Davis specifies that the lack of accountability for inappropriate behavior is caused by faulty administrative action as she explains, “Grievance or investigatory procedures, where they exist, are often ineffectual...” (78). Since women’s prisons were established, sexual abuse has been used as a form of punishment, although this is not formally acknowledged by prison officials, it is undeniable that women’s prison staff more than oftentimes engage in sexual
The narrator-focalizer proves to be unreliable throughout the text, though this unreliability serves to bond the implied author to its implied audience. Key Words: Feminism, Mental illness, Transitivity, Presupposition, Implicature, Unreliable Narrator. Introduction The American society of the nineteenth-century was obsessed with maintaining gender differences through regulation of behaviors, attitudes
Although being written centuries apart, the limited expectations of women presented in ‘Othello’ and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ differ little from each other. The female characters are confined by society’s expectations of male dominance, female purity and virginity, and the many passive roles of women. Despite the differing legalities surrounding the position of women between the centuries in which the plays were written, both plays explore the impact of how societal conventions confine women and the ways they must comply to be safe in a patriarchal society. The behaviours and treatments of Desdemona, Blanche and Stella illustrate the attitudes enforced on and the behaviours of women throughout both periods in time and it is these attitudes and behaviours that impact the plays to the greatest extent. When characters in either plays defy their norms, or demonstrate a lack of compliance they induce negative consequences, such as the murder of Desdemona and the institutionalisation of Blanche.
Though any character in Shakespeare's Hamlet could easily be the epitome of lunacy, there is no character more obviously unsound that Ophelia, whose personality is the embodiment of codependency. Every time Ophelia speaks the symptoms are apparent as she can not seem to converse about anything but men. This is stereotypical of women at the time,in society as much as in literature. One can not fully blame Ophelia however as she is a product of her time period and used by the other characters. Ophelia’s character not only confirms Hamlet's suspicions about women but serves as pawn in the metaphorical chess game between Claudius and Hamlet.
In their defence they often reference to her small talks with Macbeth, where her opinions often surpass his (1; 7; 72-74). But, it’s clear that Lady Macbeth is no feminist lady. Throughout the play, she is viewed by the audience as a selfish female character, consumed with ambition to successfully bring the witches prophecy of Macbeth becoming king into reality. Unlike, Macbeth who tends to carry out his deeds holily, Lady Macbeths ambition completely disgraces the definition of feminist, believing regicide of faithful leader King Duncan is the way to gain power. Macbeths strong values, belies and attitudes of King Duncan, created a series of doubts towards Lady Macbeths idea, since.
Abusive relationships are toxic and dangerous. However, most people rarely recognize whether or not a relationship is abusive unless the victim is getting physically hurt by the abuser. That is the reason why many people never realize that they, themselves, are in an abusive relationship, and Malala is one of those people. Malala is abused by her best friend, Moniba, who likely is not even aware that she is being abusive, but that does not excuse any of her actions. The most glaringly obvious sign that Moniba is an abusive friend is the fact that “She doesn’t like me [Malala] talking to other girls,” (Malala 77).
There are a myriad of different ways that the author could have rendered Edna in a way to truly prove the immeasurable worth of a woman, but this aim is not achieved. Instead, the book details how Edna seeks out men to satisfy her rather than trying to improve the relationships she already has. The Awakening is a novel that fails to explain
The controversial treatment of gender issues in Much Ado would have been central to its impact on Elizabethan audiences familiar with an extensive literature on the role of women. Independent, assertive, unruly women commanded attention on stage; the traditional pattern of feminine behaviour was under strain. Women were supposed to be silent, gentle, passive and submissive but Queen Elizabeth I herself projected an ambiguous male-female identity. The erosion of traditional gender ideologies created anxieties about the subversion of the social order. Loquacious, insubordinate, independent women were regarded with interest and suspicion.
This can be exhibited when she states “..that a highly gifted girl who had tried to use her gift for poetry would have been so thwarted and hindered by other people, so tortured and pulled asunder by her own contrary instincts, that she must have lost her health and sanity to a certainty.” Woolf desires to validate the idea that “woman cannot write the plays of Shakespeare” but intends to clarify that this is not due to a lack of talent or ability equal to that of men, but simply because the societal structures at the time rendered it impossible for them to be equally successful. In the development of her argument, Woolf starts out by exposing the belief that it was impossible for women to “have the genius of Shakespeare” and she contextualises the reader with some basic information, given by an authority figure “Professor Trevelyan” about women’s conditions during the era. Woolf then provides the reader with a hypothetical situation to ponder on: What if Shakespeare had had a sister — that is, a female sibling of
This is not true because Conrad is raising some gender biases by portraying women as an inferior character and minor character. He rarely mentions any woman character in his novel, however the role given to them is insignificant. For example, in this novel Marlow’s aunt is referred to as a caricature. Especially when Marlow says, “They live in the world of their own, and there had never been anything like it, and never can be” (Conrad, 2015, p.22).It shows us Conrad’s strong believe in women’s inferiority. The words such as “world of their own”, is more like women’s lack of contribution towards practical world and women lost in their fantasy.
It starts off by giving their opinion on humor. Afterwards the blogs goes into the idea that people (mostly women) are afraid of expressing their opinion publicly on the fact that the joke aren’t funny. “[m]aybe never said to anyone for fear of reprisal, for fear of being told they are humorless, hypersensitive, over-reactionary, boring. For fear of hearing in those words, “Oh, you’re such a girl,” and feeling that thing, that awful thing, in your gut, the shame of being a girl”. From the quote above you could clearly tell why women wouldn’t want to say out loud their own opinion, making them oppress their feeling by the use of fear.
Although women disagreed with slavery, they did not stand up as much as would have been helpful for the time and often sat back and stayed in there places. This method which was useful to an extent at keeping them safer, did not solve anything and proved the stereotype which is often used to define women. The stereotype of weakness and instability. Women at the time just wanted to speak their minds though, but did not know how to achieve this goal which led to their forever desire for independence. Women still now believe in a general sense that we are not free or independent, literally we are, but we are still constantly ostracized as well as discriminated against for the dumbest reasons.