On the other hand, the depiction of Margaret Mitchell of her Southern Belle is a bit different from the classical Blanche. In Gone with the Wind, the portrayal of Scarlett O’Hara shows a more versatile Southern Belle that transforms and adapts to life in Atlanta and on the plantation. Scarlet is seen from the beginning as a pragmatic woman who fights for what she wants regardless of society’s rules. However, this feature turns her into a social outcast because she is permanently judged by society for her bold decisions (not wearing mourning clothes after her husband’s
On the contrary, Hester’s character portrays individualism, rebellious and brave although she had to go through hard times. Later we have found that even society has admiration towards Hester. Additionally, Hester’s courage can be seen when she was brought to Scaffold to condemn her punishment for adultery where she was asked to confess the name of her lover. She does not confess even when she was being mocked and made to wear the Scarlet letter “A” which marks of an adulterous. She stands boldly, though she felt devastating inside.
In Survival, Atwood presents four "Basic Victim Positions," which include denying victimization, acquiescing in victimization, repudiating victimization, and becoming a creative non-victim" (36-39). Recognition of victimization deals with Atwood’s initial two "positions " when a woman admit that she is a victim. Rejection of being victim is concerned with Atwood’s final two "positions" when a victim learns to fight victimization, and perhaps, succeeds well enough to live as a fully functioning, "creative non-victim" (38). Terms like ‘victimization’, ‘survival’, and ‘struggle’ seem to be politically biased, but Atwood masterfully shows how these terms are not hyperbolic. She
Selena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak, but at an unspeakable cost. Now she has to face her heritage which will change her life and her future. The first part of the book and into the second part is Selena’s journey to master her powers. She faces a long, difficult battle to achieve this, but eventually she masters her powers with the help of Rowan the blood prince to Queen Maeve. Queen Maeve is evil, but has Selena bowing at her command because Selena needs answers that only Maeve has.
John Updike described Hester Prynne, the main protagonist, as “a mythic version of every woman’s attempt to integrate her sexuality with societal demands.” In The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne was used as a symbol of women’s struggle and acceptance to meet society’s expectations as a woman and especially as a wife. These expectations being; loyal, the proper mom for her child and following the guidelines of the Bible by not committing any sins, etc. She was labeled as an adulterer but above everything else she became a power identity and a symbol of bravery. Before understanding why Hester was a mythic version for all these reasons, it is important to first understand who Hester is, what she did and why she is such a crucial character in this 1850 romance novel. Hester Prynne is mother of Pearl whom she had through an affair with Arthur Dimmesdale.
The Thousand Faces of Night is not just a womanish novel but it is a definite feminist writing in which myths are revisioned, rewrote and retold from a female point of view. The focus of this novel is on the inner lives of women, the inner spaces are reflected detail. We have great Saints, Rishis in our land who taught their people the art of living. We have produced great epics of the world that is Ramayana and Mahabharata which invariable preach the principles of life to the people. In classical Greek ‘Mythos’ signified any story or plot, whether true or invented.
In Lady Gregory’s earlier drafts, Grania is protrayed the conventional innocent female, who is dependent on males, and who wants to remain in a secure environment. However, Gregory began to focus on Grania 's “...precise recognition of the common root of jealousy and egotism that unites Finn and Diarmuid.” (Waters 14). Grania’s epiphany reflects Lady Gregory’s personal response against the cliches regarding femininity. This recognition, is a key element in Grania’s transformation in the final version as a heroine. Later in the play, Waters suggests that Grania becomes an authority figure.
I will also discuss the circumstances of the isolation as empowering element in the narrator’s case. Finally I will present how the writer considered the narrator as a free independent mind even when put in isolation and her ability to get her readers to respond with both horror and also sympathy. Charlotte Perkins Gilman was an outspoken renowned feminist writer in the 19th century. Her works reflected women state in male dominant community. The background of the writer was similar to that of the narrator in The Yellow Wallpaper.
Courage. Courage is when you are willing to go above and beyond, past your own boundaries, to fight the monster we call fear. Mildred D. Taylor has written us this amazing novel called, Role of thunder hear my cry. This book is told through the mouth of a young colored girl who has many courageous moments, and stands up for her convictions. This courageous young girl’s name is Cassie Logan.
The Devil in Her Eyes: Oppression, Allowable Femininity, and Good Versus Evil in Beowulf Beowulf, the lauded Anglo-Saxon epic poem of unknown authorship, contains deeply embedded themes of Good versus Evil, especially between the female characters. Queen Wealtheow and Grendel’s Mother have detailed descriptions based on their contrasting physical appearances, allowing the author to subject them to reduction to body. Both characters, while vastly different in actions and motivators, are strong, passionate women who attempt to protect their progeny at all cost. However, both fall victim to instrumentality as the author assigns honor to Queen Wealtheow’s actions, and forces Grendel’s Mother into a base and despicable role. Queen Wealtheow is a shining example of acceptable femininity as defined by the patriarchy, yet even she is not immune to being silenced by the author for his own purposes.