As with all the poems in the World’s Wife, Duffy follows the form of a dramatic monologue and through the first stanza draws attention to the history of male domination and female suppression by listing famously victimized women and revealing in Mrs. Beast’s tone, bitter resentment. Mrs. Beast rejects any wish associated with the male-oriented society reflecting Duffy’s rejection of society’s pre-occupation with victimized women and keeping them silenced. Carol Ann Duffy is considered to be one of the most admirable poets because she creates existing poetry in a form that uses biblical, historical, mythical, fictional figures, whose voice have not previously been heard. This is relevant for the portrayal of the male-oriented society because famous figures like Beauty and the Beast have been mentioned in
For instance, the author uses “she did not hear the story as many women have heard the same, with paralyzed inability to accept its significance. She wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister’s arms.when the storm of grief had spent itself she went away to her room alone. She would have no one follow her.”(page 843) In this evidence, author uses the other women to compare to Mrs.mallard. It discover that Mrs mallard love her husband,but she didn’t satisfy her life. On the other hand, the sentence expose the fact of society, the man is their everything, they don’t have chance to start new life, the death of husband mean the
A feminist reading of the poem “The Freaks” The Freaks by Kamala Das is a good example of a feminist reading. Kamala Das is well known feminist Indian writer. Her writings can be a medium to convey the true men and women relationship that is unseen but secretly experienced by most of the married people. Her poem is also a medium to express how women were controlled by the social norms and the women’s lack of individuality. According to Dr. Yousef (Faculty Member, Azad University), Kamala is the first woman to openly talk about Women 's social unrest in respect of education and career, sexual desire and frustration, suffocation of a loveless marriage.
Maggie , Blanche, Dubois and Myrtle have no one at all. Despite the desperate and loneliness they beautifully find out the solution of the situation. It is the woman who stands behind a successful man without taking credit for anything. Such a woman operates from outside the marriage, she comes in direct confrontation with the family of the person, the taboo and society at large not to mention her need for financial independence .Such roles thus cannot be played by a weaker woman because of inherent difficulties .She remains constantly on the horns of dilema ,if she loves her man and seeks her own fulfillment in giving him fulfillment, she rankles like a wound in conventional societies .If on the other hand she accepts the latter’s dictate she has to neglect her own genuine nature . It is here that she finds herself on shaky grounds and tries to change her status of mistress to that of a wife, mistakenly believing that marriage is inevitable for a lasting relationship.
Women lacked the freedom and independence they not only wanted but needed due to a society run patriarchal views that hindered the growth of women. Not only were they expected to reside in the home but women were also tied down through marriage with the expectation of blindly following their husband without challenging their authority. Kate Chopin’s short story, “Story of an Hour”, uncovers the chilling truth of how women were perceived to have longed and enjoyed marriage during the 18th and 19th century when in actuality many felt confined, trapped and imprisoned due to what society and men wanted them to do. The story reveals that the impending pressures of having to become a good wife and mother along with patriarchal societal oppression oftentimes pressures a woman into experiencing a psychological breakdown that can result in fatal consequences. Chopin begins the story with the protagonist, Mrs. Mallard, being told
She is a post colonial writer who reveals the true position of women in a patriarchal society and deals with the problems of women. Her novels present the longing struggle of women to establish an identity. In her novel A Married Woman, Astha is the main protagonist of the story. The story moves around her. It is a romantic story of Astha and her husband, Hemant.
Known for her confessional mode of writing, Kamla Das’s (1934-2009) poetry offers an aesthetic of resistance to the phallocentric codes and conventions. What sets her poetry apart from the other Indian women poets writing in English is the brutal honesty with which she handles the issue of women’s search for subjectivity and autonomy in the face of patriarchal prohibitions. Her choice of a free poetic mode instead of regular metrical form suits her tone of anger and protest resulting from the marginalization of women. However, while hitting out at the deeply entrenched patriarchal prejudices, she does not forget her own femininity. Das’s individuality lies in evolving a new language of protest.
The woman in front of me, a mere girl, Too young to have been a mother of three Is struggling vainly to feed one, control The other, and the third is abandoned From a weary care 10. Summary of the findings : The poetry written by these women poets questions the norms in society, and the status and role of women in the conventional patriarchal society, where women were looked upon by men, as either seductress or goddess and not as human-beings with dignity and self-respect. There is a common image of the Indian woman represented by these poets .The image exposed by the poets though varies in experiences, cultural and social attitudes, reflects in totality the oppressed status of women in India as “inferior”. The Image undergoes a transformation from oppression to emancipation through self-realization. The women writers boldly voice for women’s identity and recognition in a patriarchal set-up..
On par with Western novelists, Indian women writers have made a bench mark in creating an island of their own in voicing their views and perceptions about the pathetic plight of women in India. Ofcourse, Shshi Desh Pande is not exceptional because, in all her works feminism surfaces as a dominating theme one way or the other. The present paper mirrors her reflections for assertion of identity and crave for emancipation of women from the shackles of traditions and customs. So to say, in her novel, Roots and Shadows, the writer highlits the agony and suffering of the protagonist, Indu in male-dominated society. In The Dark Holds No Terrors, she touches upon male egoism and inferiority complex resulting in sexual sadism, as well the harrowing
Her distinguished literary career spans more than three decades. She is known for her sensitive portrayal of the inner feelings of her female characters. Her novels explore the tension between family members and the alienation of middle class women and also the sufferings and agonies of women. A close study of Anita Desai’s works reveals her struggle for female autonomy played out against the backdrop of the patriarchal culture pattern,. Her writing can be viewed as a self- conscious reaction to overwhelming masculinity for the analysis of society in