The play undoubtedly showed that she was helpless in defending herself and is instead, safeguarded through the exposure of her situation. Susan Glaspell’s Trifles tells the audience that women should not be regarded as lesser individuals – less intelligent or less able. Further, that if women are being silenced and deprived, it will lead to revolution, revolt and revenge. Throughout the Trifles play, dominance of men is obvious. While women were recognized with modest voices compared to louder men.
Zenia, the femme fatale, psychologically controls everyone including her ex best friends and their spouse/boyfriend. She is simultaneously dominating her friends by being sexually engaged with their men, a treacherous form of manipulation. Critics have praised this work of modern literature who appeals to both acitivts and readers by informing them that “the feminism to be read in Atwood 's novels is not the feminism to be discovered in feminist textbooks." (Tolan 1). Even though Zenia is constantly being referred to as a sex symbol, she does not let herself be degraded, abused or exploited by anyone.
A significant piece of figurative language that the author included in the novel,” In The Time of Butterflies “ is, “I can see my hand in an endless slow-motion rise a mind all its own and come down on the astonished, made up the face(Alvarez 100).” This example of personification tells us about in the book when Minerva slapped Trujillo. Although hands don't usually have a mind of their own, this connects to the type of character that Minerva is. This shows how brave and very mischievous she is. Minerva doesn't really care about high power Trujillo is she feels that everyone is equal in her eyes and no one should be looked at different. Another figurative piece that the author included in the novel is “ Trujillo is a devil, “ Sinita said as
The use of this verb alongside a Jacobean audience’s mentality shows Lady Macbeth’s preparedness to remove her female qualities to gain the crown. To the audience, a woman readily stripping herself of her “compunctious visitings of nature” creates questions. Without her nurturing nature, a woman place in society is not certain. Her gender is ambiguous due to the lack of her femininity. Shakespeare then writes that Lady Macbeth’s “milk” will be “taken for gall”.
It is noticeable to everyone around her that she’s straying into dangerous areas of her sexual tendencies/habits. She’s continued an unconventionally long and exclusive sexual relationship with Henry Foster. As Fanny cautions Lenina, saying that she may get in trouble, she defends herself and says “No, there hasn 't been anyone else.... And I jolly well don 't see why there should have been" (36). Lenina knows that she’s consciously broken the regulation that everyone belongs to everyone else but continues to do so after by choosing the socially misfit Bernard Marx, therefore elucidating the impression that she rebels against her conditioning for sexual
However, in the end, Nick does exercise his dominance over her by calling an end to the relationship. The women in the novel are a unique group, because they do not fit into the traditional portrayal of innocent and pure figures, rather, they are depicted as a stark contrast to the norms and in no way represent the pure figures women were often perceived to be. However, they do still retain evidence of conforming to a patriarchal society, through Fitzgerald’s own desire to refrain from straying too far from societal ‘norms’, and also through a strong reliance on material needs, by the female characters. Psychologically, Daisy, Jordan, and Myrtle are obviously quite different from each
She has abilities beyond her control and society’s understanding. In Frozen Elsa is in need of love and understanding to become a protagonist. Elsa’s isolation from heterosexual society makes her cold and unaccepting of companionship as she does not express interest in men. However, while Elsa conveys a broader, universal message of individual freedom and holding a position of power as a woman, she powerfully illustrates the struggles of anxiety, fear, and anger when it comes to concealing a secret about herself most people would be unaccepting of. For this reason, Elsa, a societal reject, has become a gay icon.
In the midst of analysing meaning, I noticed that I could instantly categorise the men as the ‘lower-class’ yet the naked woman bears no symbolism on her body to allude to any class in society, henceforth was read merely as a ‘female’. The nude presentation of the woman, as I read it, could also be to do with women having to shed their pride in order to prove themselves worth of participation in the rebellion. ‘Uprising’, rather than being viewed with stigma surrounding violence and the sacrifice paid with the lives of many, marks the positive societal change of a more equal society where women are provided a voice. This is a reflection of the advancement in social progress of the 19th century, when women were ‘beginning to claim their
“Consider the alternatives, said Aunt Lydia. You see what things used to be like? That was what they thought of women, then. Her voice trembled with indignation” (Atwood 118). The Aunts tried to scare the Handmaids into believing that because there were no rules to set women straight and no barriers with men, women were treated like gum under a shoe.
When Milkman describes dating Hagar as “business”, he creates a sense of professionalism in their relationship, which is almost purely based on sexual fulfilment. In this language, Milkman creates transactional imagery, implying prostitution, supplementing his idea that Hagar is an object rather than a person. When dehumanized, Hagar becomes a weight that Milkman feels his can drop at any time because she no longer holds any value in their relationship. The objectification and subsequent dehumanization of women such as Hagar, allows men to feel guiltless in their disposal of women because objects are not sentient and therefore cannot be effected by men’s decisions. These men feel the
(TITUBA:) I have no power on this child, sir. (HALE:) You most certainly do, and you will free her from it now! When did you compact with the Devil? (TITUBA:) I don 't compact with no Devil!” Abigail knew that soon her "sinful" behavior would come out. It was easy to blame Tituba, since not only was she a slave, but the mysteries of her culture would come to make it seem easy and that she was to blame.