3.3. Feminism There are many instances in the novel in which feminist ideology is visible. Traumatized by her childhood experiences, Celie seeks acceptance and fulfilment in relationships built with women. As has been mentioned in the first chapter, Alice Walker states that women may love other women “sexually and/or nonsexually” (1983). This passage becomes one of the main statements defining the term womanism discussed previously in the thesis.
The author of “Two Kinds”, Amy Tan creates a touching story by making the mother a static protagonist because she tries to make her daughter into someone she’s not, puts pressure and emotional stress on the main character, and doesn’t accept her daughter for who she already is. Suyuan brings the majority of the conflict to the story. The mother brings conflict into the story when she attempts to make June into someone she is not after comparing her to other children that she sees on television. For example, in the third paragraph the author writes “We’d watch Shirley’s old movies on TV as though they were training films” (Tan, 471). That part of the story indicates that the mother is trying to train June into becoming just like the little girl seen on TV.
Meanwhile, Penelope’s society has imprisoned her in another planet until she can see herself through the eyes of her fathers. Both governments use manipulative propaganda and the appearance of deliverance, to subjugate Moira and Penelope, resulting in different reactions from the women. Moira, in The Handmaid’s Tale, experienced manipulative propaganda during her time at the Red Center through the lessons taught by the Aunts who enforce the doctrine of Gilead on the Handmaids. The reader learns that Moira resides in an environment in which “The chances [of having a healthy baby] are one in four [and] the air got too full, once of chemicals” (Atwood, 112). The pollution in the air affects the Gilead birth rate and causes birth defects, resulting in the Gilead having to create and manipulate Handmaids through propaganda.
That included the Woman’s Marches at the beginning of last year and the ongoing #metoo and #timesup movements that have been revealing grave misbehaviour toward women in various areas of society. Thus, in the wake of recent events, She Kills Monsters is a timely production emphasizing female empowerment, tolerance and social adversity and diversity focused on by the number of fight-scenes and the depiction of Tilly’s partially romantic relationship with Lillith. Furthermore, it deals with the philosophical perception of life through two initially antagonist lifestyles that are coined by both missing excitement and escapism. After the death of Tilly, Agnes starts to acknowledge the fact that she failed to strive familiarizing with Tilly and her affection for D&D. Simultaneously, she is disappointed at Miles for taking their relationship slow by not having already asked her to move in with him or even proposing to her.
Thousands of women have screamed at the top of their lungs, clawed at the patriarchy, and tirelessly fought for their rights as citizens of the United States of America. From the beginning of mankind, women have been labeled as inferior to men not only physically, but mentally and intellectually as well. Only in 1920 did women gain the right to voice their opinions in government elections with a vote, while wealthy white men received the expected right since the creation of the United States. A pioneer in women’s suffrage, Susan B. Anthony publicly spoke out against this hypocrisy in a time when women were only seen as child bearers and household keepers. Using the United State’s very own Constitution and Declaration as ammunition, Anthony wrote countless speeches and called for the right to vote in a country that boasted equality and freedom for all, yet women were not included.
Malala classifies her message as powerful by the usage of emotional language in which it attracts the eyes and ears of people around the world. We are all in this world together and we need to evolve together and change for the best in this world. In the beginning, Malala states, “... It is not at all uncommon for women in my country to be illiterate, but to see my mother… struggle to read the prices in the bazaar was an unspoken sadness for both of us” ( Yousafzai, pg. 23).
The most important moment that Sethe ever has with her mother is when she shows Sethe the slave’s mark upon her body, “the cross in the circle burned into the skin under her breast, by which Sethe will be able to identify her if the need should ever come.”(61) As a result of her motherless childhood, Sethe wishes to be the woman and the mother who has “milk love enough for all.”(100) As Paul D informs Sethe, this kind of love is unhealthy for a former slave woman, who might have anyone or anything taken from her at a moment’s notice. She is considered overprotective, over obsessed and too prideful because of her attitude about her mothering. Even though Sethe lacks a real knowledge of her mother when she was a child, she is still able to claim some information about her from Nan, who was assigned to care for Sethe and the other slave children. Her memory of the
In Florence Kelley's speech, she reveals her distraught views about child labor. Kelley argues the cruelty of “little white girls” being forced to work at unreasonable hours of the night while the common adult is at home receiving a good night's rest. Kelley underscores her ideas with exemplification, comparisons, and repetition. She begins her address by stating factual evidence: “We have, in this country, two million children under the age of sixteen years who are earning their bread.” This powerful opening statement grabs the audience’s attention and highlights the labor induced community in which the children are suffering from. The audience now have some insight of her alarming topic.
This is how ideas of Feminism abound in literature. Indeed, “The Giant Wistaria” as written by Charlotte Stetson (1998) demonstrates various feminist underpinnings. As the story starts, a reader notes that a family is trying to deal with the fact that their daughter has given birth