Margaret Atwood, a canadian-born poet, award winning writer, and a proclaimed feminist, wrote several poems dedicated to women and their struggles. Atwood explained to Judy Klemesrud in the New York Times, “My women suffer because most of the women I talk to seem to have suffered.” Since then, Atwood has become known and recognized as a feminist. Atwood’s attentiveness to women and their experiences are shown in many of her works; Including “This Photograph of Me” and the “Siren Song”, a poem that remodels Homer’s epic The Odyssey. Atwood’s unique perspective classifies her as a great feminist poets. Furthermore, Atwood, who was surrounded by the intellect of the female faculty members at Victoria College, often portrays female characters dominated by the patriarchal society in her poems.
Conclusion For the black mother, motherhood learns exactly what is entailed in the acceptance of responsibility for a new life. The taking on new responsibility will accept of suffering, sacrifice and a lot of love. The present paper is a discussion of the sufferings have been the most suppressing challenges in the lives of African American women as depicted in two great novels, The Color Purple and Meridian by Alice Walker. Alice Walker is one of the most influential figures in the American literature. Her writings are widely influential among the Western culture to see the black female as mankind nor women.
The treatment and representation of women in African narratives has always posed a large number of debatable questions. With apparent male domination, the women are often marginalized and depicted as mere objects. According to Charles C. Fonchingong’s essay, ‘Unbending Gender Narratives in African Literature’, Chukukere (1995) affirms that ‘the ideal female character created by male writers often acts within the framework of her traditional roles as wife and mother. So strong are social values that the respect and love which a woman earns is relative to the degree of
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
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.
Anita Nair, is one such writer who portrays realistic female characters in her works. Her strength as a writer lies in bringing alive the everyday thoughts desires and doubts Nair portrays her-female characters as a realistic nature of thoughts and ideas in her novels. This paper focuses on quest for identity and the feministic approach of female characters in Anita Nair’s second novel Ladies coupe. Key words : Post-colonial society; quest for identify; women’s emancipation. Identity is a state of mind that is granted by the interaction with the fellow beings in the society and also, by the acceptance in the society.
The novel raises the questions whether the role of an Indian woman as a representative of other women, living under oppressive patriarchal systems in relation to cultural resistance, should be restricted only to their roles as wives and mothers. In such a world, woman’s role is limited to reproduction regardless of her own desires and needs. Hence, this paper tries to point out how Anita Nair projects Indian feminism and attitude through women characters in her novels. Keywords: Feminism, Patriarchy, Self-identity. ________________________________________ “Feminism is the recognition of the domination of men over Women and attempts by women to end male privilege….
The attempts to create female enclave are extremist reaction, but the recent trends in feminist literature are an indication that it is possible for women to live independently in the world where men also live. In the twentieth century, women’s writing is considered a powerful medium that brings out some features of feminism. Their novels speak of certain burning issues related to women as well as those issues that exist in society. Their writings speaks about the psyche of the female. The majority of these novels portray the psychological sufferings of frustrated housewives.
In the contemporary scenario there are many women writers who, through their writings, have been successfully in protecting the existing social inequality. In case of Arundhati Roy, who has her own opinion on society and has successfully made a mark for herself in the world arena. Arundhati Roy’s novel The God of Small Things can be seen as one of the most powerful novels on definite social problems that of the oppression of the downtrodden, also touching upon related problems. The present study aims to highlight the social discriminations which the characters suffer throughout the novel. Light will be thrown on how women protagonists are victims of the prevalent gross gender discrimination.
The domination of men over women is often characterized by physical and psychological victimization of women and enhancement of their misery. This male domination is not limited to any particular region or particular period but it is globalised problem of all the times. Many women writers enter the literary scene to motivate women and fight against male domination. Walker is one among these sort of writers. Alice walker in her novels portrays the world view of women and their worthy roles, as mother, sister, daughter, wife and beloved.