Tone/Mood: “ ... I would use her notebooks to reclaim the past and overcome terrors of my own…” (Page 1) The first page really sets a dreadful tone for the entire book. Isabel Allende uses words like “terrors”, “defenseless”, “mourning”, “powerless”, “indecent”, and “disgust”. I feel as though the ending of the book will as somber as the beginning of it.
The objectification of women, which reduces them to an almost sub-human level, is more than just a philosophy for Trueba. His actions are quite in line with his words. On his very first foray into Las Tres Marias, Trueba commits a savage rape, "Esteban did not remove his clothes. He attacked her savagely, thrusting himself into her without preamble, with unnecessary brutality." (57)
An Open Letter to Women In Maya Angelou’s Even the Stars Look Lonesome, she writes, “The ax forgets what the tree remembers”. Such a powerful and true statement directly relates to my topic today. Sexual assault is a provocative and uncomfortable topic.
In the book “Violence and Hope in a U.S. – Mexico Border Town” they use Symbolic Theory, because they explain how men just for being men should have the authoritarian role and women should have a submissive role. The symbol of being men or women means that they should act as society wants them to act based on their gender. First, machismo is well known in Mexican families because they assumed that all men should have the power over his family. For example, “the man in the streets, and the woman in the house.” It means that men have more privilege of going anywhere, whenever they want because of just being a man, and woman has the obligation to stay at home, because is not well see for a wife to be out of her house for too long.
Poetry is way to express oneself by using unique thoughts and putting them into words. Specifically, female poets, use their poetry as a way to show their experience with internal conflicts. Throughout this anthology we decided on the theme of “women.” Being the only table with strictly females, as a group we agreed that choosing poems with this topic would be beneficial to us, and the reader. Over time, females have experienced oppression, abuse and inequality.
From the weekly reading, A New England Nun, by Mary E. Wilkins, a story about a woman waiting fourteen years to marry her fiancé. Louisa demonstrates a strong, independent woman that embraces household chores. Although many feminists would reject this lifestyle as a way to liberate themselves, Louisa enjoys these tasks to the point of wearing a different apron for different functions. I was wondering if anyone else believes that Louisa suffer from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder from the way she had to reorganize rug and books that Joe touches. It didn’t surprise me with the reaction that Louisa had after waiting fourteen years for Joe to return from Australia.
Constance Leadbelly breaking the chains of literature identity limitations The role of women in literature has been represented by male authors for a very long time. This representation has been vastly criticized by modern day feminists. The assumption of women in such discourse was absolutist; a woman was either a virtuous figure or a deceptive one who is a danger to the society. The absurdity of this tradition has led many women to write back in response, challenging the logic of the overly used feminine role and characteristics.
Throughout the course of history, women’s rights have continued to be taken away throughout literature. This trend is clearly visible throughout The Inferno, written in fourteenth century Florentine Italy, where gender stereotypes play a major role. Women are, in some cases completely excluded from The Inferno, as is made evident in the relatively excluded character of Beatrice. In fact, Francesca da Rimini, a sinner found in the circle for the lustful, is the only woman to speak in this text. Women are seen as monsters in some circles too, a negative depiction indeed.
Isabel Allende, a Chilean-American writer, states during an interview concerning her views on women’s rights that “There is a point when things are ready for change”. Allende reflects her belief of the changing evolution of women’s rights in her fictional book The House of the Spirits as well. Taking place during the twentieth century in the Latin American country Chile, The House of the Spirits uses a merciful tone to address various conflicts of that time period, including the unrealistic demands that society enforced on its women, that are clearly expressed in the Trueba family. Throughout the novel, Allende highlights the struggle women have with the unrealistic expectations set by society including the treatment of women by male characters
What is the role of women and crime? A majority of criminology theories do not heavily place women’s stance of crime and, as the emphasis of lawbreaking is focused mainly on men, Feminist theory of crime on the other hand attempts to justify crime and the part of women in society. In the book Criminology Goes to the Movies: Crime Theory and Popular Culture by Nicole Rafter explains crime using multiple alternatives of feminist theory to explain how women in society consider crime based on the societal role of women. in the movie Thelma and Louise, it portrays the struggle of women, as the men in their world overwhelming show their power keeping both the main characters Thelma and Louise under control exhibiting dominance over them. The conflict