The community sees her sexual strength as “life-giving and threatening” (Fryer 107 ). Through Hester’s affair with Dimmesdale, Hester commits an unforgivable sin, but, yet, in doing so she sets an example of a women taking care of her own sexual needs. Hester meets her sexual needs in her and emboldens others to do the same through her adultery. In addition to her sexual expressions, Hester further declares her feminism in her self-reliance. Women of the time period heavily relied on men for protection and provision, however, Hester lives in the woods without male companion.
in Turnbull 197). After the novel failed to achieve the commercial success he so much desired he wrote: “Women do not like it. They do not like to be emotionally passive.” (ibid. 507) Fitzgerald consciously gives them secondary roles in the story, which keeps with the traditional view that women do not have a voice. Though these women have tremendous effects on men, which are often detrimental, they are portrayed as “mere complements” to the men(Mardsen).
On the surface, just one out of numerous early English translations of the Bible: hardcover book, written in small font and columns, but indeed, a very significant piece of history. Published in 1876, not only was Julia Evelina Smith’s translation of the Bible the first one ever translated by a woman, it was also the only contemporary English translation out of the original languages available to readers for almost twenty years until the publication of the last part of the British revised version in 1894. Besides making a gospel accessible to Julia’s American contemporaries, the background of the Bible tells a meaningful story about a fearless and purposeful fight for the women’s civil rights and equality, which are easily taken for granted nowadays. Born into a family with highly educated father,
Phaedra and Medea The women of Euripides are sympathetic victims of the patriarchy. From the start of both plays it is clear that Phaedra from Hippolytus and Medea from Medea by Euripides are both fated to be victims because their actions, though cruel, are simply reactions to the injustices they have been subject to and occur as a result of the lack of power among women and the subsequent actions of women that can arise from oppression. Both women cause severe pain to their husbands and children in order to preserve themselves. Moreover, Phaedra and Medea are complex and well-developed characters, antithetical to the ideal Greek woman, that utilize their small amount of power in unexpected ways with dramatic consequences. The theme of women being helpless, having little power and being bound to maternal chains is established early on in Hippolytus.
She has an inferiority complex and loath herself. However being the masochist that she is, she takes pleasure from being insulted by her sister who is acting as the Mistress(When Claire was insulting her, She replied “I’m starting. I’m starting to fly” Because those insults would heighten the fantasy of revenge for the mistress to be even sweeter. However in real life, her sadistic nature was curb as she could not kill the mistress just as they planned. When all of their plan failed (to poison the mistress) She escapes her reality by imagining herself as a great criminal, because by being a criminal she can be free from servitude.
Chopin acknowledges the fact that women should do a certain thing and if they don’t do that certain thing than they will be punished by being yelled at, as shown in the quote, “He reproached his wife with her inattention, her habitual neglect of the children. If it was not a mother’s place to look after children, whose on earth was it? He himself had his hands full with his brokerage business” (Chopin page 6). Chopin illustrates an example of Edna (the women character in the book) getting scorned at because she was not able to do a “natural” capacity. In “The Story of An Hour” also by Chopin, Chopin conveys the emotion going through this women (main character, the women, that was not named) when she was notified of her husband 's death, but these emotions had to be concealed because it would be deemed unnatural and the women knew she would get punished.
[who] can’t go against his word” (294).This is conflated with the episode in which Mr. Jones, troubled by his grief on not having a son and his wife’s coldness towards him, comes looking for the prostitute at the inn. He discovers Mary to be the whore but that does not stop him from having sex with her. The superficiality and duplicity of the marriage institution is thus exposed as wives are regulated to be monogamous, whereas husbands are free to seek pleasure and comfort elsewhere. The challenge to this prejudice was clearly enunciated in the feminist stance of Mary Astell given in A Serious Proposal to Women (1668), which seeks to subvert the patriarchal institution of marriage that entraps women and the struggles and triumphs of such a stance is manifestly represented Donoghue’s characterisation of
Abuse of Women in the book ‘The Colour Purple’ by Alice Walker “Cruel, violent, or unfair treatment, especially of someone who does not have the power to prevent it”  Abuse can be both physical and mental. In the novel ‘The Colour Purple’ by Alice Walker, the women are victims of both physical and mental abuse. From the very start we understand the plight or the position of the protagonist, Celie. It starts with her father abusing her when her mother was ill. She was blackmailed to stay quiet about it. The father does not respect his daughters and regards them as objects to satisfy the needs of men.
Hedda is a victim of all the negative qualities that can be imagined. Ibsen has tried to move away from the stereotypical women by sketching feminist dramas but yet when he deprives the woman of her doll-like exquisiteness and angelic beauty, he still remains confined to the stereotypical women rather he makes them monstrous and treacherous. In my research, I will look out to these questions that How can a loving wife neglect and torture her husband? How can she insult her husband and his relatives? How a female can negate her child?
Regret is a feeling that one gets after doing something wrong or failing to do something. This feeling makes a person reflect on their actions in order to learn, grow and develop into a better, stable person. In Louisa May Alcott 's novel "Little Women”, regret is always followed by anger towards the end of a situation. When Amy March infuriated her sister Josephine, Josephine ignored her until she almost lost her sister and ended up feeling guilty because of her bad temper. Theodore Laurence also acted impulsively when he embarrassed Margaret March because he got irritated from Josephine for not telling him a secret.
At only 17 years old Susan eloise hinton became one of the most successful authors of the 1960’s she broke the barriers of being a female writer by writing her award winning book the outsiders and is still one of the most popular writers of young adult fiction. Once published the outsiders gave her a lot of publicity and fame, and also a lot of pressure. She was becoming ¨the voice of the youth¨ The pressure of that title resulted in a 3 year writer 's block. Her boyfriend (and now, her husband),who had gotten sick of her being depressed all the time, eventually broke this block. He made her write two pages a day if she wanted to go anywhere.