Under the Catholic Church rule, women had to be pure and accept the life that was chosen and given to them just like the Virgin Mary. Women are expected to be good wives and mothers, which typically includes self-sacrifice and putting one’s family and its survival above all else . Also, not only did Spanish colonialism influence the way women are viewed in Latin America, but it also helped rise up of women’s right in Latin America. However, the newly independent of Latin American citizens were not yet given full rights, including the women. By the beginning of the twentieth century, the suffragette movement began to break out in all over the world due to European and American influence.
As a “Reverend Mother” (265), Consoltata appears like a goddess in the women’s lives. Her power of raising the dead bodies and seeing “best in the dark” (241) has sparks Lone’s thoughts towards Consolata unusual forces.As a wise woman, Consolata has finally finds the therapy that would heal the psychological and physical traumas these women faced. As a matter of fact, Yue-Ting in describing Consolata, he says that she is “an example influenced by magic realism rooting from Latin American Literature” (978).Consequently, she creates what Morrison calls the “Loud Dreaming,” in which, the female characters’ past is substituted by brighter future as they have been purified and cleansed by the falling rain. In the “Loud Dreaming,” Consolata asks the women to recline on the floor, surroundedby the lighted candles while repeating sacred words that say, “My child body, hurt and soil, leaps into the arms of a woman who teach me my body is nothing my spirit is everything” (Morrison 263). Once again, the Convent appears to offer the spiritual experience that is denied them in external
Eliza Haywood writes the cautionary tale Fantomina in order to instruct women against pursuing their sexual desires. The protagonist, an unnamed “Lady of distinguished Birth” (41), secretly pursued her desires for Beauplaisir under the guise of four different personas, ultimately leading to the ruin of her reputation and being sent to live in a monastery. I will refer to the main character when she is not disguised as the protagonist to avoid confusion. I will be discussing female sexuality, where I will be focussing on certain aspects including sexual identity, sexual behaviour, and how social and religious aspects affect this sexuality. I will argue that Haywood uses the cautionary tale in order to represent female sexuality as distinguishable
Here we can include the well-known work “One thousand and one nights” which also reveals the supposed defects of women (for instance the criticism about the feminine seduction as an instrument of cheat). Nonetheless, we observe again how women in the courtly household had an important role as they maintained noble life and rank differentiation. The manuscript of Eleanor de Poitiers, a noblewoman of the fifteenth century, offers testimony about the ritual conduct in the Ducal Household (specifically that of Philip the Good and his wife Isabel of Portugal). It serves as an instruction manual while being much more, it is a double edge composition; on the one hand, it offers Eleanor’s personal experiences in court life with real examples and on the other hand, it provides instructions on ceremonial ritual. Thus, the manuscript serves as an useful historical source to see how the life of many noblewomen of that time was.
John Updike described Hester Prynne, the main protagonist, as “a mythic version of every woman’s attempt to integrate her sexuality with societal demands.” In The Scarlet Letter, Hester Prynne was used as a symbol of women’s struggle and acceptance to meet society’s expectations as a woman and especially as a wife. These expectations being; loyal, the proper mom for her child and following the guidelines of the Bible by not committing any sins, etc. She was labeled as an adulterer but above everything else she became a power identity and a symbol of bravery. Before understanding why Hester was a mythic version for all these reasons, it is important to first understand who Hester is, what she did and why she is such a crucial character in this 1850 romance novel. Hester Prynne is mother of Pearl whom she had through an affair with Arthur Dimmesdale.
This conveyed at the end of the play when Mary Tyrone is speaking to Mother Elizabeth. She illustrates her loss of motivation and her past when she says, “I told her I wanted to be a nun. Yes, I remember. I fell in love with James Tyrone and was so happy for a time” (O’Neil 178). This quote proves that she would do anything to please Mother Elizabeth.
The values and traditions that women were expected to hold changed extravagantly in the 700 years between the deaths of Lucretia and Perpetua. Through their respective documents, “Rape of Lucretia,” and “The Martyrdom of Saints Perpetua and Felicitas,” we can see the change of ideals in the form of expecting Roman women to do chores and stay at home, while the Roman/Christian women are expected to hold their faith and Christian values dear. Both of them are portrayed in different light, but in the end it is done to argue for a cause. Lucretia is portrayed as a humble individual who holds honor of the family higher than herself. Perpetua is demonstrated as a stubborn individual who won't turn her back on her faith, even for her family.
Marianismo comes into play as it determines the roles of women and allows for the deflowering of Angela to play such a vital role in the events of Chronicle of a Death Foretold. Pura del Carmen Vicario is known to have frequently said "Any man will be happy with them because they 've been raised to suffer.” in reference to her daughters who in this sense were raised in such a way as to be the perfect wives and be instilled with the aspects of Marianismo (representation of feminine purity and morality as determined by the Vatican) despite what they may personally wish to do with themselves as individuals. Angela, however defies this idea initially by making no efforts to hide her virginity despite the assistance of her friends as they “had instructed her to get her husband drunk… turn out the light… give herself a drastic douche of alum water to fake virginity… stain the sheet with Mercurochrome”(53) only to realize the drastic consequences it would hold as she claimed her mother began “beating [her]... with such rage that [she] thought [her mother] was going to kill [her]” before demanding that she “tell us who it was” (28) in reference to herself and Angela’s brothers as she knew the next steps that must be taken to enforce the codes of honor on the
Maturity of Kate Chopin’s “Ripe Figs” The author Kate Chopin is a woman born in the 1800’s who wrote about individuality of women and understanding a woman’s viewpoint during this time. How women were perceived back in the 19th century culturally and economically was as if they were property to be owned by anyone who pleases. An analysis of Chopin’s, “Ripe Figs” will show the use of theme through: religion, patience, and maturity by relating the maturity process to the seasons of the year and the ripening of the figs. The first theme that Kate Chopin provides an image of is patience. One way Chopin show’s patience in her writing is through her usage of comparing Maman-Nainaine to Babette.
There were very high standards for women during the Elizabethan Era. Elizabethans thought that a woman’s outer appearance was merely a reflection of her inner condition (Papp and Kirkland). Women were valued for their beauty and qualities such as being submissive, passive, modest, humble, temperate, and kind (Zuber). A good woman was also obedient, modest, and had virtue and chastity (Papp and Kirkland). John Knox, a Scottish protestant leader said, “Women in her greatest perfection was made to serve and obey man” (Alchin).
This is an important quotation in the novel because of the simplicity of the diction Atwood utilizes to describe her body. It emphasizes the changeover from what Offred once thought of her body to what Gilead now brainwashed her into believing. Women appreciation has transformed from a wholehearted appreciation for the purity and simplicity of a woman to solely interest in their “central object”, their womb. Offred’s musings show that she has started to accept Gilead’s attitude toward women, which treats them as objects important only for the children that they can bear. Gilead, with these beliefs dehumanizes women and reduces them to “a cloud, congealed around a central