Throughout history, women have often been subjected to prejudice and an inferior status to men. Due to sexist ideologies of men believing that women are not capable of controlling their own lives, women have often been reduced to the status of property. This concept is prominent in many pieces of literature to demonstrate the struggles women have to go through in a predominantly, male structured world. In the novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood, the author illustrates a woman’s battle in an extreme society ruled by men to express the misogyny occurring in the time period when it was written, 1894. Benet’s Reader’s Encyclopedia summarizes Atwood’s story as one that “depicts one woman’s chilling struggle to survive in a society ruled by misogynistic fascism, by which women are reduced to the condition of property.”
In the story, the women are oppressed by the society. This is narrated through the delivery of the main antagonist’s id, the gender inequality in enforcing laws and the marginalization of women. As a result of Rasheed’s id, Mariam and Laila are consistently physically and emotionally
Sexton’s life was hard and challenging and these characteristics were often portrayed throughout her writing. People around her often made her feel isolated and misunderstood. Sexton lived in the 1950-1960s, which is when the second wave of feminism started. Society was trying to figure out how women should fit into the community (“Her Kind”). She wrote a lot about feminism and where she believed women belonged.
During the time when Morrison wrote this story, racial discrimination was common and many people faced the consequences of it. This paper would try to highlight the issue of racism and how it affected people in their lives. ‘Recitatif’ the witty piece of literature by the Morrison is based on the two girls whose mother had abandoned them. They are from two different backgrounds as one is a white girl and the other is black. Toni Morrison deliberately hides the true identities of the girls so that she could keep her readers on their toes, constantly guessing the true backgrounds of Twyla and Roberta.
In the novel Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, the protagonist, Jane, battles societal expectations and gender roles throughout her life. Her strong-willed personality clashes with the rules of being a woman and thus she is criticized frequently. Janes battle between her individuality and judgment of others is apparent and established persistently within the novel. Furthermore, these internal quarrels within Jane establish the meaning of Bronte 's work through gender roles and societal expectations.
She uses data from a field study on a battered women’s shelter in Los Angeles to back up her claims on structural intersectionality, explaining how women of color often face many structural barriers that keep them stuck in abusive relationships. The field study examines how most women at the shelter were struggling with language and financial barriers and facing racism, Crenshaw uses this information to propose that the struggles women of color face are often left unconsidered in the subject of feminism. In the fourth page of her essay, Crenshaw says, "WOC are differently situated in the economic, social and political worlds" (1250) . In making this claim, Crenshaw makes a warrant that all women of color are facing these same struggles, which is most likely true, but she only refers to the field study to support her claim, which is a generalization strategy. Making a claim about all WOC (women of color) based on the data from a single field suggests to the reader that every woman of color can be compared to the women at this one shelter in Los Angeles and all women can be properly represented by one region.
The role of women in society has been constantly changing throughout the centuries. In literature, the oppression of the female gender has been characterized by various feminist movements in which female writers broke with the ideals that were enforced in those times, in order to show the depicted role that women had during that epoch. During the 19th century, their works reflected real life situations in which they voiced their oppression and the male dominated civilization they lived in. In the 20th century, even more female writers started to denounce the treatment of women by the society, but not only by men but also by women themselves who often reinforced the stereotypes that were attributed to their gender. Female discrimination has
In The Eyes are Watching God, the author Zora Neale Hurston expresses the struggles of women and black societies of the time period. When Hurston published the book, communities were segregated and black communities were full of stereotypes from the outside world. Janie, who represents the main protagonist and hero, explores these communities on her journey in the novel. Janie shows the ideals of feminism, love, and heroism in her rough life in The Eyes. Janie, as the hero of the novel, shows the heroic qualities of determination, empathy, and bravery.
Symbolism and authors style and its effect on the plot In literature, authors will often utilize symbolism in order to develop characters and plot. In The Bluest Eye, the author, Toni Morrison portrays an African American girl named Pecola, who is stricken with longing for a better life. As she muddles through her difficult childhood, her once innocent interpretation of race and beauty are deformed by the beauty standards that dominated the mid-20th century society. She believes that beauty is dependent upon love, and her self-image, in particular, her eyes, plays a big role in the novel. She consistently attributes her struggles and failures to her lack of blue eyes, and believes that by having blue eyes, her struggle will go away.
Toni Morrison is the most important contemporary women novelists and critics in African-American Literature. The descriptive-analytical method of study by analyzing the situations, the characters and themes, the status of women in Literature are revealed and represented. Morrison very well describes how different women characters react and respond differently to the injustice and the inhumanity imposed on them in African-American society. African American writers are concerned with the lack of literature fostering strong female models.
Due to the fact that she is a woman, Burkett is rather sensitive towards how people characterize her gender and makes the reader feel sympathy and she says, “I have fought for many of my 68 years against efforts to put women — our brains, our hearts, our bodies, even our moods — into tidy boxes, to reduce us to hoary stereotypes.” Burkett has spent a large portion of her life putting effort into how others viewed women and the transgender community is putting all of her effort to waste. Also, Burkett says, “The ‘I was born in the wrong body’ rhetoric favored by other trans people doesn’t work any better and is just as offensive, reducing us to our collective breasts and vaginas.” Burkett is conveying her feelings towards the transgenders’ excuses saying that although they claim that they have always been a woman on the inside, they are not entitled to calling themselves as such because they haven’t faced the difficulties that women who have always been a woman
Hope for a Sexually Egalitarian Society According to Gayle Rubin, literature on women often focuses on the nature and origin of female oppression and social subordination. By understanding many authors intent when writing female literature, one can infer that the novel Herland, by Charlotte Perkins, is an attempt to question the male role in female oppression. Understanding Rubin Perks and other writers who choose to speak in favor of female equality; one begins questions if equality is possible. Rubin states that “if innate male aggression and dominance are at root of female oppression, then the feminist program would logically require the extermination of the offending sex”.