The patriarchal society, most of the time, is one of the important reasons behind turning the women bodies into objects with having control over their bodies. However, the most arguable question is: is there a way out? Can women survive these oppressions that resulted from objectifying heir bodies? In The Handmaid’s Tale, Mayday came to Offred’s rescue, but as what she said it is an vague way out: “whether this is my end or a new beginning I have no way of knowing: I have given myself over into the hands of strangers, because it can’t be helped.”
According to Rafael Trujillo, “He who does not know how to deceive does not know how to rule(azquotes)”. This explains the mindset of the dictator of the Dominican Republic shown in the book The Time Of The Butterflies by Julia Alvarez. In this historical fiction book it explain the story of the Mirabal sister in there fight to stop the oppression of Trujillo. It goes though there life story and gives insight to what the conditions were. Trujillo and the Dominican Republic government oppressed the citizens by arresting if you resist them, Machiavellian control and the deplorable conditions these people lived in.
But how did Trujillo truly affect their lives in a negative way throughout his reign in the Dominican Republic? The Mirabal sisters have experienced a struggle that have affected them personally in their decision making. Maria Teresa struggles after discovering her gender codes and societal
Courage Courage is strength in the face of pain. Julia Alvarez portrays different types of courage in her novel, In the Time of the Butterflies. The novel is set during the time of Trujillo's dictatorship in the Dominican Republic. As a result, some of the Mirabal sisters; Minerva, Maria Teresa, and Patria, to take a step in joining a revolution against him. Focusing on Patria, after listening to advice about joining the revolution she has made her final conclusions about what she wanted to do about the situation.
The Mirabal sisters are very important figures in Latin America because they became a symbol against victimization of women. According to "Women's Political Participation in the Dominican Republic: The Case of the Mirabal Sisters", Robison stated that, "Trujillo's appetite for young women was legendary... there was no way to refusing... [Minerva] Mirabal apparently rejected his advances by slapping him... this action represented a sheer calamity for the Mirabal family, who were subsequently harassed, imprisoned, and ostracized by their neighbors" (6). As a result, this action serves as a symbol for the sisters’ courage and defiance against the regime because they knew the consequences of not obeying Trujillo, but still took the risks.
And what I’m doing as my mother’s daughter. Something got horribly scrambled along the way” (Garcia 178). Pilar also consistently “waits for her life to “begin” (Garcia 179), unable to reconcile the “surrounding majority culture” of America (Garcia 137) with its symbols and associated images of freedom and justice, and with her own fractured sense of self. In fact, the symbolism behind the “American Dream” and the Statue of Liberty remain unattainable, distant concepts for Pilar, who believes them to be superficial ideals in her desire to return to Cuba—a switch from absence to presence. However, while Pilar believes that Cuba may be the place where she “belongs” (Garcia 58), she does not realize until the concluding scenes of the novel that what she actually seeks is closer familial ties, mistakenly desiring the presence of Cuba, or “reintegration with a place she never truly knew” (Vasquez
Antigone manipulates the government by using her lifestyle conditions, her bravery and her determination of what she believe in. In these three plays that it be will analized as a perspective of Antigone, “Oedipus the King”, “Antigone” and “La pasion segun Antigona Perez”, Antigone is a underestimated character. The main characters see Antigone as a simple woman. Commencing with, woman in that time should be not heard. Woman should be at home, raising their children, could not be brave or refute what men said and they have to be happy with their life of slavery and comfort.
As far many New Woman writers, Egerton conceptualized marriage as a social institution which forcefully repressed and reshaped female desire and their social conditions. According to Laura Christman “Egerton’s analysis of European woman’s oppression attends mostly to the sphere of ideology and in particular, to what she sees as the artificial social convention which prohibit women’s natural expression of sexual and maternal desire” (Christman,46). In her short stories, the protagonists have tried to break this institutional bondage and emphasized the identity of the female protagonists who experience their desire, free from any confinement. In the story “A Cross Line” the protagonist does not find the husband spiritually and intellectually equal to her and desires him only on a physical level. Despite knowing the fact that she is married, she falls in a extra-marital affair with a stranger.
There are two ways people will react to when their freedom is taken away. They will either accept it or rebel against it, which is what a lot of the female characters in Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Handmaid’s Tale accomplished. Shown through Offred’s repetition of certain events, Moira’s tone of being a fighter, and Serena Joy’s desperation, the reader can see that lack of freedom leads to rebellion. Offred, the novel’s narrator, now lives in a world where women are powerless. She has had her freedom taken away, and at times follows the rules, but ends up rebelling in many powerful ways.
In the different time period of America, the right of human be always the problem for the society. Different people in the different class use the different way to fight for their own rights. Through The House On Mango Street argues that if the woman wants to be independence, she needs to change their lives that do not similar to another woman. The main character in the novel is Esperanza. Esperanza made a conclusion by observing the life of his family and the life of the neighbors.
This concept was invented by Ruiz herself and she explained it as the unconscious or conscious act of inventing, claiming, and reinventing themselves for a purpose. Which raised the question: Did Moreno have to throw away her privilege to become the leader of a labor union? I think not, but it definitely placed her in a better position to understand the injustice felt by the workers. These Latina feminists fought for a changed world through feminism and anarchism, so much they forgot of their children. Both Moreno and Captellio were absent parents as they were always on the move and protesting for workers’ and womens’ rights.
The four Mirabal sisters were Patria, Adela “Dede” Antonia, and Minerva. These women are now all seen as symbols of resistance to feminist roles in the Dominican Republic, in addition they are seen as huge advocators for the revolt against Trujillo. Minerva Mirabal was a prime model in the rebellion against dictator Rafael Trujillo’s rule in the Dominican Republic. This woman stood up against the president for her morals and self respect by denying his romances and gambling against him in order to be able to study law which had never been done in the country before. However, once Minerva denied Trujillo’s advances he incarcerated her father and once he was released he targeted her constantly.
She then states her mother’s difficulty to “criticize the sexist behavior she sees there” (25). In a way, Diaz understands her mother’s conflict as her mother was raised with different ideologies where women are expected to subjugate to their spouse. She believes that overcoming“the oppression of women in any domestic sphere” will contribute to the Mujerista movement. However, she also recognizes that “those of us as mujeristas criticize sexism in the Hispanic culture are often belittled and accused of selling out to the Euro-American women, but Euro-American feminists call into question our integrity and praxis as mujerista feminist when we are not willing to criticize” (26). With this in mind, we can see the constant fight a Hispanic women must face in the feminist
Even though things look different and both countries have their own cultures, sometimes when we look at what’s happening. Clark state, “Haitian culture holds a deeply patriarchal belief that women should only concern themselves with domestic work and childcare” (Clark.) Haiti should probably look at the cultures and laws of both, and try to compare them together. In Haiti, American laws can be reordered to fit into the laws that Haiti have. The laws that Haiti have now are not working for the women very well.
Being different from others sometimes creates a desire for a person to change oneself. In the novel How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, by Julia Alvarez, the Garcia girls are stuck between America and the Dominican Republic, the two main settings of the novel. The girls are all dragged out of their homeland and thrown into an environment they thought would be welcoming. Even though they specifically come to America to live the so called “American Dream,” they hit some obstacles. When the girls see how different American culture is, and how much they do not fit in, they become self-conscious.