There exists a very real relationship between the Female Gothic novel of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century and the social context of women at that time. This new class of fiction is essentially treated by women as it addresses women’s experiences offered an opportunity to address “the hidden, unspeakable reality of women’s lives: not just their lives in the private inner world of the psyche, but also their social and economic lives in a real world of patriarchal institutions” (DeLamotte 165). Notwithstanding the success of male Gothicists, Gothic fiction is perceived as a female-dominated genre as Leonard Wolf writes: Despite the triumphs of Lewis and Maturin, the Gothic novel was something of a cottage industry of middle-class
Beginning with Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre is one of the most iconic works in Victorian literature that highlights the struggle of women in a patriarchal society – something which can be considered ahead of Brontë’s time. Jane’s character is the embodiment of the enlightened female consciousness, and represents women’s desires and ambitions for emancipation. With the novel being written in a time when the patriarchy served as the dominant power, the themes that were portrayed through the text were concerned with women’s social position, society’s regard for physical beauty, and gender inequality. Brontë also expressed women’s desires for education, economic independence, liberation, and equality.
In the novel The Awakening Edna faces many internal conflicts. These include her role as not only just a women during the this era, but as, more specifically, a wife and mother. She learns more about herself throughout the novel and is empowered by what she feels she could be. Although she is tied down by society’s expectations of her, Edna finds her true self and is inspired to pursue a life outside of what is expected. The Awakening is an example of a novel with a character that plays an important role because of her alienation due to her gender, class, race, and religion, and revelation about society’s assumptions and moral values.
Mary Wollstonecraft was a key component in the movement of rights for women. Her philosophies on equality were a precursor for women around the world who would join together and fight back against the injustice they faced due to their gender. Wollstonecraft promoted her ideals during the middle of the 18th century at a point in time where rights for women were non-existent and she lived her whole life without any true rights of her own. Years after her death, her values were continued by women who were trying to gain the right the vote. The fight for the rights of women has continued since then and still continues in modern feminist movements.
Alice Walker (1944- ) is considered as a writer who is the powerful woman at expressing political and social struggles on feminism. According to my perception, she has been named as a militant without weapon in order to bring equality for regarding inferior of black women in all the nations. Her vision consistently mirrors her concern with racial and political issues, particularly with the black woman's struggle for spiritual and political survival. Her political awareness, her Southern heritage, and her sense of the freedom made greatness into the revolution. Much of her writing reveals her concern for black women and their families.
“Professions for Women” written by Virginia Woolf in the early 1930s, is a first person narrative of the inner obstacles, and social boundaries, women face and will face as they enter the workforce. Woolf’s decision to write in the first person allows the reader to enter her mind and develop an understanding of her personality. This self-characterization, through the use of a first-person narrator, is an intriguing factor of Woolf’s essay that uniquely brings across her theme of women pushing boundaries to gain personal freedom. “Professions for Women” reveals Woolf to be a bold, hungry, and, more importantly, ambitious woman. These character traits can be seen most evidently in Woolf’s reaction towards the freedoms women earned, in regards to owning real estate.
3.3. Feminism There are many instances in the novel in which feminist ideology is visible. Traumatized by her childhood experiences, Celie seeks acceptance and fulfilment in relationships built with women. As has been mentioned in the first chapter, Alice Walker states that women may love other women “sexually and/or nonsexually” (1983).
The relevance of this is that during the third wave of feminism female independence, both within society and literature, became more prevalent. Thus we can explore, using the feminist ideology of this era, how female independence within literature often gets a strongly negative connotation. When studying this novel from a feminist perspective, it is important to acknowledge that Walker favours the term ‘womanist’ for a black feminist. Walker’s commitment to womanism inspired not only ‘The Color Purple’, but many of her other novels including ‘Possessing the Secret of Joy’ (1992).
In Charlotte Bronte’s novel, Jane Eyre the main character is Jane Eyre. She tries to explore the various depths at which women may act in a society, such as the English society, and finds her own boundaries in Victorian England. The notions of feminism are often being followed by the subjects of class
Susan Glaspell, the playwright of Trifles relays feminist drama in a fascinating and psychological way. This play introduces women helping women in confinement to find freedom. Confinement can tear a woman apart, but the desire for freedom from society is embedded deep in the heart of all strong women. Trifles was written
How many of you have family that has worked in the armed forces? Or how many people have friends that live in third world or poor countries? On December 25, 1821, a tiny Christmas baby, who would become one of the greatest civil war heroines ever, was born into a loving middle class family. Clara Barton had four older siblings that adored her and taught her many life skills that would be crucial for her later career. School was very boring to her because she liked to care for others rather than learn about the world.
The Mirabal sisters are three revolutionaries, who were greatly involved in the overthrow of Rafael Trujillo, the dreadful dictator in the Dominican Republic. These courageous sisters at a young age observed countless flaws in Trujillo's regime, including his overpowering nature and the establishment of numerous unjust reforms. Moreover, the Mirabals recognised that it was their obligation to assist and support this revolution in order to terminate this terrible regime, so the sisters immersed themselves into the revolution becoming, Las Mariposas. The sisters were obliged to abandon their children and eventually sacrificed their own lives for this rebellion. However, the sisters are viewed as selfish by numerous people because they abandoned
Feminism can be defined as a thought in socio-political movements primarily based on and motivated by the engagement of women. While providing a general assessment of gender based relations, many components of feminism also focus on analyzing general inequality and the promotion of women's rights and interests. Kelly DeConnick and Valentine De Landro’s Bitch Planet perfectly choose to emanate from this movement as it establishes a well-thought and meaningful deposition to opposes of feminism. The narrative is set within a dystopian world in which “non-compliant” women who do not conform to society’s sexualized facsimile of femininity are transported to an off-planet all female prison known as “Bitch Planet” in which they are reprimanded. Non-compliant