Similarly, in the woman warrior, “no name woman” bore the wrath of the villagers in silence without uttering the name of the man who sired her child. Kingston particularly gets mad about this silence and even attacks the silent sister at the lavatory reminding her that she was not going to be a housewife. Anzadula herself claims that she will no longer be ashamed of her existence and will use her own “serpent tongue” to overcome the traditional silence (81). The two authors show that their culture had defined role for women. Anzaldua claims that hers expected a Mastiza to turn to church as a nun, to streets as prostitute or to home as a mother.
Chopin was motivated by Maupassant who escaped from authority and tradition to look into his life and discover himself. Edna is seen as a deviant from the societal norms in the 1800s culture and partially contributed to the making of the current day woman. Women’s Rights, Femininity, and Motherhood In the 1800s femininity was defined and controlled with severity; the young women faced numerous rules and restrictions as they grew up from one stage to the other. Women could not participate in social functions like voting, hold property, and could also not file for divorce. There were also other intangible social restrictions; women could not expose their bodies to the sun, they were not allowed to be too warm or too cold, women were supposed to desire marriage above all things and tolerate sexual activities.
Lastly Ruth tries really hard to be independent and doesn't accept the help she needs from others because just like orchids need water Ruth ends up needing the help she had denied. Also, Tan shows ‘silence’ as a symbol in The Bonesetter's Daughter because after Precious Auntie's incident she is unable to speak and leads a life in silence. Also for a week each year Ruth loses her voice for an unknown reason. Finally, when Ruth breaks her arm on the playground she is given the love and affection she wants from her mother. Ruth is afraid that if she starts talking she will lose the care she wants.
Persepolis Reflective Statement How was your understanding of the cultural and contextual considerations of “Persepolis” developed through the interactive oral? My understanding and exploration of Persepolis, the tale of young Iranian girl was looked at through a feminist lense, therefore noticing the cultural differences and the role of women in Iran in contrast to that of my own. However, I also was interested by the role of religion in the book which was omnipresent. As Satrapi’s childhood unfolds throughout the war, we continually see how women are mistreated through both culture and religion. Women were not allowed to wear makeup and had to always wear the veil.
The book I Am Malala is about a young girl who is at odds with the Taliban because she disagrees with their extreme views of the Islamic religion and stands up for women’s rights, education most specifically. Malala shows her need for control over her life from the very beginning when she begins her fight for education. A lot of people in the Islamic religion believe that women should never be seen with a male other than their relative. The Taliban despised the idea of women getting an education, but Malala and many others fought back. Many people, her father being the biggest advocate, believed that “lack of education was the root of all Pakistan’s problems” (page 41).
The life style in this country for a woman is not acceptable, society does not gave respect and importance to them, and they are only for the use of sexual fulfilments and desires. She is that writer whose works mainly revolve around the women of the Middle East. This book also speaks about the character of princess Sultans. The woman of this region faced very harsh and stern life. The situations which women faced were related to very horrible reality of that time, they are forced to live life like this and this shows the struggle of Sultana’s who took initiative or struggled to overcome challenges of females.
Reflective Statement: The main subject we brought to our discussion related to the novel Madame Bovary was the lack of power that women had in Flaubert’s ti me (nineteenth century), the writer of the book. We analysed how women were seen as property of the man and the lack of importance that was given to them or their opinions. All women acts were considered a rebellion at the time, as the only thing they were expected to do was to stay at home. The book’s main character, Madame Bovary, a girl who grew up in a convent, dreams with a life with love and marriage, considered by her a way of solving all her problems. She wants to change the reality she lives in, she aims for a better life, with more money and liberty.
Women in Afghanistan were treated worse than animals. Their ‘watan’ as the called it refused all women basic rights;Women should not appear in the streets without a blood relative or without wearing a burqa, Women should not wear high-heeled shoes as no man should hear a woman’s footsteps lest it excite him and the list goes on. They were denied health care and even little things such as nail varnish was forbidden. Needless to say the Taliban was ruthless.
Women decided to picket outside of the White House; these women were arrested and put in prison. In the film Iron Jawed Angels a particular statement was given throughout a scene “In prison or out American women are not free” According to this statement, regardless of their stability inside or outside prison for those women who were imprisoned American women were not freed from social injustice. Woodrow Wilson declared war in 1917, The United States of America officially entered the war. Women worked hard and persistently petitioning the government for their right to vote. After the hunger strikes realized by imprisoned suffragists, and after women contributed to the war efforts the 19th Amendment passed in 1920.
Better opportunities need to be provided for women that choose to enter the workforce. They can even place jobs into their work system geared toward time frames that are looked upon by the people as suitable for women to be a part of the workforce and not interfere with family life. Women should be allowed to have ownership of their finances and property to increase the family well-being. All of which stems from allowing women equal rights in society in