In this essay, I will analyze Herodotus, Hesiod, and Daoism’s attitude towards women either as positive or negative contributors to history. These three great historians have used women in their writings for different purposes and to send different messages to their audience. Also, based on the events and examples that Herodotus, Hesiod, and Daoism give with their explanations, readers are going to realize whether they are against or for women. Women can play different roles in history because they might be a victim, nation’s builder, or even destroyer, so we are going to know women’s role in Herodotus, Hesiod, and Daoism’s period of time. Herodotus uses women in his narrative in order to show what is right with giving the example of fall of great Cyrus by Tomyris despite all his power and pride.
Introduction The purpose of this essay is to investigate the women’s role in Classical Greece society and literature (5th/4th century b.C.). Therefore, I decided to discuss and analyse one of the most controversial comedies of that time, “Lysistrata” by Aristophanes. This text shows how women, sick of their submissive and powerless position in the political scenario of Athens and Sparta, come on the scene and, through a smart stratagem, achieve their expected result. Women’s power in the play contrasts the real women life’s conditions in Greece in 500/400 b.C. This sudden empowering of the female characters is the main reason why I have chosen to examine this comedy.
Abstract The paper, titled Female Resistance against Repression throws light on the significance of the institution of marriage and familial love as portrayed in Shobha De’s sensational novel Strange Obsession. It also underscores that women, must be discrete to distinguish between the real and deceptive, fake and genuine, deleterious and healthy. She also exhorts the need for women to master their own self in the process of attaining independence. The emphasis is laid on curbing the unconventional feminine desires which subjugates women. As a socially conscious writer, De attempts to bring these erring women back into the orbit of socially sanctified morality.
Women’s studies is a very broad subject, attempting to make the world a better place, and confronting differences among women and the intersectionality of gender, race, class, and sexuality. In Drag Queens - When Women’s Studies Isn’t about Women: Writing about Drag Queens by Leila J. Rupp, Rupp explained her journey and discoveries as she interactively studied drag queens to expand her knowledge in her field of study. Leila J. Rupp is a professor and chair of the Women’s Studies Program at the University of California and her current work focuses on sexuality and women’s movements. During her research, she learned how drag queens are an essential part of women’s studies, that drag queens are a gender category of its own and how it relates to the category of gender, and that drag queens allow their audience to be more open minded about the complex social construction of both gender and sexuality. Although studying drag queens mean studying men, the
Collier-Meek, 2011) examined the gender role depictions of the prince and princess' characters. It focuses on their behavioral characteristics and climatic outcomes in the films using gender role approach. The female characters were categorized according to the typical feminist lens. In Beauty and the Beast the princess, Belle, was equally as brave, a traditionally masculine trait, as she was nurturing, a feminine one. The princess was more assertive and the prince was equally as sensitive as the princess (Dawn Elizabeth England & Lara Descartes &Melissa A. Collier-Meek, 2011; page 564).
That was why she got inspired to write about women and their strengths in order to survive in modern society. Woolf dedicated her major novels to analyze the patriarchal English society. Different types of women are portrayed in various contexts. She opened women’s eyes on their inferior status and provided them with a female tradition to rely on. She strives to provide women with the proper clues for having a meaning in life.
However, this novel not only tells the story of the tragic protagonist, Okonkwo, it also tells the story of some other minor characters who help and contribute to Okonkwo’s growth throughout the novel. After studying this novel critically and doing much research, I discovered that the women, though minor characters, played invaluable roles that have helped to embellish the entire narrative. Achebe has created these characters to reflect the prevailing social and cultural prescriptions that define women in the Igbo society. It is against this background that this essay seeks to answer the research question; how does Achebe construct the female characters in his novel, Things Fall Apart? This question focuses on the author’s use of literary devices to bring life into the female characters and making them, perhaps
Many theories and studies have been dedicated to analyze and understand Laurence’s characters. However, this review will focus on the social and cultural gender aspects that contribute in the formation of the female heroine’s character (Hagar) who suffocates under the pressure of patriarchal society. This work has attracted the attention of many critics especially feminists. In an attempt to apply a feminist study on Hagar’s character, her flaw and the cause of submission and misery, Constance Rooke finds that there “a realistic tale of woman’s pride” (26) as there is a Christian context which helps measure the significance of pride in the novel. Rooke’s study traditionally explains that “Pride” is what leads to Hagar’s downfall: “Hagar’s pride is something like Eve’s and that is seen by the author as reprehensible, the cause of her fall from the garden” (26), as she signifies, Hagar inherits her father’s pride “…she has chosen instead to mirror her father’s pride” (27).
Having a typical Bildungsroman- development of the character through the initial years of the youthful protagonist, Dangarembwa’s penetrating analysis of gender and identity in the traditional Shona patriarchy and her bold endeavors in uncovering the ruthless social strata makes her novel a feminist enterprise. Gender inequality and search for deprived identity is the foremost concern of Dangarembwa in the novel. If probed deeper, one can find Dangarembwa’s deep concerns for association with post- colonial politics, representation of feminist consciousness and female ambivalence towards sexuality. Tambu was born a girl and that it is a fundamental and self-evident disadvantage for her, because in the
By delineating her personal experiences, she speaks for her contemporarywomen companions and tries to inspire them for a protest against this marginalisation. Daring to speak the unspeakable, and doing the undoable, she makes her autobiography a strong medium of protest against patriarchy. Through the depiction of sex and illicit relationships, she disrupts the ethical project of good/evil binary propagated by the patriarchy. Key Words Patriarchy, matrilineal, sexuality, subjective power, ideal womanhood Most post-independence studies on Kerala – in the field of politics, sociology, education or health – have attributed much of Kerala’s unique progress to the role of women in both public and private spheres of life. The comparative freedom enjoyed by the women of Kerala, the social permissions they were allowed, their