She states within From a Vindication of the Rights of Woman, that woman being uneducated is a weakness. Wollstonecraft compares women to military men who are not prepared. Wollstonecraft believed that women along with men should all have a mind of their own. Wollstonecraft states in, From a Vindication of the Rights of Woman, “Strengthen the female mind by enlarging it, and there will be an end to blind obedience; but, as blind obedience is ever sought for by power, tyrants and sensualists are in the right when they endeavor to keep women in dark, because former only want slaves, and the latter a plaything.” Wollstonecraft truly does not blame men for the action of women, but blames women for allowing men to have control over them.
Thus Lily develops a ‘double consciousness or masquerade that permits her to be aware of the main culture even though she is a marginalized character. When LIly places so much importance and preoccupation on maintaining a public persona or social mask, the mask starts to gains too much power. In his article “Disowning ‘Personality’: Privacy and Subjectivity in The House of Mirth” William E. Moddelmog argues: The “real Lily” for whom [Lily] searches turns out to be plural rather than singular. While burning the letters Lily at the moment imagines herself possessing two selves, a fact that complicates her ‘passionate desire to be understood’ and her desire that Selden ‘see her wholly.’
The Bacchae’s own control of their sexuality, as Pentheus describes “They creep off one by one to lonely spots to have sex with men”, and their feminine features, as their breasts swell and their hair cascades, creates an example of women gone wild with power over themselves
Despite education for women being an emotional and personal topic for Wollstonecraft, she balances her writing with reason (Volkova 896). She provides details and logic that back up her statements. She gives relatable examples and alarming possible outcomes. One of Wollstonecraft’s point is that, women are dependent on men because of the way society views marriage. Women from before based their survival on the approval on men, instead of furthering on their educational needs (Poonacha 427).
In “The Fair Jilt,” Miranda’s character is a manipulative and ill-natured woman whose behaviors connect her to the traditional view of women being innately evil. Behn’s presentation of a woman who conforms to stereotypical behaviors is puzzling considering the grave need for women writers who tell their stories and demonstrate that women cannot be defined by stereotypes. Despite the appearance of Behn accepting these harmful stereotypes, her use of them allows her to reveal the underlying factors that cause women to “misbehave” and results in them being characterized as villains. In early literature, stories about women who swindle ignorant men for societal advancement or women who cuckold their husbands are often used to define all women
In Beloved by Toni Morrison and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, abuses of power are used to both challenge and uphold gender roles in a destructive way. The ghost of Beloved in Beloved uses her supernatural abilities to sexually exploit and emasculate Paul D. In The Handmaid’s Tale, the Commander abuses his societal standing to simultaneously take away power from and give power to Offred. The characters in each novel abuse their power to regain their own dignity and sense of self, both believing their actions are helpful rather than degrading. Morrison and Atwood create hierarchical abuses of power to expose the weight of gender roles in times of conflict and to reveal how society shapes identity and identity shapes actions, which therefore upholds unfair and unbalanced power structures. Morrison’s use of Beloved’s relationship with Paul D. in Beloved reveals a small portion of how racism and slavery can create so much pain that gender roles are challenged in a harmful way, creating a loss of identity.
Love and Duress/constraint in Renaissance England Lady Mary Wroth, “Sonnet 9” explores the overpowering influence of patriarchal and religious control over people especially women personal lives and beliefs and the covet for renaissance individualism in Elizabethan England. It is a statement regarding gender inequality on women in the ideology of love and marriage and how it seeks individual right from the woman perspective which is a contemporary opposition to state and religious methods of social coercion. The speaker use the word pleasure in ”Bee you all pleas’d, your pleasure grieve not me” to explore the wealth and power that the patriarchal and religious system benefit from marriage and how its designed to benefit
Also Beatrice is a unique woman because she seek to revolutionize the way that she is treated in the play. At the pinnacle of the story Claudio is striking (public shaming) Hero about various lies about her such as infidelity, violating chastity, and public shame. It is worthy to note that this is important in womanhood due to Hero's depressed behavior in the play.
In the lens of a feminist approach, in a patriarchal society, there are “good girls”, like Lucy and Mina, who are pure and useful to their husbands, and there are “bad girls” who are sexually explicit in nature and seen as impure as well as not the “marrying type”. In this case, due to their sexual nature, the brides would fall under the category of “bad girls”. However, a feminist approach would argue that both types of categories are patriarchal in that they objectify women instead of treating them as individuals. In other words, seen as though the bride’s should be considered more dangerous than anything due to the fact that they suck people’s blood and hold them hostage to weaken then. Instead they are portrayed as sexual in nature because they are seen as
The Latin women are a shame to the author because of their deceitfulness. He believes that when a woman is deceitful or beguiling, she becomes unbearable or inhuman. In fact, he asserts that as a result of all the treatments women were using to deceive it was hard to tell whether the woman was “a human face , or an ulcer” (Fiero 162). He despises the devious actions and hateful plots the women concoct against those distasteful to them. He believes that “there’s nothing a woman won’t do, nothing she thinks is disgraceful” because of her deceitful feature (Fiero
In the literary work, “Daddy,” by Sylvia Plath, it demonstrates that a characteristic of her love for her father shows a way of frustration, and exasperation towards him which she faces throughout her lifetime that causes her to become psycho. Although, Plath sets the tone through the structure of the literary work of her use of diction and imagery, she chooses words that demonstrate the character's emotion and bitterness towards the abuse she has lived beneath the authority of her father and later on, her husband. The author, later on uses the structure of German words that sets the tone of diction. Within that in mind, she creates mental imagery through her use of metaphors and similes which permits the reader to attach ideas and transmit
Despite “there [being] about 97 men for every 100 women” in the United States, the country remains a patriarchy (Kiersz). Women have been trying to gain equal rights, but it has been an uphill battle. The first step in gaining equality is making one’s voice heard. Protesting is a common method of making oneself known and it can be seen in poetry such as “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou and “Daddy” by Sylvia Plath. Protesting can also be seen in longer forms of literature such as The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, Antigone by Sophocles, and The Help directed by Taylor Tate.