It is considered her transitional work. Rich’s own real life experiences and her observations of life concerning the true situation of women in patriarchal society has found way in this volume. The pitiable condition of women in and out of the family, the exploitation of women in every field, the continuous tortures inflicted on them and the corresponding shattering of their nerves all influenced Rich so much so that she decided to write for women’s situation. Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law is her break through volume. It is here that Rich for the first time asserts herself as a feminist
The two literary texts (novels) that the researcher is going to work on are The Color Purple and The Handmaid’s Tale. The African- American novelist Alice Walker is always concerned with presenting the problems of females especially black women because they are doubly oppressed due to their gender and their color. In order to portray their struggle, she wrote one of the marvelous novels The Color Purple which was published in 1982. As for the Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood, who shares the same interest with Alice Walker, she depicted the struggle of women and how they are victimized by the patriarchal society in her brilliant novel The Handmaid’s Tale that was published in 1985. As a result of the existence of
They say don’t judge a book by its cover, yet everyday people are judged just based on skin color, gender or anything else that sets them apart. Walker’s pulitzer prize winning novel “The Color Purple” talks about the struggles of an African American woman, Celie, and the journey she goes through in order to overcome the barriers of sexism to become a stronger woman and discover her independence. Similarly, “In Love and Trouble: Everyday Use” - also written by Walker - goes into a story about an African American woman, Dee, and her struggles with sibling rivalry, racial identity, and racism during a chaotic period of history. Through narrator point of view, symbolism, setting, and imagery, Walker illustrates the prominence of discrimination
Themes in Alice Walker the Color Purple Introduction Alice walker is the author of the color purple; the novel was released in 1982 and has won two major awards, which are, best fiction from the national book award and the Pulitzer award for best fiction (Alsen, 45). The book has since been adopted into musical and film while retaining the same name. The book focuses on African American women’s lives in the southern state of Georgia (LaGrone, 53). Moreover, the book paints a picture of how low the African woman is regarded in the social culture of Americans. Alice walker is not only known as being an Afro-American writer but is known for her use of dominant themes.
Furthermore, Atwood, who was surrounded by the intellect of the female faculty members at Victoria College, often portrays female characters dominated by the patriarchal society in her poems. She also elucidates on women 's social oppression as a result of male sovereignty. Atwood studies “power, and how it operates and how it deforms or shapes the people who are living within that kind of regime” (Oppenheim). Perhaps, Atwood’s greatest feminist poems, related to the empowerment of women and their role in society, are “This Photograph of Me” and “Siren Song”. Atwood uses symbolism to express the thoughts of the speaker and the theme of female oppression.
When it comes to the rights of women one faces problems when it comes to one making their own personal discussions. This just a smear of the social problems that a woman faces. For generations, women have been stigmatized though intersectionality and multiculturalism. Although this may be, women have accomplished obstacles that other humankind has not. We have changed the mindset for our daughters and the future generations to come.
Chitra’s women experience love, loss and longing through tangled marriages, bitter divorces, childbirth, abortion, abuse, violence, racism, poverty and riches. Now, in a daring novel out this month, Divakaruni returns to a fantastic world, inhabited by kings, queens, villains and sorcerers.”- Vogue
In the novel Roots and Shadows she projects her protagonist, Indu, who faces discrimination, identity crisis at different levels of her life. The bigoted Indu is much anguished with the unfair treatment of the people. She is treated as inferior when she was a child. She is being differentiated in her romantic relationship in her conjugal life and as well as in her professional life. But at the end of the novel she realizes what she lacked in her life and achieved her individuality with her brave declaration of her right to independence.
The majority of these novels portray the psychological sufferings of frustrated housewives. Women novelists reflect in their novels the predicaments of today’s women who have realized that she is helpless and not independent. Among them, Anita nair is one of the notable novelists who portrays the condition and status of women and how they suffer in the patriarchal society. The aim of this paper is to study the feminine existence in Nair’s
YEARNING OF A WOMAN FOR STRENGTH AND INDEPENDENCE IN RAJAM’S KRISHNAN’S LAMPS IN THE WHIRLPOOL Feminism is a set of movements aimed in achieving moral, social, economic and political rights and equal opportunities for women. The status of women in India has been subject to many great changes over the past few millennia. But in olden days women are victimized in such a manner. Women are still victims of social discrimination because of male chauvinism. They are still considered less equal to men.