The women are treated as if their welfare is unimportant because women are thought of as a mere decoration to the society and are considered useless enough to not pay any attention to. Another evidence, according to Hosseini (2007), “ “...You are not able to think like we can. Western doctors and their science have proven this, This is why we require only one male witness but two female ones” ” (p.390). This proves how
She is also empowering herself, which is also a form of resistance against the government as they do not want women to have power. In addition, Fred shows resistance by idealizing her friend Moira for escaping the Red Center. This is shown when Fred says that “Moira marched straight out the front door, with the bearing of a person who knew where she was going…and disappeared” (“Atwood 132”). This shows resistance because not only does Moira threaten an Aunt and steal her pass and clothes, but she walks out the front door in front of the guardians and leaves. This shows that Moira is her own boss and will do anything to get out and defy the government.
It shows that scout believes that women have a minuscule amount of power, and that she needs to act like a boy for her to even be recognized by Jem as a member of the group. Gender equality is not fully intact, as shown explicitly throughout the novel. Scout is not the only woman who feels the impact of sexism in the novel. Especially in that time, women were not treated as equals in many circumstances. Women are also set a standard to be ladies, doing things such as wearing dresses and not playing outside like males are allowed to.
Buzot countered his claims by stating women are fragile beings, they are to be protected, and they need not join men on the battle field of war where they will be killed. Still holding true to his belief Rolin argued against Buzot’s idea ‘women belong in the home,’ saying ‘women work on the docks’ they are capable of pulling their own weight and then some.
Tradition in Mexico as portrayed in Like Water for Chocolate means that Tita is prohibited to marry because it is her responsibility to care for her mother until she passes away, “…you have to take care of me until the day I die…” (Esquivel 9). It is evident that the culture in Esquivel’s text dictates the place and role of women. Tita’s mother, Mama Elena De la Garza is a cruel and harsh woman who is far removed from the conventional view of mothers. Mama Elena is rather portrayed as an evil parent; a twisted, tyrannical, and authoritarian, woman who enjoys using her power to destroy and demean her daughters whilst being “…merciless, killing with a single blow…” (Esquivel 47). Mama Elena keeps Tita on surveillance and impedes any chance for Tita to find love.
The Handmaid’s Tale is a story set in the Republic of Gilead, a dystopian imagining of the future of the U.S.. The country that the author creates is one in which no form of total freedom exists and people are punished for what had been normal in the past. But worst of all, in that world, women are merely tools and their only purposes are a. to govern over other women, b. to cook and do housework, and c. to procreate. The story is told from the perspective of Offred, who is a Handmaid, given the role of reproduction. This is, apparently, a role that is necessary to increase the birth rate of the republic that dropped below the zero line of replacement (p.113).
In the novel A Thousand Splendid Suns, communism and the Taliban take over Afghanistan causing issues including war and oppression, especially towards women. The Taliban was very aggressive towards women and would enforce vicious rules, “Attention women: You will stay inside your homes at all times. It is not proper for women to wander aimlessly about the streets. If you go outside, you must be accompanied by a mahram, a male relative. If you are caught alone on the street, you will be beaten and sent home” (Hosseini, 278).
The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood, demonstrates that a lack of freedom leads to a breaking of rules. After living in a world with no freedom with only memories of her life before, Offred begins to get frustrated. Once Offred begins to see that even high ranking people in this society break the rules, she begins to as well. Although, Offred knows breaking the rules is wrong and can have consequences she can not continue to live this way. It began with small rules such as women in the red center communicating and sharing names.
Instead, the novel is a patchwork of flashbacks and lengthy sidetracks that weave together to tell the story of the Kochamma family. Keywords: Dalits, culture, conflicts, marginalized, exploitation, relationships, misperception. INTRODUCTION The main events of the novel are traced back through the complex history of their causes, and memories are revealed as they relate to each other thematically and as they might appear in Rahel’s mind.To start with, Mamachi and her daughter, Ammu are the main victims of exploitation. They don’t have any social recognition and depend totally on male members. They are made to follow the love laws as binding cultural norms and misbehaviour of these meant an open invitation to wrath.
As slaves, women were supposed to give birth to as many children as possible because in the future their children would work as slaves and would become cheap labor. Women were aware of these procedures and, that is why, they were reluctant to have more children. What is more, they did not know how to prepare a child for the injustice based solely on their skin color. That is why, some researchers state that a black woman`s motherhood was profoundly shattered and “needless to say, her power as matriarch is drastically limited by the bonds of racism, sexism, and poverty” (Rich, 1976: 204). In juxtaposition with this view, Barbara Hill Rigney argues that Sethe’s role as a mother is diminished because of slavery “the Great Mother, the giver of both life and wisdom, who is nommo, the creative potential and the sacred aspect of nature itself.