adhered women’s rights to racial equality and social injustice by using her experiences of injustice and brutality as a slave, to connect with her audience. She pursued the idea of separation between the North and the South, insisting that women should join forces to fight for their rights, speaking up to be heard. She goes further to refute the common assumption that women are were delicate beings, created solely for beauty; women are transformed into feminine and fragile beings because of their size, strength, and stature compared to men’s, which deems them weaker than men. She does so by comparing the life of a slave woman to women in society, and men. “Look at me!
The two friends of Enda each display a very different type of woman for the reader to evaluate, and compare Enda too. Adele is (as before mentioned) the ideal woman of society, and then Mademoiselle represents the opposite and independent side of that. These persons are included in Enda’s social circle to represent the fluctuation between the two personalities that Enda experiences in finding out who she wants to become. Chopin wrote the character of Adele to demonstrate how similar the two may have seemed in the beginning. As well as to show how far apart the women seemed to be towards the end.
Some women responded in opposition; they believed that it was a time of suffrage and social change. Elizabeth Cady Stanton proclaimed that “NOW’s THE HOUR- Not the negro’s hour” alone, but everybody’s hour” as a response to Douglass’s assertion in the precedence of black suffrage. Her perspective as a white woman does not allow for empathy for the black race. Although she has championed for their cause, she cannot be as passionate nor can it be as relevant to her as Frederick Douglass. Stanton’s anger at the 15th amendment is understandable, considering the support she had for the abolition movement.
The show goes against the stereotypical views of darker skin females by creating a character like Mary Jane that has an education, financially stable with African features and acknowledge and embraces her sexuality (West, “Mammy, Jezebel, Sapphire and Their Home girls”). Although all forms of media objectives women of all kinds, the media seem to praise white females for embracing their sexuality. They called it “liberation” from their male counterparts. A black women would always be deemed hypersexual by their skin color. “Throughout history, Black female sexuality has been constantly suppressed in order to uplift white female sexuality as more demure and obedient” (Izah, “Sexual Liberation Is for White Women, According to
“Women have a much better time than men in this world; there are far more things forbidden to them.” This Oscar Wilde quote is a fitting example for women during the late 1800’s. This is especially true for our main characters’ in Charlotte Gilman’s short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” and Kate Chopin’s novella The Awakening. Both the protagonists experience whims that are forbidden to them due to their status as women. Chopin and Gilman utilize symbolism and point of view to illustrate the oppressed role of women in society during the nineteenth century. One element the authors use to develop the theme is symbolism.
“Everyday Use” is one of the most popular stories by Alice Walker. The issue that this story raises is very pertinent from ‘womanist’ perspective. The term, in its broader sense, designates a culture specific form of woman-referred policy and theory. ‘womanism’ may be defined as a strand within ‘black feminism’. As against womansim, feminist movement of the day was predominately white-centric.
Literary Analysis of Anthem One could say that a woman that grew up in a strict, un-individual society would be all for gender equality, but that is not the case for Ayn Rand’s book, Anthem, which shows a very primal, sexist, view of women. Rand shows this view as it evolves throughout the story when Liberty first meets Equality and is a cold, merciless, and unkind woman, to becoming a completely obedient, submissive, servant. The ongoing relationship between Equality and Liberty shows Ayn Rand’s viewpoint on women, that when they are in the presence of an independent man, that they will become submissive. “We found garments and the Golden One gasped at the sight of them”(Rand 91). This is an example of a typical stereotype, that all women are obsessed with clothing and their appearance.
According to Mary Urbanski, “Margaret Fuller is the most important woman of the 19th century” and author of Woman in the Nineteenth Century, which was the intellectual foundation of the feminist movement (3). By including Transcendentalist thought in her arguments, which have their basis with her feminist predecessors, Fuller brought the issue of women’s rights beyond the social sphere to the inner self as the focus that would change society and its institutions rather than revolution or political action. Cole argues that Margaret Fuller’s contribution to the feminist tradition deserves more recognition because she expanded upon arguments and appeals made by her predecessors, but I argue that its her unique rhetorical style combined with her
They fought for these rights in only way they could, by writing. 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.
Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and Othello are similar in how women are viewed by other characters. By examining other characters objectifying women, men disrespecting women, and the social stigma around women’s actions it proves that women are treated fairly similar and poorly. First, other characters are seen objectifying women in these plays. Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing portrays Hero as a prize to be won. Bennedick goes as far to ask Claudio, “Would you buy her, that you enquire after her?” clearly talking about hero as an object they can purchase (I.i.162).