In The Handmaid’s Tale, Offred did not want to look on her body anymore because it is strange to her, as what she said: “My nakedness is strange to me already. My body seems outdated.” (63). She said also in describing the figuration of her body: “I can’t think of myself, my body, sometimes, without seeing the skeletons: how I must appear to be an electron. A cradle of life, made of
How hard does a woman’s life have to be that she wouldn’t even want to look at her body. Not because she doesn’t like it, but because it makes her lose her identity and value because the environment in which she lives classified her as something she doesn’t want to be just because of her body. In the book “The Handmaid’s Tale” the author, Margaret Atwood portrays women in a futuristic society that in a way revolves around women. Not the feminist way that women would want however, but these women are told and obligated to be happy for what they have. The society the book is written in see women as property even though they have an important role in this book.
Lastly, are the unwomen. The unwomen are women who have chosen not to participate with the new society's laws and have gone off as jezebels. These class structures, do not allow moving up the social ladder and restrict one to stay within their class
She tends to arouse controversy. Firstly, Patient Griselda represents other women as the weak and really hopeless creatures who do not have any rights and are totally dependent on the men. Without men's instructions and help they are not able to do some particular activities. It means that wives should be fully submissive to their husbands who do not show any respect for them. That is why, the acts of Griselda seem to be absurd.
Mildred has become self-centered, robotic, and unfeeling due to the ways of society. The society of the world in the book Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury, has made Mildred, wife of Montag, into someone that doesn’t care, think, or feel. This is what happens when
They were confined to live false lives and have false interests to please the Victorian way of lifestyle. Women were reckoned as faultless and were believed to keep this image and reside very subtle lives, making little change in the workforce and society. Jane in the novel disagrees with many of these gender roles and thinks that she needs to be who she is and not who the society wants her to be. The traditional Victorian woman would do things because it was what she should do or because it was recommended. They didn 't convey their own beliefs if it didn 't follow the social standard.
Overall, Grace can characterized as someone who has gotten used to doing things on her own because she didn’t have a reliable man figures. Due her experiences, she has trust and attachment issue. Although she has a thing with Carl, there is no commitment expressed between both of them. Grace character shows the audience how women are able to support themselves without the reliance to a man. Although it was expressed that the only thing women were supposed to do is take care of her family, while being dependent on the husband, Grace illustrate how women don’t require anyone, but themselves and can’t be labeled to do one thing.
Lucy despises this notion almost as much as she loathes her mother and struggles with it daily. One concept she finds very repulsive is the importance of a woman’s image. She is disgusted by Dinah’s obsession with beauty and comments that “among the beliefs I held about the world was that being beautiful should not matter to a woman, because it is one of those things that would go away” (Kincaid, 57). Later on she mentions that “for the first time ever [she] entertained the idea that [she] might be beautiful”, but declares that she will “not make too big a thing of it” (Kincaid, 132). Lucy’s rejection of society’s emphasis on appearance frees her from the insecurities that are brought upon by a self-image based on looks.
Another feminist perspective is the idea that the contribution of the women in the society does not count. The idea is evident when water ignores his sister's advice (Shelley, pg. 20-77). The women are therefore seen as people who cannot give any pieces of advice in whatever manner. In most cases in the novel, the women are treated as victims.