Hester faced a terrible struggle as she attempted to find a place in a society which rejected her. The cruelty she faced is exemplified when one woman says, “‘This woman has brought shame upon us all, and ought to die’”(47). The Puritan society she lived in believed that Hester’s sin reflected poorly on the society as a whole and that she had to be punished severely. The societal view of morality was that Hester had committed a terrible wrong which could be neither forgiven nor forgotten. The society enforced these morals by punishing her with the scarlet letter and making her an outcast.
The woman in the cell characterises the Nazis as spiteful, claiming that ‘hate is darkness’ , and that they have to ‘hate the fascists…in the name of light’ . The paradoxical nature of this statement demonstrates how darkness and hatred can coexist with goodness and light within the characters. The woman then calls upon the necessity to ‘become…like [the Nazis] to fight them’ , implicating the significance of darkness and hate. As “dark” traits are often frowned upon, the woman justifies this darkness by talking of it ‘in the name of light’; giving the impression that darkness is justifiable as long as there is light. Additionally, Mulisch is illustrating the gray area between good and evil; and light and dark, as the woman is arguably as culpable as the Nazis in that they both create conflict.
Mrs. Stowe and her novel were highly influenced by feminism. She thought in the part of social salvation, men and their social structure were useless to change the slavery or other guilty part of the society. However, women has the absolute advantage on it. Women are kind, peaceful, pious and caritative. Mrs. Stowe utilized these characteristics and
According to Alanna A. Callaway, Gilead’s entire power structure relies on the disunity of women. Although Gilead’s system oppresses women, it is the few women in power that make the caste system dangerous for Handmaids. The patriarchal power structure of Gilead needs women to regulate each other, suggesting that gynocentric misogyny, or women hating women, is far more dangerous than traditional misogyny (Callaway 2008). This being said, the genuine threat in Gilead is not from the men in power, but the
Waggoner states, “Pearl is a difficult child, capricious, unintentionally cruel, unfeeling in her demand for truth, but she has both the ‘naturalness’ and the beauty of the rose, and like the rose she is a symbol of love and promise,” (Waggoner 335). Pearl is a symbol of her mother’s sin, but she Hawthorne doesn’t portray her character as a sin. She is a very beautiful young girl in their harsh Puritan community. Hawthorne proclaims, “We have spoken of Pearl’s rich and luxuriant beauty; a beauty that shone with deep and vivid tints,” (Hawthorne 69). Pearl’s beauty is natural she shows it through her imagination and spirituality.
Much of the emotions experienced and the actions carried out by these women are the result of control, disregard, and attacks on dignity. Therefore, the women act on behalf of a certain reason. In the Gospel of Mark, women are not seen from a negative standpoint but are instead praised, respected and defended. They serve a vital role in the life of Jesus. The male counterparts in
Witches at the time were defined as “people, mostly female, who denounced the Catholic faith, devoted themselves body and soul to evil, and indulged in such diabolical activities as causing storms, rendering men impotent, and copulating with devils.” Referring to these women as evil heretics, who in effect immaculate men is the very soul of how women are thought of at the time. The only way that people can consider women as powerful is to ascribe that power to a pact with satan, and to liken it to women’s perceived lascivious nature. One prominent demonologist treatise, the Malleus Malificarum, goes so far as to claim that “all witchcraft comes from carnal lust, which in women is
“Women are forced to live on tips are compelled to tolerate inappropriate and degrading behavior from customers, co-workers and managers in order to make a living.” The language in this sentence evokes the feeling of sympathy and anger. The use of “degrading” it gives the impression that the women are “forced” involve themselves in unsavory situations just to make ends meet. This heartily supports the argument because society views women as the mothers of the future, so therefore they would want them to lead good lives to influence their children. It also speaks to the free will of those who are involved in the
Think of your wretched sisters, loving virtue and purity, as they are driven into concubinage and are exposed to the unbridled lusts of incarnate devils” (2159). This is to put shame on the slaves for being a “patient people”, for allowing themselves to be in that situation in the first place. Be that as it may, Walker decidedly chooses to point out enslaved people as a whole are the primary victims of slavery, not just one over the other. While Garnet focuses in on gender to make a luring point, Walker prioritizes the role of white people in the brutalization of slaves. He spits out that slaves are “the most degraded, wretched, and abject set of beings that ever lived since the world began”, not as a ridicule of his people, but as a testimony toward the suffering and mental abuse slaves have had to live through
The Crucible is a story of deception based on preconceived notion that women are to young women are to pure to be evil.Arthur Miller uses the age and gender of characters in The Crucible to show how when people with power are threatened with losing it, they will do anything to keep it. Abigail realizes the power she has over the men due to the fact
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