This can be exhibited when she states “..that a highly gifted girl who had tried to use her gift for poetry would have been so thwarted and hindered by other people, so tortured and pulled asunder by her own contrary instincts, that she must have lost her health and sanity to a certainty.” Woolf desires to validate the idea that “woman cannot write the plays of Shakespeare” but intends to clarify that this is not due to a lack of talent or ability equal to that of men, but simply because the societal structures at the time rendered it impossible for them to be equally successful. In the development of her argument, Woolf starts out by exposing the belief that it was impossible for women to “have the genius of Shakespeare” and she contextualises the reader with some basic information, given by an authority figure “Professor Trevelyan” about women’s conditions during the era. Woolf then provides the reader with a hypothetical situation to ponder on: What if Shakespeare had had a sister — that is, a female sibling of
Woman versus Women”, Cole argues that Fuller went beyond both feminists by going beyond the political and social aspects of the movement to add new elements concerning the potential of humanity’s divine nature (Cole). Comparisons of Fuller to Wollstonecraft made due to similar views shared by both that women haven't been given the opportunity to succeed/ 'take their rightful place' without being met with restraint and opposition (Duran). Like Wollstonecraft, Sarah Grimke’s work appears in her writing but isn’t explicitly mentioned even though Fuller’s Great Lawsuit depends on Grimke’s “Letters on the Equality of the Sexes” (Cole). Though both sisters were controversial for their public speaking role, Fuller went beyond that in Woman to include the voices of women past and present who she saw as role models for being in harmony with the natural law to support her argument (Cole). Fuller’s belief in transcendental quality (divine nature of humanity) made it possible for her to extend her argument to include equality going beyond society in a utopian society where humanity lives in accordance with the divine law
Furthermore, Feminist Criticism provides a better view of literature because it shows that women can be powerful. When Emilia finds out that her husband has been plotting an evil plan she says,” Tis proper I obey him, but not now”(Othello V.2.195). Emilia refuses to help her husband after she finds the cruel intentions he has despite the expectation of women always being submissive to their husbands. Women also have a voice and feelings, they are capable of defying their husbands commands when they know what he expects is simply wrong. In a literary article,The Role of Women in Othello: A Feminist Reading states that,” Society weighs heavily on the shoulders of women; they feel that they must support the men and defer to them, even if the actions of the men are questionable” (Literary Articles).
In addition to unrealistic standards, Orenstein is alarmed by the growing popularity of princesses because she views them as “retrograde role models” (329). Therefore, she thinks princesses teach false lessons on morals, speculating less attractive girls will be bullied. Although Orenstein takes a second wave feminist approach, Poniewozik has a third wave feminism viewpoint, which states women can perform female and male tasks. Poniewozik describes various new princess movies that have a third wave feminism approach, for example in The Prince & Me, Paige chooses her career of becoming a doctor over the prince (324). However, in the sequel, she marries the prince and continues working as a doctor.
Katha Pollitt, in her essay, “Marooned on Gilligan’s Island: Are Women Morally Superior to Men?” addresses the topic of how difference feminists actually weaken women. Difference feminists believe that women are morally superior to men. Pollitt was invited to sign a peace petition, but realized it was actually demeaning to women. Throughout her essay, Pollitt discredits several difference feminists by stating the flaws in their claims. The claims difference feminist make are such as the idea that all women are nurturers.
While Desdemona is a remarkably strong character, Emilia also displays independence unmatched by any other female in Othello, and there are multiple details of Shakespeare and his time that may have prompted such a portrayal. In Elizabethan England, many women worked behind the scenes of productions, like Shakespeare’s, as uncredited authors and editors (Crowley). Due to their anonymity, nobody can be sure that women were involved in Shakespeare’s plays nor Othello in particular, but there is a genuine possibility that female writers did have leverage. This may have had to do with how Emilia was portrayed as resilient from the time of Desdemona’s death all the way until her own, standing up for herself regardless of the ridicule it caused her (Iyasere). In fact, it even killed her in the end.
All throughout time women have been treated differently from men. They were not given a voice or trust but was it for the better? I am deciding to defend feminist because women need to be treated better and in this essay i will show you how women were treated and why it 's wrong. Although i believe in defending feminism some believe women should not be treated equal. I am explaining this through showing that men were not expected to love their wives.
The novel Of Mice and Men would change drastically if Lennie and George were to change genders. As a women, Curley’s wife didn’t pay much attention to Lennie. She is known as a person who would “feel right aroun’ there an’ see how soft it is.” (Steinbeck, 90) Her actions illustrated how she can be a seductive person because she was the one who took Lennie’s hand and placed it on her head. If she didn’t take his hand, then Lennie wouldn’t have began, “stroking her hair,” (Steinbeck, page 90) which wouldn’t have provoked Lennie into touching and strangling her. This caused Lennie to cover her mouth and twist her neck, resulting in her death.
My Connection: Virgina previously said that it would be impossible for a woman to write the plays of shakespeare in the age of Shakespeare, so now she builds on that by describing to us why it was so impossible, through Judith’s story. As she tells us Judith’s story we begin to get an insight on the things that made it impossible. Textual Quotation and Technique (3): “How, then, could it have been born among women whose work began, according to Professor Trevelyan, almost before they were out of the nursery, who were forced to it by their parents and held to it by all the power of law and custom?” This is a rhetorical strategy because Virginia is asking the reader a rhetorical question. My Bounce: This quote is important because Virginia is asking us how could women possibly do great things in the field of writing and poetry when their work began so early? As we think of the answer to her question her argumentative claim is strengthened because we know that the answer is that the women couldn 't and that the women would be unable to write the plays of
It happens that girls are discouraged from entering certain fields of study with claims that they should make more feminine choices. In many parts of the world this discrimination prevents girls from for filling their academic ambitions and therefore eventually grow up to feel inferior to the men that were able to fulfill their ambitions and become more successful later on. There are several overlaps of the different understandings of what feminism actually is, one main idea that many need to cancel out is the belief that feminism is an anti-make movement. In fact, feminism targets the equality of society as a whole, it addresses the equality of both males and females so that we live in a more peaceful and civilized manner. By General definition, feminism is a philosophy that values women and their contributions to society, and well as giving these contributions the importance which they truly deserve.