Offred compares rape to dessert, making it seem like it is not important or serious. Rape is brought up again when the aunts blame the victim, Janine for getting raped. These are attitudes that can be seen in certain religions like the ones that operate under Sharia Law, where women are blamed for rape. The majority of the book was from a handmaid’s perspective. Atwood parodies the way some of the religious right may perceive women in which they are important for creating life by introducing handmaids, women who have been reduced into only their procreative purposes.
In Dracula, Bram Stoker discusses the changing roles of women through its two main female character, Mina Harker and Lucy Westrenra. When it comes to sex, the New Woman is more frank and open, exactly the opposite of the Victorians. The New Woman feels free to initiate sexual relationships and to explore alternativesto marriage and motherhood. Lucy is thus regarded as a New Woman. In an early letter to Mina, Lucy laments, “Why can’t they let a girl marry three men, or as many as want her, and save all this trouble?
This line suggests that she desires for their love to live an impossible length. Bradstreet most likely had a hard time imagining her life without her husband, and in result she expresses complete devotion to him. Phillis Wheatley had difficulty accepting the judgements and misinterpretations that regarded Christian slaves. Wheatley has a much easier time accepting that people in this era failed to accept minorities when writing, “Remember, Christians, Negroes, black as Cain, / May be refined, and join the angelic train.”(Wheatley 7). She found it difficult accepting that she originated from the, “pagan,” lands.
His reasoning to keep this name even after the midwife has told him he shouldn’t do it is that he had asked God to save his wife and his prayers were not heard, so he is now looking at his daughter as the one that sentenced his wife to death. But there is more to her birth than this, another aspect of it that shows that Morrison was making Pilate into a Christ figure. Pilate’s birth is a magical event just like the birth of Jesus. Pilate’s mother died
Both of the text include Psychoanalytic Criticism, because one side is saying she against the lottery, and an Christian, and the other side shows where Tessie think it’s just any fair. Also that part is Feminism Criticism, because at the end of the passage all the attention is on Mrs. Hutchinson as she is singled out at the end to be stoned to death as the passage illustrates, “Its Tessie,” Mr. Summers said….. “Show us her paper, Bill”
Kate Chopin’s “The Awakening” despite being an anecdote of a woman’s path of self-discovery, is also an anecdote of a woman’s downfall while on her search for her independence. Chopin uses religion to emphasize Edna’s, the protagonist’s, “sinful” ways in the novel. Without religion in both characters and symbolism the novel would lose its impact on the readers, therefore losing its message. Chopin’s use of religion to emphasize her overall message of independence is best expressed throughout her characters. While there are many characters that can be seen as a Christ figure, according to Foster’s definition, two characters in the novel that Chopin uses to form a juxtaposition are Adèle Ratignolle and Edna Pontellier.
This being the situation, Zora Neale Hurston, an American novelist, wrote in 1937 her masterwork entitled Their Eyes Were Watching God. Her purpose was to sensitize and show the audience the emotional effects of gender inequality. Love, society, freedom, dreams, goals, compassion, gender, and marriage are the main themes in the novel. All these together form the story of an innocent and dreamer woman named Janie Crawford that tries to find love in her three marriages. Throughout the novel, she creates meaning to the dependence of marriage to gender roles, and emphasizes how this can shape relationships in a social way.
Her hatred towards Christianity allows to keep herself in check but in “Flesh and Blood” when she goes to see Sister Leopolda on her deathbed her trauma is manifested when she tries to prove her strength at whatever cost. “I would get that spoon,” shows how desperate Marie was to reclaim that power that Sister Leopolda had taken away from her when she was a child (Erdrich). But the most disheartening part of this story is that even on her deathbed Marie was still not able to reclaim her power. This scene serves as a metaphor to represent how native Americans are never able to get their strength back from the white
Whom should I persuade (now again) to lead you back into her love? Who, O Sappho, is wronging you? (Sappho “Fragment 1” p.3) These beautiful words show us how she prayed for Aphrodite's help. She wants Anaktoria to love her and return to her. When Sappho says “[…]Who, O/Sappho, is wronging you?” she is basically asking herself “Why is this happening to me when all I did is love this woman with all my heart?).
‘A Mother In A Refugee Camp’ is a tragic and emotive poem, written by Chinua Achebe. The poet describes the hardship of refugee camps and the difficulty of accepting the death of those you truly care about. The poem exemplifies this struggle by describing the mother’s love for the child through direct description of the “mother’s pride” and her “tenderness for” her son. The word “pride” makes her feelings clear and the use of the comparison to “Madonna and Child” amplifies her tenderness. The poet lists tactile imagery which emphasise the mother’s loving actions, “she had bathed him And rubbed him down with bare palms”.