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 and shows the representation of powerful women. Modern society would analyze literature using a feminist perspective because most literature analyzes the relationship between genders and the powerful influence and meaning it has to the readers life. Othello is a great play to analyze with many different types of literature criticisms, but Feminist Criticism analyzes the plot and the main characters situation most. It is still so common to see many of the points presented in the book till this day, men believing that they are stronger than women and treating them as inferior. Even so women are trying to make their voice be heard and demonstrating everyday the vital impact they have in society.
Thus, Bradstreet employed maneuvering, ironic, and sarcastic verses in her poems to assuage the troubles of women, and to emancipate them. One of these poems is The Prologue. In this poem, Bradstreet manifested her feminist voice and approach in an unprecedented intellectual way. It would be pragmatic to elicit first what’s intended by the title of the poem. The word ‘prologue’ means a separate introductory or preface to a kind of a literary work.
In order to show the manner in which Dickinson’s and Plath's poems portray gender relations and, more specifically, how they granted women a strong voice, I will analyze several poems and a novel. Historical background of that time will allow us an insight of the important processes in which many women were engaged. These processes refer to the First and Second Wave of Feminism. Although Dickinson and Plath were not active members of these movements, they are considered to be one of the cornerstones of modern and more equal world. 2.
One major way was how femininity was portrayed through literature during these time periods. During the Anglo-Norman period, we can analyze works such as, Marie de France’s, Lanval, to see that feminine power was not only accepted but put on a sort of on a pedestal. Women were controlling men through their seductive manners, and men were going with it. However, taking a turn into the Medieval period we see works such as Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. We see how in the beginning femininity is all powerful, but by the end, feminine power is something to be shameful about.
In the play The Crucible, written by Arthur Miller, we learn several important concepts but the one that I can make the most connections with the story is the phrase, "Hell hath no fury like that of a women scorned", which the three major characters Abigail Williams, Elizabeth Proctor, and Ann Putnam can resemble this remark about being angry and seeking for vengeance more than the devil or hell could bring on this earth due to being hurt by a loved one or jealousy from an unfair event. The first example of a women showing these acts is Abigail Williams. Once in love with John Proctor and even had an affair with him, she has been seeking revenge since John Proctor does not share the same feelings for her and only used her
What is incredible about this woman is her Cynic rhetoric, her nonconformity to traditional gender roles, and her embodiment of anaideia, or shamelessness. As a teenager, she decided to adopt the Cynic ideology when she fell in love with Crates the Cynic, whom she later married. By marrying a Cynic, even though they see marriage as a social institution, thus unsuitable for someone with this creed, she performed her first Cynic deed of “changing the currency” (parakraitten to nomismata). This term “implied rejection of the prevailing social and political order in favor of an unconventional, self-sufficient life as a ‘citizen of the universe’ (kosmopolites)” (Piering, “Hipparchia”). By doing this, Hipparchia went against the societal expectations that were set up for her by her family and
In the play of Shakespeare entitled Macbeth, we have cited different philosophies that were shown in the play itself. Some of this includes feminism, opportunism, personalism, and instrumentalism and existentialism According to the Maggie Humm and Rebecca Walker, Feminism is a range of , ideologies, political movements and social movements that has a single goal: to establish, define, and achieve political, economic, personal, and social rights for women that is equivalent to those that men’s have. This includes the campaign on giving same opportunities to both men and women. Opportunism is the conscious practice and policy of taking advantage of situations with regard for principles, or with what the aftermath are for others.
This paper seeks to offer an intrinsic analysis of the play, illustrating a society that promotes sexism, sexist exploitation and depression. The paper will use the feminist literary theory adopting key concepts: patriarchy, heteronormativity and queer theory in highlighting these instances. The writer used the text, “In the chest of a woman”, as a social commentary to highlight barriers women face in their effort to achieve their desires. As an illustration of the stated theme, Nana Yaa Kyeretwie desired to possess power, however, she being a woman placed her on a disadvantaged side as her younger brother was bestowed with the Ebusa Kingdom.
Introduction The purpose of this essay is to investigate the women’s role in Classical Greece society and literature (5th/4th century b.C.). Therefore, I decided to discuss and analyse one of the most controversial comedies of that time, “Lysistrata” by Aristophanes. This text shows how women, sick of their submissive and powerless position in the political scenario of Athens and Sparta, come on the scene and, through a smart stratagem, achieve their expected result.
Dieu d’Amour was “the first time we see a woman take up her pen in defense of her sex”. Her most famous literary works were The Book of the City of Ladies and The Treasure of the City of Ladies. In The Book of the City of Ladies Pizan responded to misogynistic constructs of society during the time and portrayed important contributions women had made to history and society. She created a symbolic city in which society appreciates women and believes in the equality of the sexes. In her other book, The Treasure of the City of Ladies, she instructs women of all socioeconomic standings how to play a significant role in society.
In Shakespearean plays, women are shown as dynamic individuals with potent messages about moral norms and just rights. Shakespeare presents his understanding on the “essence” of femininity through a character known as Beatrice in his play titled Much Ado About Nothing. Beatrice developed her façade that is presented in the beginning of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing through, what is referenced as, past experience. Beatrice left her façade behind and expressed her true self through Hero and Ursula’s cunning trick that taunted her to supposedly marry Benedick.
Shakespeare’s Views on Gender Roles Gender roles in Shakespeare’s time played a crucial role in all of his plays, sonnets, and writings in general. Even though during his time, the views on gender roles were much different than today, Shakespeare still found a way to make his views of the various roles of men and women very clear. Through the art of language and poetry, Shakespeare’s views of men and women in society were well known and portrayed to his audiences, whether it was in 1597 or 2016. When Shakespeare began writing, he was writing during the Elizabethan age.
The Handmaid’s Tale has been very much part of the feminist movement and is always insisting on finding out information on individual perspectives. It examines traditional attitudes that are embedded on thinking that religious rights are particularly threatening. It dares to name an enemy, and if that person is a female, the enemy could have everyone you have ever loved. The novel is a tragic story, where a woman is successful in one way or another oppressed, by means of sexual violence, knowledge, and power. However, today 's government and people around the world believe that women should and are able to encourage their highest potential.