It tells about how Celie’s life became a very hard one because she had undergone severe maltreatment, abuse and sorrows which started on her adolescent years until her married life. This essay will tackle the subject of feminism inspired from the story of Celie and how she was able to transform herself from a weak and vulnerable girl into a brave and self-sufficient woman who could prove her abilities to cope life’s struggle and became aware with her equal rights in the society. Feminism Definition Accoring to (Morris, 1993), feminism is a political perception based on two fundamental premises: first is that gender difference is the foundation of a structural inequality between women and men, by which women suffer systematic social injustice; and second is that the inequality between sexes is not the result of biological necessity but is produced by the environmental construction of gender differences. Feminists believe that the
Authors, especially female authors, have long used their writing to emphasize and analyze the feminist issues that characterize society, both in the past and the present. Kate Chopin, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and Susan Glaspell wrote narratives that best examined feminist movements through the unreliable minds of their characters. In all three stories, “The Story of an Hour”, “The Yellow Wallpaper”, and “A Jury of Her Peers”, the authors use characterization, symbolism, and foreshadowing to describe the characters’ apparent psychosis or unreasonable behavior to shed light on the social issues that characterized the late 19th century and early 20th century. Penning many stories that demonstrate her opinions on the social issues of the era,
Throughout history, women have had to fight against stigma and stereotypes in society. In every era, from the ancient world to present day, females have been persecuted and taken advantage of due to their gender. In our previous set of readings, the female protagonists were strong characters who defied weak stereotypes, but were still viewed as lesser beings than men. In our second group of readings, where were written more recently, women saw a slight increase in their sovereignty. All depict women as powerful figures who use their wits to make a better life for themselves.
Sojourner Truth and Lucille Clifton, a powerful public speaker and a powerful African-American poet, both use the power of words to promote change. The pieces given from Sojourner Truth famously advocated women's rights and denounced slavery. The fundamentals of Lucille Clifton's pieces relate openly to slavery, her family, strong women and her heritage. Both these women use the effectiveness of speaking and writing to try and expose the exposition of social injustice and the inequality between the genders. Truth's famous speech, “Ain’t I a Woman?”
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, a critic of Swift’s beliefs and the standards placed on women at the time, published letters and poems demonstrating her knowledge and spunk. One such poem, “The Reasons That Induced Dr. Swift to Write a Poem Called the Lady’s Dressing Room,” was written in response to Swift’s “The Lady’s Dressing Room.” Swift’s disgusting poem goes into grotesque detail about the objects in a woman’s dressing room. Montagu’s poem fights against Swift’s assertion that women are disgusting by nature by discussing their disgusting habits as a sort of power play. Montagu, as a non-traditional woman, serves as the underdog seeking power for herself and women in
Chicana writers play a vital role in the development of the Chicana movement throughout the 1970’s and ‘80’s by sharing the truths of Latina women and their struggles to gain social equality within the male-dominated Chicano movement and to create their own space in the Liberation Movement occupied by white women. The experience as a woman of color is much more complex than the struggles affecting a middle-class white woman described in The Feminist Mystique by Betty Friedan. Chicana writers discuss the importance of intersectionality such as sex/gender along with race, class, sexual orientation, and immigration status all adding to the layers of oppression faced by minority women. The men and women’s goal of the Chicano movement was to end
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.
A Modern View of Feminist Criticism William Shakespeare 's "Othello” can be analyzed from a feminist perspective. This criticism focuses on relationships between genders, like the patterns of thoughts, behavior, values, enfranchisement, and power in relations between and within sexes. A feminist examination of the play enables us to judge the distinctive social esteems and status of women and proposes that the male-female power connections that become an integral factor in scenes of Othello impact its comprehension. I believe that the critical lens that provides modern society with the most compelling view of literature is Feminist Criticism because it analyzes distrust and disloyalty among relationships, women being treated as possessions
Margaret Atwood’s novel “The Robber Bride” is an iconic piece of modern day literature that centralizes around the concept of female empowerment and acutely focuses on representation through the defined actions, dialogue and perspective of these women. For one, there is a fight against oppressive gender inequality. Women have always been looked down upon while unapologetically regarding them as accessories which they are often seen through the male gaze. However the fight for terminating these outdated stereotypes is shown when Roz’s fifteen year old twins opt for substituting every character role in stories as women for “the twins remain true to their principles, they do not flinch. They opt for women, in every single role” (Atwood 376).
Feminism is the philosophy, found in both literature and society, that the Western world is fundamentally patriarchal. Throughout the play, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, there are several examples of women being oppressed, as seen through the feminist critical lens. Miller uses male characters to reference to women objectively to help demonstrate this. This teaches that women are oppressed not just in literature, but in life. The female characters gain power in a male-dominated society through an elaborate plot of accusations and executions.