In older societies, many women felt trapped in their place in society and marriage, so who was a voice for them? Kate Chopin was one of the many influential voices for women in her time about women. Chopin wrote many stories that were influenced by experiences she has had in her life. Kate Chopin rebelled against the social roles of women and wrote many stories such as “The Storm” and “The Story of an Hour” that she used to express her own feminist views. First of all, Kate Chopin rebelled against the social roles of women.
Eve: A Product of Milton’s Sexism For centuries, women were seen as inferior to men, alive only to cater to their unreasonable and at times completely preposterous demands. The status and representation of women for the majority of Western history was restrictive. They were entitled to very few legal, political or economic rights and were expected to submit themselves to the incongruous needs of the patriarchal society. The traditional gender roles confined them to the domestic sphere. This continued from the Renaissance all the way up to the Age of Enlightenment, after which the attitude toward women began to improve.
A historian by the name of Ed Ayers once said “The exploitative natures of women’s work throughout history has been enormous.” I believe that this statement is true because after looking at history it shows that there were so many things that they had to overcome to get to the rights that they have today. Women during the 1700’s and 1800’s were challenged with expressing themselves in a social system that refused to grant women the right to express their views. Many events during these centuries which included things such as social and political movements that increased attention to women's issues like education reform. By the end of the 1800’s women were finally able to speak out against the injustices aimed at them.
Many of the popular novels and stories of today would not be possible if it were not for authors such as Ursula K. Le Guin, whose original name is Ursula Kroeber, which during her time period, created a high standard for authors to come. She was one of the most well known authors that wrote several novels that instantly became popular. Many of her stories that were intended for children drew in many adults as a result of her writing style. She was an amazing writer which did not come from nowhere. Her father was a distinguished anthropologist named A.L Kroeber and her mother, Theodora Kroeber, also a writer, influenced many of the novels and stories that she wrote.
A book editor for mass-market books and a female magazine writer, Danuta Kean (2012) found a startling trend of women writers producing more horrific violence novels that some men authors have. Confronted with the question about the trend, some women writers argued that they simply wrote about the fear that only women feel, like the fear of being raped that men do not understand. Unlike the current trend and the freedom that many women writer enjoy, Cherry character in the The Outsiders novel represents the transition of a woman’s writer views on their own roles and expectations in the
Her works provide an incentive for women to take action in starting their own debates or joining a debate that can contribute to the quarrel. She also gave suitable advice to the women of the time about learning to live in that society despite all the misogyny because that’s how God intended it to be. Without Christine’s involvement, it’s very probable that women would have never had a way of joining the quarrel or t least would not have joined until after the Renaissance. The audacity that Christine had in speaking up about the Rose and challenging the work of such a revered piece of fiction, set her apart from any other female writer because she was willing to put her career and reputation on the line for the chance to participate in what would later became an important movement for women of the Middle Ages. Simply, without Christine there would be no querelle des femmes nor would the genre of misogynistic writing exasperate as it did in later
The first example would be when Sarah remarks the Graveyard of Failed Hopes is “an all-female establishment”; ironic since she would become a driving force of change for the better. Sarah is discouraged to be a jurist by her family, even told essentially to give up her dreams and go husband hunting. Around the time Sarah Grimké was around, I’m sure a lot of women faced gender stereotypes such as that. Not only were they slaves to their family’s expectations, but also the rules of society. The world was very biased against females in all aspects back then, some of those prejudices still live on today.
The novel Pride and Prejudice can easily be picked apart through a feminist lens. The farther into the book one goes, the more there is to critique and analyze through a feminist lens. The book is about Elizabeth Bennet and her relationship with her eventual fiance Mr. Darcy, the ups and the downs of their relationship. Elizabeth was never a woman who only craved the attention and approval of men, she was her own person with her own complex emotions.
Charlotte and Emily Bronte are the most successful authors of their time; writing stories that contain truths that have stood the test of time. However, their success did not come easy. Bronte used a pen name to conceal her identity and shield herself from ridicule for the first few months after Jane Eyre was published. Even though Charlotte was not the most beautiful woman, she found abundant success in her talents in spite of the Victorian era’s belief that women’s value is found solely in how much beauty and money she possessed. In Charlotte Bronte’s coming of age novel, Jane Eyre, outward beauty deceives as it ironically represents a true evil in oneself.
During Shakespeare’s time, the societal norms that cultivated women were very precise. Women were held to high standards both look and act in a specific way, but did society ever take it too far? Many poets during Shakespeare’s time wrote traditional blazon sonnets, ones that compared women to the most wondrous things life has to offer; gems, jewels, plants, and stars. Such beautiful comparisons were made, but the women were made out to be so unrealistic. Women had become a collection of objects rather than human, but Shakespeare shed some light on the matter at hand and presented a new way of thinking.
Mary Wollstonecraft was a radical Enlightenment writer. In one of her most famous literatures, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Wollstonecraft envisions an efficacious society founded upon reason. Reason is the foundation of all intellect. If all members in society are equally intelligent, progress will be made to advance society. Wollstonecraft believes solving the disparities between women and men through an equal education is fundamental to the progression of society.
The Harlem Renaissance was an era when African- Americans brought their talents to Harlem at the end of World War I (Wormser). Out of that era, it brought authors, poets, and scholars (Wormser). Zora Neil Hurston came out of this era and became a well-known author. The Sweat is one of her well-known stories that demonstrated literary realism to show their everyday life and how they would talk unlike romanticism that used nature and “imagination” (The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica). The Sweat can be considered as a literary cannon which means a book that has been approved by culture ("A Literary Canon?") and that’s what Zora did.
The stories that are told about the shadow of Nosferatu a German name for Dracula were often gory and dark, but Bram Stokers Dracula brings a new dark and sensual look at the Victorian society. Showing the role of how women are treated and made almost into Stepford wives if possible. The novel Dracula by Bram Stoker shows the vast societal restrictions women can be put in. Sensual content any writer can put in their books, there by hiding it in very discreet ways to an unsuspecting reading crowd , Bram Stoker shows Victorian elements through the character diaries.