Feminism is the idea that men and women are equal. (Merriam-webster.com, 2017) Two feminist writers of the late 19th century are Kate Chopin and Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Both Chopin and Gilman wrote short stories that featured a female who was ill as the main character. It is in these stories that their views on the oppressiveness of marriage become evident. Kate Chopin, in her work entitled The Story of An Hour, uses metaphors and freedom to reveal her belief that women are oppressed while Gilman, having the same view, uses symbols and verbal irony.
Kate Chopin’s novel, The Awakening have made a chaos back in the late 1890’s when it was first published where women were starting to demand for their rights and was the beginning of the feminine movement. The Awakening is story that revolves around a rebellious woman which is the main protagonist, Edna Pontellier which have gone through an aberration against the Creole society of how women should behave and think. The story is known for how Chopin have developed the way the characters mindsets and behavior which are two elements that influenced Edna and ascended to the ending. Chopin introduced her characters in a clear almost predictable way. And by the way she introduced them she also introduced the idea of living in a Creole society.
But despite this, there were also dark sides to the beauty: the classes, lack of women’s rights and working children. All these topics are conversed by the two famous authors Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. After reading “Persuasion” by Jane Austen, and watching two versions of “Mansfield Park” as well as “David Copperfield” and “Hysteria”, I have now decided that this essay will mainly be about equal rights between the genders and the differences between the working class and the aristocrats. In the text I will also mention socioeconomical issues and social science. My main focus will be women, how they lived, and survived, in the sexist society during the Regency era.
“And woman should stand beside man as the comrade of his soul, not the servant of his body.” Charlotte Perkins Gilman Gilman has depicted fine portraits of a variety of characters struggling between the two worlds Herland (the world which entirely consists of women) and United States of America (from where the boys have come which is a world full of corruption, violence, jealousy, competition, wars). As a feminist novel about the isolated society/country of women, the novel serves an idealistic viewpoint. Though it is a utopian novel but there is a touch of reality. The imaginary world is related to the contemporary world and has a realistic touch. Although it is an imaginary world yet there is so much to learn from them.
Chantwell singers name changed to calypsonian, and calypso is widely identified as popular music throughout Trinidad and the Caribbean. The steelband replaced the tamboo bamboo band, and in the 1960s calypso merged with Indian music, soul and funk to become today’s soca beat. Although, the Caribbean islands have a history of slavery that dates back to the 15th century and the Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, British, and French colonized the West Indies as well as North America, Caribbean music, art, literature, fashion, dance, and culture which
Gender and Race: The Loss of Antoinette’s Identity in Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea ABSTRACT Jean Rhys’ Wide Sargasso Sea is a postcolonial novel that gives a voice to Antoinette, the Creole woman described as the “mad woman in the attic” in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre (1847). Wide Sargasso Sea has been widely discussed by critics, especially in the fields of postcolonial, feminist and modernist literary theory, but while many critics have focused on how it rewrites race and gender as expressed in Jane Eyre, this work highlights the novel as an independent entity and introduces the notion of abjection to analyze Antoinette’s identity crisis. Thus, by examining the connections between race and gender in Rhys’ novel in the light of Ania Loomba’s ideas about colonialism and post colonialism and linking it to psychoanalytic feminism with Julia Kristeva’s notion of the abject, it is possible to understand why Antoinette loses her identity and how madness actually operates in a colonial and patriarchal society. Race and gender are used to provide metaphors for one another and to abject ‘the other’ among us, driving it to insanity. INTRODUCTION In Charlotte Brontë’s novel Jane Eyre (1847), Edward Rochester’s first wife,
She began her writing career there, and is known for dramatizing the abuses of power, for her use of non-naturalistic techniques, and for her exploration of sexual politics and feminist themes. One of her well known plays, Cloud 9, is a farce about sexual politics, set partly in a British overseas colony during the Victorian era. She touches on the feminist revolution throughout a century, from Victorian Africa, until the second late-1970s London. The issues brought about are about oppression and liberation. Churchill even remarked that as the relationships in Cloud 9 become more painful, the play gets funnier.
Most of her fiction, which appeared under the pen name Madhavikutty, was written in her native Malayalam, a non-Indo-European language spoken primarily in the South Indian state of Kerala. She wrote several memoirs, the most famous of them, “My Story,” written in English and published in 1976. In it, Ms. Das recounts her childhood in an artistic but emotionally distant family; her unfulfilling arranged marriage to an older man shortly before her 16th birthday; the emotional breakdowns and suicidal thoughts that punctuated her years as a young wife and mother; her husband’s apparent homosexuality; and the deep undercurrent of sexual and romantic yearning that ran through most of her married life. Originally serialized in an Indian journal, “My Story” is organized into 50 fragmentary chapters. In a detached, dreamlike voice, Ms. Das tells of her husband’s brutish sexual 02 inadequacy and her own lifetime of desire, often unrequited but
The Bluest Eye developed when she remembers one of her conversations with a little girl who wanted to have blue eyes. During 1960, she began her first novel, The Bluest Eye. This novel is mainly focused on racism and abuse. It revolves around the life of a young girl named Pecola who wanted to have the bluest eyes. In the last centuries, with the ordinance of apartheid laws in South Africa in 1948, racism was practiced.
Charlotte Bronte’s novel Jane Eyre (1847) is a classic text which has been studied and interpreted by many scholars since the time of its publication. This essay considers the proposition suggested by the feminist writers Gilbert and Gubar (1984, p. 46) that the book is part of a wider literary tradition that offers polarised images of women, such as “angel and monster, sweet dumb Snow White and fierce mad Queen”. It briefly considers the theory of patriarchy and its effect on literary activity in the nineteenth century. It follows with a discussion of the sweet, dumb characters of Helen Burns, Adele Varens and Blanche Ingram and the fierce mad characters of Mrs. Reed, Grace Poole and Bertha Mason. The main Jane Eyre, is also examined, with a view to analysis and determining whether either of these descriptive categories might apply to her.