311). ‘The Bloody Chamber’ and the other short stories featured in The Bloody Chamber do show violence and abuse which generally can conflict with the feminist writing style of the twentieth century. Some find ‘The Bloody Chamber’ to be disturbing because of its violence and sexual content, but “Carter, however, uses the language of the story not to lull the reader into ignoring the dangers posed by Bluebeard but instead to heighten the readers awareness of the threat posed by the sadomasochistic underpinnings of much of decadent culture, which created a dangerously passive and readily victimized feminine ideal.” (Kaiser 32). Since the collection of short stories in The Bloody Chamber are rewrites of fairy-tales, it draws critics to its irony. “Carter argued that Bloody Chamber was ‘a book of stories about fairy tales.’” (Makinen 22).
Nevertheless, many women were still afraid to speak their minds, even if they followed the fashion and social trends. Fitzgerald embodied this by creating female characters that were bored, superficial, and lost. Jordan Baker, Daisy’s best friend, is the female character that stands out in the novel as being bored (Fitzgerald 57). This is proven by the fact that she is invariably telling lies throughout the
Cormac McCarthy’s novel, Suttree, demonstrates the prejudice deeply ingrained within society, as well as the way it largely affects its readers. The misogynistic attitude is certainly not a new one. Women have been oppressed and viewed as less than men, in personal accounts and in narratives, for a long time. In the minds of the men in this novel, women are seen as merely an addition to men or an afterthought, and certainly not able to hold the value of a whole person on their own. The only real relationships with women the reader observes are Cornelius Suttree’s romance with Wanda, and then with Joyce.
Because the author is a woman writing about a woman, she is not taken seriously and is forced to either change her story to fit into a genre more centered to female readers, or risk the novel’s success by choosing a different target audience. I found this to be a good analogy for sexism, as it promotes the idea of women and their work as inferior, despite the male dominated genre being invented by a woman, Mary Shelly in 1818 with her publishing of Frankenstein (Milam). Even though the genre was created by a woman, the dominate group bars women’s work from being anything but inferior. While the solution to the first example may work in some ways, it would be better for the publishing industry to give female authors equal opportunity, and take their work at its actual value, not perceived value due to sexism. It would take an understanding of internalized prejudice and to see women as equal.
A woman’s job in life was to be a good mother and a good wife, period. Although feminist movements were now on the horizon, the subject of women standing up and speaking out for their rights was extremely controversial. As a feminist, Kate Chopin incorporated feminism in The Awakening through characters such as Edna Pontellier and Mademoiselle Reisz. Because the subject matter was so controversial and taboo, Chopin received a lot of negative feedback when she published the novel, with readers calling it “morbid, vulgar, and disagreeable.” The reactions Chopin received in response to her novel are very similar to how the people within Edna’s society react to her journey of a spiritual awakening. Both were intensely judged and alienated due to their unique views that did not match up with the masses.
COMPARING AND CONTRASTING THE STORY OF AND HOUR AND THE STORM. Introduction. Kate Choplin a renowned literary figure in writing short stories about women and feminism is the author of “the storm” an “the story of an hour” two stories that demonstrate the unhappiness experienced by two married women .In the two stories, the author uses a different setting, literary elements, plot development ,and characters to tell tales of women and their search for freedom, during a time in which society was marked by extreme male chauvinism.While the story of the storm relates directly to marriage and love as the main barrier of the freedom of women, the story of an hour addresses marriage and love to repression and unhappiness. The “story of an hour” and “the storm” have similarities as well as differences in terms of the setting, the characters used, and the plot. Setting.
In one letter to famous science fiction writer Philip K Dick she incurs her “anger”. Dick writes, “Joanna Russ who wrote me the nastiest letter I’ve ever received; at one point she said she usually offered to beat up people (she didn’t use the word people) who expressed opinions such as this …I am sorry to offend those who disagree with me . . . I stand where I stand: “Hier steh Ich; Ich kann nicht anders,” as Martin Luther is supposed to have said.” The plight of women is understood many unbigoted viewpoints of society, however, Russ’s reaction is exactly what has been done to her, spreads
The Scarlet Letter through the Eyes of a Feminist Literary Critic It has been debated whether Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote The Scarlet Letter to make a statement about the treatment of women or to simply create a compelling story about a scandal. However, when reading the story through a feminist viewpoint, Hawthorne’s true intentions become more clear. The relationship between Hester and Dimmesdale develops through the story as the two characters change both mentally and physically. As Hester becomes more independent and learns how to support herself and Pearl, she becomes emotionally stronger than Dimmesdale. Women were expected to be the more emotional, and the weaker gender, and a man showing too many emotions was usually frowned upon in
In this quote it shows gender discrimination. “But I kept aloof from their more foolhardy schemes for a while, and on pain of being called a girl”(Lee 55). This quote shows how it bothers Scout when they call her a girl even when she is a girl. Here is another quote showing gender discrimination. “I was not so sure, but Jem told me I was being a girl, that girls always imagine things, that’s why other people hated them so, and if I started behaving like one I could just go off and find some to play with” (Lee 54).
Our Lady of Alice Bhatti(2012) is a resonating example of Hanif’s natural gift of storytelling and of a dangerously sharp and pointed social satire. But underneath that satire is an intense critique. Hanif skillfully and realistically shows how women in Pakistan are dealt with. It is not the political issues or the religious fundamentalism which is keeping Pakistan down, Hanif argues. Alice is oppressed because she is a woman, as are the other ladies in the novel.