Resistance In Resistance Literature

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I. Introduction Resistance Literature is a universal movement that left its distinguished mark in many countries in the world and it has brought about life altering changes in the lives of many people who have, for a long time, only existed but never truly lived. Yet, different circumstance, cultures or types of suffering produce varying definitions of the notion of resistance. For instance, guided by the words of Barbara Harlow, people come to the conclusion that Resistance Literature is, simply put, the concrete method that individuals, who have been wronged, turn to in order relay the wrong doings that have been committed against them and to express their protest. Harlow believes that this literature "addresses thematically the sociopolitical…show more content…
The reasons that led to the formation of this movement were the unfair politics that only served man but usurped women and deprived them of their most basic rights. There were several laws that limited the education that all women are titled to in order to force them to remain ignorant and dependent on the men who provide for them. At that time women were not allowed to be control of their financial assets as property rights only belonged to men. All women were treated as if they are merely breeding objects which caused a great blow to their self esteem. The political and suffering conditions of women all over the world can be summed up in the words of Elizabeth Cady Stanton "The history of mankind is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations on the part of man toward woman" (Freedman 136- 37). Thus, starting from 1960s and 1970s feminists began to actively use language and literature to achieve their political awakening (Freedman 356). Therefore, Literature became the way that female writers turned to in order to encourage other women to speak up about their suffering and pain and to no longer just endure in silence. The dominant purpose of most novels that were written in relation to Feminism was to shed light on the horrors that women must bear all their lives such as sexual assaults, abortions, and verbal and physical abuses. Among the recurring themes in this literature were pictures of gender and class discriminations (Freedman 363-64). "From personal journals writing, novels and memoirs to exposes of abuse with titles such as I never told anyone, women named what has been silenced" (Freedman 365). The diction that women used in their novels and poetry was full of pride and portrayed their goal of finally coming of age and becoming independent. By telling how their lives have been
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