It tends to upset the traditional power balance between the sexes and construct women as powerful and men as weak and threatened. The femme fatale was; a woman who seduces, exploits, and destroys her partners. O’Shaughnessy was deceitful and homicidal but also smart and ambitious. Their independence and power can be seen as a positive step in the representation of women. These women did not conform to the traditional role of the wife and mother.
Women in The Great Gatsby are objectified by men, seen as only having value when of use to a man, as well as the universe punishes them when they do not obey a man. The women introduced as sex objects and men are introduced through their achievements and how great their minds are. “Daisy was my second cousin once removed...her husband, among various
Writing about the struggles of women, the novels follow the life of Lily who experiences resentment from her husband and sexism at work. Although she gets her much deserved token, it is watered down by the fact that she gets it much as a token rather than as a reward for her ambition, abilities, and drive. The lead character is assaulted because they desire and enjoy adulterous se and are ready to leave abusive relationships. Through Lily, the vulnerability of women is put into focus as she becomes more vulnerable to abuse once she decides to leave her husband. She only does find redemption by getting into a relationship with another man, taking up her role as a protective mother, foregoing her ambitions, and being proactive in seeking justice for herself, and her daughter.
Instead of the conflict of the story being between a husband and wife, the conflict is between a mother and a daughter. In the beginning of the story, we can see the obvious conflict between the two. The mother is what one might consider to be strict or abusive or maybe even just tough love. Many times, throughout the story, the mother is said to have hit or choked her daughter. Because of this, the daughter has turned into a disobedient girl and will do anything to go against the wishes of her mother.
Women’s writings before Woolf, were timid and mostly fearful from true expression of thought and emotion, fearing male dominance; they were disabled and unable to attain their true potential and express themselves the truth outwardly. For Virginia Woolf, women writers are the key to incinerating such male patriarchal thought and recreate history through a female perspective. Confronting the imperialistic set up of the English Society proves to be difficult but shows women often failing but still continuing to challenge and seeking an outlet of expression.Woolf’s communicates such trials in subtle manners through her work, pointing out that Women’s Oppression through the times, like mentioned earlier, is deeply rooted in Social, Political, Economic spheres of a society. Hence, we can say Mrs. Dalloway, can be seen as a novel of projecting oppression, seclusion and isolation, Privacy of one’s own both in Body and Mind, creation of one’s Identity which could be either of the characters present in the novel or of the writers
Must women be feminine, and males be masculine? Feminism questions the acceptance of these ideologies and works to nullify them in our nation. Equality, the very principle America was founded upon and the very reason why feminism is important to the populace. Hegemonic masculinity not only plagues males but females as well; by creating a fragile male ego that believes a competing female will emasculate males instead of assisting, only causes females to cater to the male needs. Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie best explained the injustice from traditional gender roles in the quote, “We say to girls, ‘You can have ambition, but not too much.
This quotation illuminates Gertrude’s act of incest which can be classified as an aspect of adultery. Hamlet’s views of marriage are potentially destroyed because of Gertrude’s remarriage and women in general as he states to Ophelia: “Of if thou wilt needs marry, marry a fool; for wise men know well enough what monsters you make of them” (3.1.138-140). Although Gertrude is to blame for Hamlet’s negative outlook on marriage, his misogynistic attitude comes to light as he classifies all women (including Ophelia) as cheaters and liars. Moreover, Hamlet confronts Gertrude for her incestuous and adulterous crimes and speaks: “Nay, but to live / In the rank sweat of an enseamèd bed, / Stewed in corruption, honeying and making love” (3.4.91-94). Hamlet is speaking his dagger-like words to Gertrude which confirms of her adulterous acts and Gertrude responds: “O Hamlet, speak no more.
“The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” depicts the feminist gender seeking for being dominant and loved in both the readings in different forms. On the other hand “The Storm” depicts the reflection of the sexually oppressed women of the 19th century because of the male dominance. “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”, it is also believed by some individuals that the poem instead of showing the romantic features is also a criticism on the Edwardian society and a dilemma is shown that represents the inability to pursue a meaningful and a purposeful life. The author is facing rejection from society in various ways and is unable to fit into the situation. Prufrock is described to be in frustration and also impotence of the present individuality.
This directly corroborates society’s viewing of her as the description only includes her sexual physical assets. Duffy writes this because she is trying to convey the sufferings of women in society as they are consistently objectified, devaluing their nature as a human being, and she invokes people to make a change. This theme of valuing women in a restrictive way as one only notices the physical elements of a female is continued throughout the poem, for example when the artist “is concerned with volume, space”, or “You’re getting thin, Madame, this is not good”. This directly references the corporeal elements of a body. The purpose of this quotation is consistent with the aforementioned one.
‘Plath perceives the domestic life as restrictive and a complete obliteration of her own self-worth’. Using ideas of feminist theory from the critical anthology to inform your argument, to what extent do you agree with this view? As a female poet subject to 1960’s patriarchy, Plath’s domestic and professional claustrophobia were inevitable. Married to the successful poet, Ted Hughes, she was incessantly reminded of the artistic restraints assigned to equally talented females. Plath’s poetry, looking particularly at her ‘Collected Poems’, illustrates the consequential disorientation and loss of identity caused by such patriarchal dominance, demonstrating sentiments of disgust as she is forced to adopt certain gender stereotypes in ‘Morning Song’ (1961).