Bradstreet’s inner Struggle in a Nutshell: Motherhood is not a limitation, it’s an asset The poet Anne Bradstreet resorts to her stance as an industrious woman to further elaborate her poems using her two significant roles in Puritan society: wife and mother. In “The Author to Her Book” we can contemplate how the role of the mother has taken a big toll on her writing. Consequently, the poem itself is comprised of one long stanza in which the conceit correlates the poem and an ‘ugly child’, represented by the “ill-form’d offspring” (1). Why did she decide to use this juxtaposition? An idea that has come to my mind is how “poor” (25) circumstances are conveyed as a liability weighing over her head, ergo affecting her reasoning and making her believe that the only way in which she could possibly develop her poetry is through experience.
Throughout her speech Truth uses the repetition of the words, “And ain’t I a woman?” One specific example is when she tells that no men ever helps her into carriages but she is a women. The use of this anaphora is so that Truth can rebuttal any opposing arguments for gender equality. Truth uses this phrase to find a counter argument to what men believe women have acquired to but for Truth and many African Americans it’s not true that they are given the best. This example of anaphora gives the reader/audience a feeling that women are deserving of equality and it broadens their acknowledgment to fight for women’s rights. The use of anaphora was effectively used in this piece to strengthen Truth’s main point of unfair circumstances due to gender inequality.
The Feminist Theory Throughout Greek mythology and literature, women are downcast as second class citizens, and more often than not, this view forces women to conform to their traditional gender roles. However, when these women acknowledge and begin to resist the patriarchy, they are able to become strong individuals. Through the plays Medea and The Bacchae by Euripides, and Oedipus and Antigone by Sophocles, this theme presents itself through women who found themselves resisting what society expected of them. Each play demonstrates the different ways in which they stood firm in what they believed even with the odds against them. In the end, it didn’t always work out for these women, but they made their voices heard, and stood their ground
“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any.” Said and written in one of Alice Walker’s novels, Possessing the Secret of Joy. The novel encompasses the impact of having culturally controlled gender roles and brings awareness to how women feel powerless in their society. Her quote shows how quickly ignorance in humanity stunts the growth of empowered people. Moreover, this quote can represent the relationship between power and women, which, consequently, is discussed in the documentary, Miss Representation. Alice Walker’s wise words appear in the first shot of this film.
The piece My Birth (1932) (Figure 24) candidly describes childbirth, which is tabooed (Ankori Gannit, 2002). The expression of women’s private world in Kahlo’s paintings played an important role for her art to receive high praises. However, Kahlo’s appeal is a sad monologue of her pain, as the praises were not only those for a unique experience only women undergo but also a confession of painful experience of an infertile woman who cannot bear a child, which is naturally granted to a woman. In this painting, Kahlo did not want to secretively paint or beautifully cover the female organ; instead, she confidently claimed that women’s natural feature is personal and private and not an object to boast its beauty in hidden places because of the absence of a
Both Laurie Anderson’s motivational song “Beautiful Red Dress” and Carrie Underwood’s more uplifting song “Nobody ever told you” addresses positivity, yet each poet employs unique shifts in tone to achieve her respective purpose. Laurie Anderson portrays women as treated unfairly while Carrie Underwood motivates women to view themselves as confident and self-reliant. Anderson’s use of literary devices, anaphora, and imagery emphasize the neglection of women, and emphasizes the gender inequality which causes economic inequality. However, in contrast, Carrie Underwood’s use of literary devices, similes, and anaphora highlights the positivity of women. Through Anderson’s Song Beautiful Red Dress, she highlights in her lyrics “I’m at high tide”.
Her works provide an incentive for women to take action in starting their own debates or joining a debate that can contribute to the quarrel. She also gave suitable advice to the women of the time about learning to live in that society despite all the misogyny because that’s how God intended it to be. Without Christine’s involvement, it’s very probable that women would have never had a way of joining the quarrel or t least would not have joined until after the Renaissance. The audacity that Christine had in speaking up about the Rose and challenging the work of such a revered piece of fiction, set her apart from any other female writer because she was willing to put her career and reputation on the line for the chance to participate in what would later became an important movement for women of the Middle Ages. Simply, without Christine there would be no querelle des femmes nor would the genre of misogynistic writing exasperate as it did in later
On the surface, the song “Pretty Hurts” is about a pageant girl who comes to terms with her insecurities and learns to accept her natural beauty; however, when one looks deeper, the audience understands that the speaker is criticizing society’s beauty standards and its effect on young women. This message is shown through the author’s use of various rhetorical devices including diction, metaphors and
In the second stanza, Maya asks, “Does my sassiness upset you?” She knows that she will be successful in life. With this being said, Maya goes into deeper details in stanza three, she lets society know that she will always rise up out of her affliction. She feels that society might keep her down, but her nature will rise above and stand against what society is trying to do. In stanza four, she knows that the racist people in society will show bitterness towards her own success. She felt that they did not want to see a black woman rise up and be successful.
“Compromise is what women do.” Chimamanda Adichie makes this statement in her speech, Why We Should All Be Feminist. But you can hardly call it compromising, to compromise is to meet a mutual decision. In many cases, however, a woman knows that it is expected of her to give up and be submissive. Women are typically sacrificing pride, ambition, dedication, and passion, all things that are
She also address how feminism is slipping away as those girls sell their bodies and losing their dignity and respect. Pink speaks to girls not to conform to society and don’t have dehumanize their bodies just to be accepted by society. Another song that feeds the listeners with positivity is “Perfect.” In this song she send the message that we are perfect just the way we are. In the song she address how we have negative self-talk (especially girls) because we perfect already. These are couple of many songs that have deep, powerful messages that no other pop star sings about.
Valenti expresses how a socially constructed term known as “the purity myth” shaped women’s sexuality. Society teaches girls from a young age to stay pure by not having sex. Valenti talks about how society labels women who aren’t virgins as “damaged goods” and how sexually active women are judged. Staying “pure” and “innocent” is promoted to be one of the greatest things a women can do. These standards society has on women and ideologies of being pure have immense influences in women’s lives.
Moira is the embodiment of defiance towards ‘The Republic of Gilead’ and its oppressive nature, Offred constantly reflects on memories of her for use as a symbol of hope and defiance. In Gileadean society the only purpose of handmaids is to be a vessel for children, so it was only natural for Moira, as a lesbian, to resist the changes that Gilead and The Red Center tried to enforce upon her. Margaret Atwood uses Moiras frustration to change the tone of The Handmaids Tale to a story that focuses on trying to resist the power of an oppressive regime rather than just revealing what life in such a society is like. Offred constantly looks to Moira as a guiding figure because she is strong and independent. This is why when the protagonist finds
I found this theme repeated in every chapter and it just seemed like a rationalization for promiscuity. Every opportunity Des Barres has she tries to justify others’ actions in this manner. This was a time when there were very few female rock ’n’ roll musicians and Des Barres describes being a groupie as an empowering choice (Nolasco, 2011). She depicts the groupie culture in almost a therapeutic manner. The excuse they give for promiscuity is their role in being the "muse" of these musical poets, which in some cases where sex turned to romance they were.
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