Gloria Naylor (1949-2016), a Profound African American woman writer depicted her vision about world through her writings. Her novels engraved by the portrayal of women who were confronting the adverse struggle for asserting women’s independence. In the plight of poverty, partiality and crushing hardship Naylor emphasize the strengths of women especially African American womanhood. She wants to shatter the infused stereotype on women by the society. So, her women characters are always despaired, self-assured, fortitude and determined.
Mary was the daughter of the philosopher William Godwin regarded as one of the founders of anarchism and Mary Wollstonecraft one of the first female published writers. Her father home schooled Mary until the age of fifteen. Because of this constant contact it is possible that his ideal of anarchism could be reflected in her daughter’s writing by the way she
They live in a country and era in which essentialist assumptions of sexual identities and gender roles are clearly defined and categorized in men or masculine whom hold positions of authority and feminine or women whom of largely maintain domestic roles. Hence, the Mirabals’ girls challenge this unchanging views of the subject and the idea of a sex/gender distinction. Alvarez creates complex, individual characters for each sister to show the real women behind the famous martyrs. Alvarez creates personalities for the sisters, but sticks to the basic historical facts. Alvarez sets up the transitions between the present and the past due to illustrate the consequence of Mirabals sisters’ attitude toward their awareness of gender
Both of these women care passionately about their families; while one holds herself with independence the other relies on codependency, and both kill to protect their morals. Dickens uses these women 's abilities and stories to show certain problems that still present themselves today. Even though these women kill in a fictional novel, the reasons, such as for standing up for their beliefs, still exist today. Familial love has a very strong and influential power. Passionate familial love can either take a turn for the better or for the worse.
Medea uses Ethos, the persuasion through ethical arguments, to appeal to the female Chorus who live in a patriarchal land. Medea and the women of Corinth both share, to a different extent, the experience of being unfairly categorized as the caretaker of the family, which aids Medea in persuasion because she can be trusted as a woman to speak on the patriarchal society. She continues as ‘’of all creatures that have life and reason we women are the sorriest lot’’ (229-230) of all the living things Medea describes women as the ‘’sorriest’’ which suggests that women are pitied and helps Medea to allure the Chorus to be on her side. Medea suggests to the Chorus that Females ‘’must at a great expenditure of money buy a husband and even take on a master over our body: this evil is more galling than the first.’’(231-233) Medea is arguing that women must sacrifice a ‘’great’’ amount of money to ‘’buy’’ their partners. This conveys the patriarchal community in Corinth.
Weak and irrational, are just a couple terms used to describe women. These terms paint women as things that must be controlled, cause if not, they are not only a detriment to themselves but society as well. Very rarely is a woman described as strong, brave or independent, instead such terms are implied, forcing a reader to read between the lines. St. Perpetua is a prime example, she fights against the patriarchal society, breaking through stereotyping and emerging a new woman both strong and brave. Stereotyping is a very dangerous tool used to force a person into a specific role.
The seven monologues which comprise the production illustrate some of the struggles modern African-American women endure, such as rape, abortion, sex, and rejection. For example, “lady in red”, one of the monologues described as the most moving within, defines her love for a disembodied “you” within her monologue, recounting the heartbreak to which it has led her. The disembodiment of the woman’s lover is significant because it illustrates not only the woman’s loyalty, but the agency individuals who are not physically present can enact on an African-American woman’s life. Shange’s play was one of the first to address such controversial issues in an honest manner, and to investigate how these factors affect African-American
Gender Inequality: A Woman’s Struggle in “The Yellow Wallpaper” In “The Yellow Wallpaper”, Charlotte Perkins Gilman captures the lives of women in a society based on societal expectations during the late nineteenth century. She focuses on the issue of gender inequality where women were often discriminated against and expected to fulfill the role of a perfect wife and mother. The narrator is based on on Gilman’s personal experience of suffering from her treatment for postpartum depression due to the social restrictions on women which represents a reflection on women's social status in society. The narrator, who remains anonymous, is depicted as a depressed and isolated prisoner who is oppressed under her husband’s control and struggles to break free. Gilman presents the toxic effect of gender inequality particularly through the relationship between a husband and wife.
1.2 Plath’s use of symbols & motifs to depict the theme of social conventions The idea of social convention, ‘the way in which something is usually done in mass similarity’, is one of the most prominent ways in which Plath depicts female entrapment within her novel. The entire novel revolves around a woman 's battle with herself and the life she wishes for herself. The social convention aspect is all in all a synonym for what society expects of us. What society expects of an individual. In The Bell Jar social conventions like women settling down and giving birth to children are what really shows where a woman 's place is within the community.
In addition to that, the black community isolated Sethe because she did something that the community considered wrong. Black feminism will be the approach utilized here to see the oppression of woman of color because it includes sexism, classism and racism. Since the female characters are very dominant in the novel, a black feminist approach should be very effective and it enables one to see how the female characters deal with the past and live with it in the present, what motherhood mean to the female characters, and how much the past influences the female characters who lives in the present. The end of the novel reveals the forgiveness and the acceptance not only of the black community toward Sethe’s choice (killing her daughter) but also of the white people (the Bodwins) who accepted Denver to work for them. This reconciliation shows that the courage and the will to get rid off from the past to live side by side peacefully and to move toward the future together.