Khaled Hosseini has an interesting way of portraying the two female protagonists. He discloses the tyranny and hostility that the Taliban enforce on women just because of their sex. A critic viewed the novel as ‘a powerful portrait of female suffering’ making the reader explicitly aware of the harsh environment Mariam and Laila had to tolerate. One review expressed that ‘Hosseini defends the rights of women to decide what to be in life’, this could show that Hosseini directed the novel to be in favor of feminist views.
The Bluest Eye: Beauty People often say that “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” in The Bluest Eye this takes a new meaning. The Bluest Eye is Toni Morrison 's first novel published in 1970. Set in the author 's hometown in Lorrain, Ohio, it narrates the story of a black little girl named Pecola Breedlove. Pecola prays for blue eyes like the ones her idol Shirley Temple has, because that way she will be beautiful and loved. Throughout the novel Toni Morrison takes us on Pecola 's journey to self-destruction because she lives in world that doesn 't find her beautiful or even worth to be looked at.
The girl wanted to be closer to her father in spite of the fact she was afraid of him a little and did not know what he thought about, unlike her mother. “In this he was quite different from my mother, who... would tell me all sorts of things” (Munro 3). Narrator’s mother was ready to share her memories with daughter, but the girl did not view her as a true ally. The woman wanted to implant her child woman behavior, and the narrator did not want to play a standardized female role. The girl did not like any types of the housework and did not obey to her mother or other female relatives.
She only went to school for a few years because she had to take care of her family, so Mayella’s opportunity to learn the proper ways of a woman vanished. She never learned moral values like telling the truth, and was never treated with respect. When she was being called “ma’am” in court, she accused Atticus of making fun of her, but if she stayed in school she would have known that is how to properly address others. The flowers in Mayella’s garden symbolize how she needs beauty in her ugly life, and how caring is a positive thing, but sometimes no matter how hard you try hard, the things you care about will still die (like her relationship with Tom Robinson). Mayella grew up with an abusive father, so she never learns how actions can have consequences.
Something that the men only brushed off as a joke when the women brought it up. The oppression of women was not at the top of the list in everyday conversation because people did not think it was something that was an everyday occurrence, however, Susan Glaspell changed this when she wrote her short play Trifles. The female characters stand up for Mrs. Wright and defend her from the scrutinizing remarks of their husbands and hide her dead bird that could have been used against her as a motivation in her trial for the murder of her husband. Susan Glaspell uses Trifles, a realist piece, to shows women 's oppression in everyday life, her text is very influential to the women 's movement by showing women they need to unite and stand up for one another. Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters are two everyday house wives during the early 1900 's
The short story, Prairie Gender, written by Rae Spoon examines ones’ difficulty identifying with a single gender. Spoon uses the literary device, irony in order to express the confusion and difficulty people have with gender. More specifically, the use of irony is used due to the fact that the gender conventions of society are flipped in the protagonists home town. Throughout the short story, the protagonist struggles to identify as a male or a female, primarily, due to the strict gender conventions society places on each gender.
Although Eliot contested feminism in her time, claiming to be “a daughter of the fathers” (Mitchell 14), her novels nonetheless strive to give a realistic depiction of social outsiders and small town persecution .Rather than creating “silly novels by lady novelists [who] rarely introduce us into any other than very lofty and fashionable society” (Eliot 1856), Eliot challenges the representations of dark women in traditional English society, much like a late Jean Rhys in Wide Sargasso Sea, detailing their hardships and unpleasant endings. Therefore, in analysing what Philip terms as Maggie’s “long suicide” (Eliot 429), I aim to uncover the years of societal abuse dark women endured in European society,
The king was already tired of his wife and very affected by the fact that she couldn’t give him a male heir, so he sought comfort in other women’s arms, including Mary, Anne’s sister. But the odds were in Anne’s favor who was soon to become “the most happy” queen. Her youth, charm, intelligence and ambition helped her get the King’s attention. At first, Anne denied Henry VIII’s sexual favors saying that she wanted to be “A Queen or not at all” . Henry, who hated writing letters, used to write Anne love letters on a regular basis while she was away from court.
In the novel, ‘A Gathering Light’ one main idea Jennifer Donnelly shows us through the book is how women are suffering from oppression. In 1906, a young girl named Mattie Gokey lives in North Woods with a dream to become a writer. Through Mattie 's journey, she challenges to overcome what the society expects her to do and not do as a woman, and the people around her who thinks her goals are absurd and the unfairness of gender roles. She was able to see and gather the determination to make a difference in women lives through the events of Miss Wilcox argument with her husband, Emmie 's life after marriage, and Mattie 's acceptance letter to Barnard
John Steinbeck’s short story, “Chrysanthemums”, was written in 1938. The story tells of a woman’s struggle to find self respect and worth from her male counterpart within a very patriarchal society. Throughout the story symbols are constantly used and Steinbeck specifically chooses symbolism in order to express the inequality of women during that time. The use of chrysanthemums in Steinbeck’s story is to symbolize Elisa and her self worth.
She thought her mom had stole the letter she was waiting for from an agent who could get her into her career; she assumed her mom stole it because she thought her mom would have wanted her daughter to do what “normal” women do. Also, she is not considered a “normal” wife; “normal” for that time meant she was supposed to stay inside and do chores and cook. Instead, she goes around, talks to the men working and hides from her husband. Curley’s wife is lonely because no one talks to her to prevent trouble. George said to Lennie, “well, you keep away from her, ‘cause she’s a rat trap if I’ve ever seen one (Steinbeck 32).”
The women suffragists created organizations and led marches to gain support for women 's rights. But the fight was not over and their lives were not perfect after the movement. Women tried to stick up for themselves earlier, but nobody listened. Women could not vote, could not get the jobs or the education they wanted, and they could not earn respect from men. As Martha E. Kendall wrote,“not all women married for love” (24).
Some would think that she isolated herself from the community so that she wouldn 't have to pay taxes. Another example is with the postal delivery, "when the town got free postal delivery, Miss Emily alone refused" (Faulkner,38). Emily seems like she did not want anything to do with the community, "she is out of touch with the reality that constantly threatens to break through her" (SparkNotes
Mrs. Mallard lived this exact lifestyle, but when her husband died she concluded she no longer had a “ powerful will bending hers ” (Chopin 162). Previously, her time had been focused on her husband causing her to forget what free will was like. Unsophisticated critics would pick out how females already had limited freedoms and upon entering a relationship those limits became even more prevalent. In contrast a sophisticated critic realizes that men working and women being homemakers was necessary during that time. Jobs were typically for men therefore women had to either commit to marriage or struggle to find a source