry with men because of their brutal and thoughtfulness of women. Pomeroy plays on the heartstrings of women by not including the kind stories that men did for women during these times, although there were probably few. I would recommend this to others who want to know more about the treatment of women and the roles that they played in history. It is hard for me to believe all that was stated in the book was factual because of the fact women did not write during the time and the written scripts could have been written from a male perspective. As well as that there were not lots of information left behind, and paintings can be hard to
Mina was an assistant schoolmistress, who wanted to be useful for her fiancé. Bram Stoker was right to show that she was very willing to further her education, but he had questioned the feminists reading his book, as to why Mina it wasn’t mentioned often. Mina, being one of the only female characters in the book to show bravery and the will to further her knowledge, was not given enough recognition. On page 250, Renfield talks about Mina and says, “She has man’s brain - a brain that a man should have were he much gifted – and a woman’s heart.” This single quote suggested that Mina could be considered equal to men, but Renfield degraded her as he continues and quotes, “But it is no part for a woman.” Also, Mina’s motif to become more knowledgeable was to be useful for Jonathan, making the reader infer that Stoker did not believe a woman would do it for herself. Yet there were many real-life examples Stoker should have considered before contributing in a stereotype, such as Mary Shelley herself.
She has a few ideas on how to overcome male chauvinism- a belief where men are believed to be inherently superior to women- within the society, however, her solitude deters her from taking any immediate actions and makes her feel lost. In addition to that, her inner turmoil further leads her to doubt her own reliability of keeping Pearl and she begins to consider committing suicide; she fears that if the child would rather be better off without her. “The scarlet letter had not done its office” (Hawthorne, 182). Towards the end, Hawthorne develops a tone of irony as he describes the affect the scarlet letter had on her. Instead of severely punishing and humiliating her, the scarlet letter did the opposite of its intended
The first thing Peggy McIntosh discusses in her paper is that in her own experience men tend to agree that women are disadvantaged but they do not agree that men are over privileged. There are denials that surround male privilege that allow male privilege to go unrecognized. This brings her to the conclusion that if male privilege goes unacknowledged then more than likely white privilege has gone unacknowledged to. Just as males have been taught not to recognize their own privilege she has been taught to not recognize her own white privilege. She goes on to explain that she sees her white privilege as an imaginary knapsack in which she has all these tools to help her through life.