For women who did not grow up with Fuller’s advantages, it was a very daunting task. Fuller encouraged women to go against the grain and educate themselves. She told women to disregard society and learn to be an independent person. In these aspects she shows a few of Emerson’s main ideas. Fuller is different in her thought process though, because she is mainly talking to women in her essay.
Text one, “The Birthplace of Women’s Rights”, says Stanton argued the right to vote, but it doesn’t go on to say if this had an influence on people. Text two explicitly states her saying “I forged the thunderbolts; she fired them.” This provides information on how Stanton and Anthony were effective in spreading their ideologies. Text one states that Stanton and four other women were sitting around a table trying to figure out what to do. This piece of evidence implies that they weren’t prepared for the convention at Seneca Falls and doesn’t represent her great abilities. “A Powerful
In Amy Tan’s Joy Luck Club, the different stories show how the different characters develop and progress. Rose Hsu Jordan begins “Half and Half” as someone who clearly lacks of conviction as she allows everyone but her to make decisions. Throughout “Without Wood”, however, Rose Hsu Jordan begins to learn, with the help of her mother, how to speak up. In both stories, Rose Hsu Jordan’s development transforms her from a timid and passive girl, to an assertive woman who doesn’t allow others to step on her. Nonetheless, this change was brought upon not by an event, but rather, it was brought upon by Rose’s mother.
To be a woman is to be quiet, only speak when you are spoken to; to be submissive, if a man asks you do something, he is the one with more power, so do it; to put others opinions before your own; you may like that shirt, but someone else won’t take you seriously, so change. Unfortunately, this is what many girls are taught from a young age. All of these rules are so deeply rooted in our society that it does not feel like misogyny, it feels like day to day life. In order to survive, women constantly adjust themselves to a society that demands perfection from us. “Compromise is what women do.” Chimamanda Adichie makes this statement in her speech, Why We Should All Be Feminist.
Women constantly live their lives knowing that there are rules and expectations to be followed. Social expectations have set standards for women to achieve. As time progresses, the thought of society rules for women has slowly diminished. Progressively, women are starting to stop the disadvantages they face in society and break the status quo. Standing up for themselves influenced many other women to take part in this action.
Dana Seitler argued that “it is not a monster, but often a mother who negotiates, threatens, and ultimately restores a sense of cultural survival and national futurity to the social world” (Seitler 63). By this she means that in spite of women being treated differently than what was considered the male “norm,” women were ultimately in charge of the shift in power that was soon to come forth. Also, the way women were treated served as an escape for feministic views and “exciting proof of the on-going fight for liberation” (Seitler 63). As time went by, the structure of society began to shift with women fighting for their rights, as well as rights to be able to work a job. As the world began to be more industrialized, with women participating
Questions: 2.) In this section, the Wife of Bath comments on the different answers given to the Knight, and her comments give insight to her opinions and views of women. For example, the text states, “Others assert we women find it sweet when we are thought dependable, discreet and secret, firm of purpose and controlled, never betraying things that we are told. But that’s not worth the handle of a rake; women conceal a thing? For Heaven’s sake!” This quote suggests that the Wife of Bath believes all women are incapable of keeping a secret, which is an untrue and harmful stereotype.
She accepts male-chauvinistic society. But at the end of the novel she finds with her ‘self’. Marian partially reconstructs that new persona or concept of self through a renewed relationship to food. Non-eating in The Edible Woman is mainly a symbol of the denial of the patriarchal model of femininity. Although the protagonist is an educated bright woman who lives on her own, she feels manipulated and unable to take decisions for herself.
Cisneros emphasizes and reveals the sexual and emotional concepts of womanhood in this text. Things such as wage gaps, work, and basic feminism are the concepts of womanhood that aren’t revealed in this text. Over all Cisneros directly connects with women and explores womanhood in her writing through the narrator, Clemencia. The rejection Clemencia experiences throughout this text causes a change in her that is understood and experienced by most. At the end of the story Clemencia seemed to bounce back from her bitterness and embraced the more mature side of herself showing that she had grown wiser from what she had