In this written text, the emphasis will be on Margaret Atwood’s novel, The Handmaid’s Tale and as well as the way Atwood portrays women and how it can be argued to show the oppression of women. The main purpose is to analyze the way women are treated throughout this book and depict why they are represented this way in the society in Gilead. Then, comparatively, observe the men’s domination over women and how they govern this society. In The Handmaid’s Tale, women are stripped of their rights, suffer many inequalities and are objectified, controlled by men and only valued for their reproductive qualities. The Gilead society is divided in multiple social group.
A controversial issue from the text I would like to take a stand against is the portrayal of the women in the book of “Dracula” by Bram Stoker. I believe that Bram Stoker had wrongfully portrayed women in his classic novel called “Dracula”. He either made them seem weak and innocent or impure and horrible. Stoker had written Dracula in 1897, during the Victorian Era (1837-1901). The Victorian Era was a time of limitations, especially towards women, and a simple mistake would cause you to suffer social ostracism from others.
The she-monster thus, not only crosses the boundaries of normativity but also jeopardizes the constructed conception of femininity and humanity. In this context, Becker maintains that her subversive conduct “resist le propre in terms of femininity and to disrupt the ‘proper’ plots for heroines, thus exposing their constructing and appropriating ideology” (172). The devastation of such a hegemonic discourse unveils the laden ideological practices of the official patriarchal system. The hybrid grotesque creature whose ambivalent position produces a sense of unease coupled with fascination, humor and/or horror can also be manifested in the combination between feminine and masculine attributes, the female grotesque challenged
Both texts ‘The Handmaids Tale’ and ‘The Bloody Chamber’ were written during the second wave of feminism which centralised the issue of ownership over women’s sexuality and reproductive rights and as a result, the oral contraceptive was created. As powerfully stated by Ariel Levy, ‘If we are really going to be sexually liberated, we need to make room for a range of options as wide as the variety of human desire.’ Margaret Atwood and Angela Carter both celebrate female sexuality as empowering to challenge the constraints of social pressure on attitudes of women. Both writers aim to expose the impact of patriarchy as it represses female sexual desire and aim to control it thus challenge contemporary perspectives of women by revealing the oppression
The Victorian Era is known for a pious, sexless society where women were considered inferior. While strides have been taken, there is still an inherent bias against sexually liberated women. This shame is still relevant to society today because of its abuse by those in power. Day by day, political scandals involving sexual assault and rape are being revealed on the news. This is only indicative of the willingness of the elite to abuse those working under them- especially young naive women.
Women in front of calendar present era whole Europe were consider as the anemic in introduction of sexuality that was always sexual introduction that was always dependent on males from different points of view, including for business. Ensuing to the overall population was energetically patriarchal; women who did not fit into the mold of a run of the mill woman crippled the considered females carrying on specifically. These females were free outstanding intellect, and for this reason the profession of other women at risk. Thus, these females were antagonized by run of the mill females
In the novel, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays women in an extremely negative light. The idea Fitzgerald gives off is that women are only good for their looks and their bodies and that they should just be a sex symbol rather than actually use their heads. He treats women like objects and the male characters in the novel use women, abuse women, and throw them aside. I believe that Daisy, Jordan and Myrtle are prime examples of women in The Great Gatsby being treated poorly. In this novel, Daisy is the most abused by male characters.
Shakespeare, Chaucer and Barnes present elements of power and control through unexpected power shifts that occur regardless of the protagonists’ representation within society. Power shifts within society can be presented within gender roles as patriarchal societies within Othello and The Merchant’s Tale viewed women to be possessions, submissive and meek to manipulate and mould them into their desired representations of spouses. This, therefore, presents the power that husbands demand over their wives and once this control is lost, feelings of helplessness and obsession irrupt, due to the fear of their reputation. Seemingly this could also be explored through the disturbing and dark tone of Before She Met Me as the reader receives a deep insight into the levels of obsession from which the protagonist suffers after believing that he is receiving ocular proof of his wife’s affairs.
Her crime is heinous because it violates her social role, which has been erected into a principle of experience: She fails to uphold the feminine principle.” Patriarchal society degrades Lady Macbeth and controls her such a way which they want and make her insignificant. In The Second Sex, Simon De Beauvoir (267) puts that “one is not born a woman, but becomes one.” Men hold the dominate position and women subordinate because men think “this is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called woman, because she was taken out of man” (Genesis, cited in Joubert 192). Though “women are measured by the standard of men and found inferior” (Nayar 88), and “a woman becomes a woman, or ‘possesses’ a woman’s identity because she plays the role of women repeatedly” (Nayar 91), Lady Macbeth shows her intellect to achieve the goal and becomes evil because the society doesn’t tolerate her intellect and work by which she can succeed. The society treats
These flavours of irony are enhanced through characters’ names. “Alec D’Urberville” is a counterfeit D’Urberville whereas “Tess Durbeyfield” is a rightful “D’Urberville”, evoking male perfidy and nobility of the “fallen woman”. Similarly, through the play title “Hedda Gabler”, Ibsen’s refusal to subsume Hedda’s personality into her marital title “Tesman” foregrounds her unorthodox personality, portraying the encumbering marriage facing every Victorian women, in which the limitation of the feminine role is embedded in the very nomenclature of society. The writers endow Tess and Hedda with strength necessary to unleash revenge against the “seducer”, a polemic against masculine subduer of female innocence. Both writers subvert traditionally masculine symbols to convey the idea of retribution with Hardy
Due to the time period that the story grasp in, women was staying home as a housewife or accepting the lowest paying professions. Yet, this would connect to why Dewey Dell in As I Lay Dying, the only daughter in the Burden’s family, was expected to stay home and take care of her ill mother as her father and brothers were out working. The ability of what an individual can or cannot do is not based on their performance, but based on their sexuality. Tran also adds in the second book
Handmaids are subjected to specific gender roles in the women community. Each women in the community has a certain job that most men assume is the woman 's job. Handmaids are for the use of reproduction and there is suppose to be no emotion or spiritual connection with these ladies. Martha’s who are used for cooking and cleaning among the house and lastly, jezebels who are used for erotic sex. Each of these women who fall among the categories have no choice of their field.
The roles of women are immanently transcending as society continues to alter their perception of the female race. Since the misogynistic Elizabethan era, women exceed the expectations of encompassing subservient and docile characteristics to becoming respectable individuals capable of embracing their own beliefs rather than a man’s. However, equality for women’s rights only began with the recognition of society’s unequal treatment towards women. The Taming of the Shrew in its own sense stands as small step of recognition towards the early fight for the rights of women. Shakespeare uses this piece of literature to essentially reveal and criticize the manner in which male-dominated societies treat women as animals that are to be tamed.