Outline Question: How does the text conform to, or deviate from, the conventions of a particular genre, and for what purpose? Source: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Points: Pride and Prejudice received much criticism by authors, such as Charlotte Bronte and Ralph Waldo Emerson, for being a mundane book with female characters that fit the cookie-cutter image of English life. Pride and Prejudice deviates from the social norms it is being accused of by showing and portraying female characters going against what was expected of them. An example being the refusal of marriage that would be financially securing for the family. Pride and Prejudice also deviates from social conventions at that time because Austen writes Pride and Prejudice as a social satire and makes humor of the traditional roles of women.
Even though Shelley and Huxley were two completely different genders, they were still huge criticizers of the society that surrounded them. They both lived during very patriarchal times and successfully mocked that part of society in their writing. Mary Shelley had even gone as far as to publishing Frankenstein without her name on it. In her age, it was wild for a woman to be so intelligent and have the capability to write a novel like this. If she had published it under her name, who knows if the novel would have been as successful as it is.
The representation of women, however, is more impactful than the other motifs. Especially since such a perspective goes heedless by most readers, delving one’s focus and condensing at Shelley’s low-key stance of discrimination against women, as a full-grown woman, is palpable. What this looks like in practice with contemporary movements is coalition building targeted at the undermined women existent today. By the same token, Frankenstein allows both modern male and female reader to avoid such a monstrous brainchild from engendering. The notion of ‘beauty doesn’t matter’ in this day and age is exploited and persecuted where the women who don’t abide by modern standards of beauty are framed as the ‘other’, similar to the creature.
Hedda is a victim of all the negative qualities that can be imagined. Ibsen has tried to move away from the stereotypical women by sketching feminist dramas but yet when he deprives the woman of her doll-like exquisiteness and angelic beauty, he still remains confined to the stereotypical women rather he makes them monstrous and treacherous. In my research, I will look out to these questions that How can a loving wife neglect and torture her husband? How can she insult her husband and his relatives? How a female can negate her child?
Woman has been worshipped as a Mother, as a goddess, as Nature and at the same time, she is condemned as a Witch and as a Seductress. She has rarely been perceived simply as a ‘Human Being’. Thus, there is a duality in the projection of female in literature. Females are oppressed and exploited in our society as it remains culturally patriarchal in spite of democracy. The men have internally colonized the minds of women, often making them aware of the limitations.
They are still considered less equal to men. The important age-old practice of dowry is an injustice against women is still in practice. The men folk in our country enjoy freedom to the full, even the freedom to do the evil against women. The novel Lamps in the Whirlpool is feminist in its theme, treatment and language. It raises issues which echo in the hearts of many repressed women.
In some societies, women 's status improved gradually, while in other, it declined or remained unchanged.Throughout history, society has stereotyped women, making it merely impossible for women to achieve her goals and desires in life. In life and in this county women have always been treated as second best by biased men. Women have always been treated like they are never good enough for opportunities
Where the poet accepts herself as a freak and described herself having a flamboyant lust. In actual meaning freak is referred to as extremely unusual or unlikely or abnormal, where as in this poem freaks refer to the poet and the women especially the Indian women. The women who go against social norms and the women with brain is considered as a freak as an abnormal person. The poet wanted something more, beyond societal views, mental capability and being able to be appreciated and cherished from her husband but she can’t and those wants of her is considered as abnormal by the society. Therefore, the poet accepts herself as a freak, this shows her strong opponent against the society.
Women lacked the freedom and independence they not only wanted but needed due to a society run patriarchal views that hindered the growth of women. Not only were they expected to reside in the home but women were also tied down through marriage with the expectation of blindly following their husband without challenging their authority. Kate Chopin’s short story, “Story of an Hour”, uncovers the chilling truth of how women were perceived to have longed and enjoyed marriage during the 18th and 19th century when in actuality many felt confined, trapped and imprisoned due to what society and men wanted them to do. The story reveals that the impending pressures of having to become a good wife and mother along with patriarchal societal oppression oftentimes pressures a woman into experiencing a psychological breakdown that can result in fatal consequences. Chopin begins the story with the protagonist, Mrs. Mallard, being told
Refection To the young women of Malolos Long before the dawn of the contemporary era, women had been regarded inferior by nature and by law. The thinking that women were inferior to men was taken by the Christians from the Greek philosophers. Plato (427 - 347 BC) asserted that women were products of the physical degradation of the human beings. “Even Aristotle (384 - 322 BC) claimed women as ‘defective’ beings. The Roman family law professed the husband to be the outright master.