ABSTRACT The purpose of the paper is to study quest for self in the novels of Sudha Murty, taking in account the complexity of life, different histories, culture and different structure of values, the women’s question, despite basic solidarity, needs to be tackled in relation to socio-cultural situation. Women under patriarchal pressure and control are subjected to much more bunts and social exclusion. They live and struggle under the oppressive mechanism of closed society, is very much reflected in her writings. They are more discriminated and biased in lieu of their sex. Murty is considered to be one of the most realistic author, for she is able to bring the true picture of psyche of the women changing with the times.
The significance of Scapegoating in “Sula” by Toni Morrison Phoenix Falconer-Pincus 1411588 Sula by Toni Morrison, tells the story of friendship between two very different women. Though the novel allows the reader to delve into the lives of these two woman, it also highlights the deep-routed culture of sexism that The Bottom has created in order to control individuals (especially woman). Throughout the novel, the female characters are subjected to harsh criticisms and treatment due to their gender, whereas the male characters are not. The Bottom uses the female characters as a way of avoiding their own wrong-doings or casting out the general “sin” of the entire community, by “sacrificing” one individual or a specific demographic. This is done by the constant judgement and blame placed on the woman, in particular Sula, of The Bottom.
Wollstonecraft 's contribution to the philosophy of feminism, the book is called A Vindication of the Rights of Women (1792), in which she takes the philosophies of the Enlightenment to task, especially Rousseau, for often misusing their vaunted Reason. She also had many other complaints: Wollstonecraft decries the “brainwashing” of women of her day, forcing them to fit into a social structure with no room for independence. Wollstonecraft advocates that the education of women should be to a degree equal to that of the men. Wollstonecraft express grief and sadness of the state of “spinsters,” the pejorative or worsen term for women, who for whatever the reason, the women never married. Wollstonecraft acknowledges that men are for the most part physically stronger than women, but Wollstonecraft argues that women have evolved beyond caveman ethics.
As of 1970s, shifting styles, forms, and narrator’s voices, puns, neologisms and unusual syntax have been integral parts of feminist writing in France. Some feminist writers even allege that any language currently spoken in the world is more or less dominated by men, or even created by men, as a result of the disadvantage of the women in participating the social life and education. When one also considers how meaning making and language are interrelated, it becomes quite clear why language plays a very significant role for the feminist writer as well as translators as they are the main distributers of their ideas around the world. Many feminist theorists engaged in language related research claim that ‘in order to change the male-dominated language, both morphological and syntactical rules will have to be revised’ (Leonardi, 2007, 42).
In the novel sister of my Heart and Vine of Desire, the writer has artistically portrayed the physical and psychological tensions and tortures to which women are subjected. She has created a new self-transformation and empowering image for women characters go through in the process of their growth. The twin novels Sister of my Heart and Vine of Desire explore the theme of love, friendship, self-transformation, assimilation self-analysis and discovery. It is also the tale of passion, jealousy and redemption. Her novels Sister of My Heart and The Vine of Desire focuses on the relationship between women but they also give a glimpse into the unavoidable and difficult circumstances where relationships are put to test under the fire of situational crisis and the way past comes to haunt the present lives of the characters and transforms their future course of action The novels effectively revisit the country of birth and Divakaruni throws light on the Indian society, customs and traditions.
Discuss the major contributions of feminist theory to the understanding of social And political life. Feminist theory has come to be recognised as an influential theory that has singled out the social exclusion of women. This could be seen as its main premise but it is a far broader perspective. Feminism has articulated that gender differences subjected to sex as argued have played a secondary role to men in the most influential decision making and power positions in society. This has caused the invisibility of women, which has become an indicator of inequality.
It is evident from reading Austen’s novel; Pride and Prejudice, that she possess a certain sense of empathy towards the female population and the roles they played in society. From the way in which the narrator speaks of the different female characters and how the female characters interact and develop throughout the plot, the women in this novel convey Austen’s distaste for the position women had in society during that period of time. In this essay I will discuss how the female characters view women and their roles in society and how they discuss topics such as; marriage, the ways in which a “proper” lady should behave, the roles of women in the family and finally how Elizabeth Bennet, the heroine in this story, portrays Austen’s subtle notion of rebellion towards these social constructs to which these women are tied to.
The God of Small Things is a typical postcolonial feminist novel with the streak of interrogative stance on the gender and caste biased system in India. Arundhati Roy makes artistic efforts to put forward the saga of the agony and fire of revolt of women that has been sparking for a long time. Female characters like Ammu, Mammachi, Baby Kochamma, Rahel, Margret and even Kochu Maria in the novel are the instruments in the hands of the novelist to put resistance to the norms, dogmas, laws, values and structures typical patriarchal apart from challenging the “Love laws” and institution of marriage which assigns more bondages for women. Ammu finds herself entirely alone and helpless to fight the system that is designed to be hostile to fair sex. Mammachi feels threatened by whatever happens on the television as she opts to view the world through small screen rather than confronting the grim and unfavouring realities of life around.
When we explore feminism of gender-rights from the perspective of Begum Rokeya, we find that she deals with the basic issues of women in a different way than most other feminists. Rokeya has shown interest in opening up the inner world of women so that they can understand that the dogmatic patriarchal society treats them as
They tried to create the consciousness about the basic rights of women in society. The first chapter illustrates the major women novelists and their portrayal of women in the male dominated society. The women novelists like Kamala Markandey, Ruth Praver Jhabvala, Nayantara Sehgal, Anita Desai, Shashi Deshpande, Mrudula Garg, Shoba De, Manju Kapur etc. have surveyed to illustrate the plight of women in a male dominated society.