To accomplish this analyzation I have structured this paper into an intro paragraph, four body paragraphs, and a conclusion paragraph. The first body paragraph explains how Penelope’s forced marriage with Odysseus supports the patriarchy. The second paragraph analyzes Penelope’s character, and how the story diminishes her character to make men seem more powerful. The third paragraph dives into the relationship with the suitors and Penelope. I analyze how Penelope uses her situation to her advantage, and how that undermines the patriarchy.
Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper are classic short stories that have a powerful effect on their readers. Through the plight of their characters, Tessie and the Jane, Jackson and Gilman masterfully introduce their readers to the harsh realities of cruel and unjust societies. Although Tessie and Jane are from two separate stories, they bare many remarkable similarities, as both women are victims of their worlds’ formidable and stifling traditions. Both of the women’s different approaches to their similar plights, as well as the treatment they receive from their husbands, create unique and intriguing characters for both stories.
Barbara Ehrenreich, author of “What I’ve Learned From Men” develops a strong feminist character, for which she is the narrator. This essay highlights the differences between men and women and the ongoing power of the sexes. Ehrenreich states in her essay that there is one thing that women should learn from men, which is to be tough. Ehrenreich states an exemplification of her personal life as a key example to start the misfortune of developing her character’s persona. Her encounter with the lecherous professor starts off her character development.
William Dean Howells’s “Editha” and Henry James’s “Daisy Miller” In the nineteenth century, American writers became obsessed with the Realism movement. They started to focus on problems of that century such as wife abuse, child neglect and women’s freedom. They wrote about the middle class that suffers from different social problems especially women who act against their social norms and traditions. Realistic writers try to represent the events and social conditions as they really are without idealism.
In the Victorian era, women were forced to marry, as they needed the security of a man. However, Austen uses logos to question the real inequality in the Victorian era’s ideology, that a woman is incomplete without a man. This allows the reader to analyse the state of society from a different perspective. Austen also starts her sentence with an assertive tone further supported with her firm word choices, through using the words, ‘…truth universally acknowledged’. These words are important in her building ethos allowing her to deliver her controversial message.
Danielle Moiren English 102 BM 40 Courtney Scott 10 October 2016 How Authors Portray Themes Outline The Relationship Between Imagery and Symbolism in “The Yellow Wallpaper” Outline Thesis Statement: In “The Yellow Wallpaper,” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman uses imagery and symbolism to establish the theme, that it represents sanity and mental illness and the sense of entrapment, the notion of Charlotte Perkin Gilman’s creativity in her writing gone astray, and a disturbance that becomes an obsession. I.
Name: Instructor: Course: Date: “Quicksand”, Identity and Women 's Experience Thesis Statement The thesis explores how issues related to class, race, and gender intersect to help shape Crane’s struggle towards attaining autonomy and social stability in the 20th century (French and Allyson 457). It shows how class, race, and gender connect by paralleling the plight of Quicksand as a protagonist in the definition of racial identity while struggling to attain sexual autonomy.
Morrison and Atwood both examine how unjust societies and imbalances of societal power lead to a disorientation of gender roles and identity, ultimately discussing the way in which those societies are able to reinforce their oppressive values down through the
The beauty of marriage is the lovely relationship, communion, and balance that equals strive for full humanity of women and men. However, this ideal visualization of marriage started to loose value and it was converted into a division or inequality between women and men. Love started to be a constant and endless research, and stereotype started to weaken women and give power to men. These were common characteristics of the late 19th and 20th century. This being the situation, Zora Neale Hurston, an American novelist, wrote in 1937 her masterwork entitled Their Eyes Were Watching God.
Intersectional Feminist Theory is the theory that women experience oppression in various forms and ways. Cultural patterns have become interlocked by the intersectional systems that society has created to continue the multi facets of oppression. This is increased where transitioning which, in itself, is taboo for why would a man want to be a woman. A man has greater rights than a woman and is widely more respected. Both trans women and natural born women face over-sexualizaton of their bodies along with societal and bodily discrimination, and physical objectification.
Ban Zhao, who is recognized for her scholarship and participates in public affairs through her writing, justifies gender hierarchy in Admonitions for Women. She argues that “the controlling of women by man, and the serving of men by women” is a manifestation of the natural principle of Yin and Yang (84). In Analects for Women, the author Song Ruozhao specifies women’s primary responsibilities are doing housework and educating children. She also explicitly points out that a married woman should “listen carefully to and obey whatever [her] husband tells [her] (830).” In Instructions for Inner Quarter, Ming dynasty Empress Xu argues that males and females “have the same innate Heavenly endowment of a moral nature, which represents the potential for sagehood (Kelleher 833).”
The Yellow Wallpaper is a feminist text, telling a story about women’s struggles against a male-centric society. It clarifies that her good meaning, but oppressive husband John who pushes the nameless character to madness in attempt to help her while also showing that the behavior protocols could have devastating effects on women during the time period. While this is condescending behavior to the readers, when the story came out this was accepted and quite normal. The tone, images, and metaphors in the story show a woman triumphing in the only way she can over the repressive patriarchy.
Imagine living in a society that restricts women from expressing themselves and acting as freely as they want. A society that places pressure on women to play the role of what women are supposed to be, which is the “mother figure or caretaker. ” Till this day society still view women at an ever low stature compared to men. Women are always restricted as to how they are allowed to express themselves as individuals.