Research on the following literary theories: • New Historicism - New Historicism is a school of literary theory that first developed in the 1980s, primarily through the work of the critic and Harvard English Professor Stephan Greenblatt, and gained widespread influence in the 1990s. - When I looked for a definition for New Historicisms I found that it is seen as the every expressive act that is embedded into a network of material practices. - When we look at the Historical Criticism in a novel or a movie it is important to look at the author’s biography and social background, the ideas circulating at the time as well as the cultural era. - New Historicism is concerned with the political function of the literature and also the concept of …show more content…
In Othello, Othello and Desdemona are both characters that are struggling with their identities. In the beginning of the play we find Othello as a respectful man that is successful, but then we get Iago that manipulates him to make him seem as the bad guy. We also find Desdemona that turns against her father and the Elizabethan society to marry Othello, but we also find that she is respectful and obedient to Othello. We find both racial attitudes towards Othello even though he is a man that works hard to get what he wants. The racial attitude is only because of the era that they live in, the Elizabethan era in …show more content…
Feminism includes to look for equal opportunities for women in education and employment. - Feminism movements fights for the rights of women for example the right to vote, to be able to do the work that men do, to earn equal pay as men, to receive the same education, to have equal rights in a marriage, etc. Feminists are also seen as a “right” that women have that will help them to stay safe from rape, sexual harassment, and domestic violence, etc. - In other words Feminism is seen as a group of women who have the same goals. The women all want to fight for their rights to have the same rights as men. Feminism in A Thousand splendid suns - While reading the novel I could see at the beginning of the novel that this novel can be examined with a feminist lens. The first thing that I saw in the novel is that the main character of the novel is played by a young girl (Mariam) as well as a girl who is growing up in a less fortunate condition. While reading the novel it was obvious that in “A Thousand Splendid Suns” men have authority over women, domesticity, which states that women belong at home, and the representation of elderly women as bitter, and
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Feminism, the belief that women are and should be treated as intellectual and social equals to men. By its nature, feminism supports the belief that “all people are entitled to freedom and liberty within reason --including equal civil rights-- and that discrimination should not be made based on gender, sexual orientation, skin color, ethnicity, religion, culture, or lifestyle.” Feminists campaign in areas such as “reproductive rights, domestic violence, gay marriage, and workplace issues” (EKU). When an issue includes stereotyping, objectification, infringements of human rights, or sexuality-based oppression, it's a feminist issue. Contrary to popular belief, feminism does not mean putting the female gender above the male one, rather it promotes equality.
How does a comparison of Machiavelli’s The Prince and Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar reflect the way their particular social, cultural and historical context can influence their choice of language, forms and features and the ideas, values and attitudes? Through a comparison, the historical, cultural and social context of literature are reflected through a writer’s language forms and features, highlighting the relevance of the ideas, values and attitudes of their time. As made evident throughout the Renaissance with Niccolo Machiavelli’s ‘The Prince,” which reveals itself to be a political guide on gaining and ruling a kingdom for Lorenzo De Medici, a potential candidate for leadership of Italy. Similarly, in William Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar,’
feminists are the women (and males) who fight for equality between the two genders, that includes pay, the household, stopping street harassment and other issues. Something feminists are confused as, misandrists, they are the complete opposites of what feminism is, feminists do not hate men, and those who believe this must be educated. The first feminist document was Mary Wollstonecraft’s “vindications of the rights of women (1792)”, but the real change happens when “Elizabeth Cady Stanton and others, in a women's convention at Seneca Falls N.Y. issued a declaration of independence for women, demanding full equality, full educational and commercial opportunity, equal compensation, the right to collect wages, and the right to vote, the movement spread
Feminism is “the advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes” (dictionary). The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is illustrated as a feminist novel. “Heater Prynne, is a woman of strength and independence, uncommon for her time, is depicted by Hawthorne in a number of ways after her ordeal on the scaffold. (Johnson)” She goes through the pain and suffering of being an outcaste from the town living separately from them with her daughter raising her alone.
As mentioned before, when African Americans settled in England, there was a very long period of looking at them as “others” and “outsiders.” This idea is also captured in Othello. It is apparent that many African Americans at the time felt like they had no belonging or no real home since they left or were taken from their previous one. It is clear they did not feel like they belonged, nor were they welcomed in this new European one. They seemed to be like wanderers, exactly the way Othello is portrayed in Othello.
Feminists believe that women has a complex diversity and they respect all sexual choices, from maternity to prostitution. Feminists accept the responsibility for their own lives. They try to not look for government privileges. Feminists want legal equality, and they offer the same respect to
In William Shakespeare’s Othello, other characters assume Othello’s traits, habits, and abilities simply based on his single story. Othello’s single story is exceedingly normal; he is Muslim, from Northern Africa, and black. Adiche says, “a single story robs people of their dignity” (Adiche), basing their assumptions on facts they do not like, characters such as Brabantio
Iago and the rest of the Venetian society hates Othello for the reason that he is different and is married to one of the most beautiful Venetian woman. They are jealous of him therefore they have hatred against him. The readers of the early nineteenth century have made the word “Moor” a racist word and they have changed how people view the play from a tragic play to one of racism. “Moor” as a word is not racist if you know its origins. It is just a synonym much like “negro.”
Feminists say that there should be equal rights for men and women because everything a man can do, can also be done by a woman. Before, the women were more of a houseperson but now, we can see that a lot of women became anything a man can be. There are many women who work on a job that was just for men before. Soon enough, there will be a war on feminists and
Othello: A Close Reading This is an analysis of the lines 260-279 of the third scene of the third act of Shakespeare’s Othello. In an attempt to fulfill the incessant need for comfortable dichotomies, societies tend to be divided into two groups: the ‘in-crowd’ and the ‘others’. These strict dualities, constructed upon the inherent need for adversaries, are often as arbitrary as they are false and based on nothing but fear.
Feminism started as a movement which was meant to empower women in all aspects and help them win rights so that they could enjoy the privileges men have had. However As mostly seen, the things noticed by people are The things which invoke a negative or a positive response/reaction, because to be worth remembering a thing has to trigger an emotion within us, sometimes those emotions are positive/happy and sometimes they are negative/sad. Feminism got noticed by people (mostly men) by the actions and statements of a few women who were misandrists but also called themselves feminists which lead to feminists being
Othello’s This rage at Desdemona’s infidelity signals destmetion of his identity as a successful and loving man. It shows that he now completely loses control of himself, he no longer is that gentle man. He has become so poisoned by the manipulation of Iago, he no longer hears out for his “fair
Introduction Feminism is a collection of movements which are aimed at defining, establishing, and defending equal political, economic, and social rights for women as well as seeking to establish equal opportunities for women in education, employment, and other spheres. Hooks, B. (2000) writes that "Feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression". (p. viii). Historically, feminism is divided into three waves with each one exploring the connectedness of the same feminist issues.
You’ve probably heard about women’s rights before. Maybe you dislike feminism, because you think it’s about hating men. Maybe you just don’t care, because it doesn’t affect you. But as I stated earlier, feminism is the belief in gender equality. As in, both genders being equal.