The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy depicts the inner lives and hardships women in a patriarchal society face. Roy provides a reflection of the social injustice in India in the form of abusive and tyrannical males who abuse women - both physically and psychologically. The novel is a vehicle for the author to express her disillusionment with the postcolonial social conditions. This response will critically analyse the lives of the female characters in Roy’s novel, specifically Mammachi and Ammu and explore the ways they have been marginalised.
For centuries, women have been exploited by the society. Events of women being prohibited from doing things like voting or working and being forced to behave the way it is considered to be socially acceptable have been jotted down in history. Until today women are still viewed as the weaker sex. In some countries, women are regarded less than human and are treated like slaves. Khaled Hosseini goes into the oppression of women in his novel A Thousand Splendid Suns.
During the 1890’s until today, the roles of women and their rights have severely changed. They have been inferior, submissive, and trapped by their marriage. Women have slowly evolved into individuals that have rights and can represent “feminine individuality”. The fact that they be intended to be house-caring women has changed.
The role that women played in the 1920’s was to start to break free from their social cages. Frederick Douglass once said, “The thing worse than rebellion is the thing that causes rebellion.” Years of oppression made women rebel and it was a controversial movement. Throughout “The Great Gatsby”, the female characters ultimately were portrayed in a negative manner, but the actions of those 1920’s women sparked dynamic
Both of these characters commit adultery and both live in the same restricted Puritan era. Yet, Hester is publically ashamed, isolated from the Puritan society, and remains a legend, while Abigail is revered, embraced by her society, and in fact is a ruthless woman; Hawthorne 's Hester is the epitome of atonement and morality, while Miller 's Abigail is an illustration of authority in the wrong hands, and the destructive impact jealousy and vengeance can have on a person. The circumstances which both of these women live in play a large role in shaping their characters. Abigail is a pariah in the society who has painful experiences with love, which are major contributing factors in making her resentful. Miller creates an atmosphere of a really restrictive society in Salem.
The Crucible Arthur Miller purposefully stereotypes the women in the Crucible to make a statement concerning the treatment of women in modern society. Miller is making the statement that most women is modern society are viewed as having many negative characteristics, just because of their gender. In the Crucible, Miller primarily used Elizabeth Proctor, Mary Warren, and Abigail Williams to show how negative stereotypes are used against women in modern society. Women are often portrayed as being cold and cruel if they don’t fit the picture of a happy housewife, and that’s how Elizabeth Proctor was depicted.
The 1960's were the beginning of social rebellions, like, women's rights movements and the Civil Rights Movement. Women in positions of authority were perceived as manipulators and castrators. For example, one of the most controversial points McMurphy makes in the book is the fear of women, and the women in the book are constantly described as threatening and terrifying figures. Most of the patients have been damaged by relationships with overpowering women. Chief's mom is portrayed as a castrating woman.
The late 19th century was period of repressive Victorian era societal and gender roles that plagued and deprived women of their agency and rights. This was period of patriarchal hegemony that impacted women in both the private and public sphere of society. By, attempting to navigate through this malaise of despondency and loneliness, Moreover, Gilman not only faces an existential crisis, but the narrator had to confront her depression as well as evaluate the conflicting relationship with her
Keeping women locked up and away from society also contributed to the increasing negative views of women as they began to act out without freedoms. The roles and views of women were downgraded during the colonial era, contributing to the struggle of women to be endured for many years to
India has become a society that is not only surrounded by issues of gender inequality, but the sheer lack of respect for women has led it to be a terrifying place for the women and girls in the country. This paper will analyze how the role of women was drastically changed from the Vedic times after the introduction of sacred Hindu texts like the Vedic Folklore and the Laws of Manu. Hindu followers worship female Goddesses like Devi and Lakshmi, but condemn women in their own homes because of the dharma (duties) imposed on them through certain Hindu texts. This conflict of feminism in the Hindu religion versus gender inequality in society shows how religious Hindu texts led to the separation of Hindu Goddesses and Hindu women. In India, only men are seen as godly, while women are seen as their devotees.
Women were not respected and often thought of sex objects that are there to make great men fall; this becomes very evident in the literature written during this time. In Beowulf, Grendel’s mother a monster, who is given the qualities of a women and represents women who are not submissive to their husbands. “Grendel’s mother, monstrous hell bride, brooded on her wrongs. ”(Beowulf, page 56, lines 58, 59).
The myth of the Welfare Queen Social structures and the way society is organized affect the behaviors and actions of humans. Throughout history have faced great deal of inequality and poverty. This social issue has led to many maladaptive behavior, lack of opportunities, and in many cases to an excuse for discrimination and racism. In the early 70s, the term known as “welfare queen” was introduced to the American society when referring to women’s who were living under poverty and were using and abusing the welfare system.
My African-American Women and Colorism Black women have been ridiculed physically, and spiritually for centuries. Looked upon as non-human, we were the ultimate targets of mental and sexual abuse, public discrimination, and emotional cruelty. These generations of abuse, and hurt have a great impact and has affected us as individuals, families, and our communities. The movie Dark Girls gave me an opportunity to take a complex aspect on the effects of colorism, the self-perception of Black women personally and as a group. How it mainly relates to how we perceive complexion, the history, family, and how it affects us globally.
In Transnational Cycles of Gendered Vulnerability: Theory of Global Gender, Alison Jaggar argues that across the globe, women are entrapped in cycles of poverty, abuse, and disenfranchisement of multiple varieties. (Jaggar 33) Part of her argument emphasizes women 's lack of education, which contributes to their inability to find work, escape abusive relationships etc. While I agree that women worldwide are continuous victims of vicious patriarchal oppression and subjection, and that said despotism should be viewed as a universal injustice, Jaggar’s particular view of the role of education, race, socioeconomic status and sexuality is fallacious. Her criticism of Susan Moller Okin’s theory of gendered vulnerability relies heavily on her perceived
Feminism is present throughout the novel, as Catherine defaces many of the expectations enforced on her, and tons of the morals that many would criticize her on, because of her gender. Heathcliff and Catherine both struggle to find their places in society and are floundered by the psychological torment of their surroundings. In The Psychology of Loneliness in “Wuthering Heights”, Levy notes, “As a result of the unlove that they were made to suffer, both Heathcliff and Catherine, by opposite means and in distinct circumstances, turn loneliness into a community of rejection over which they wield absolute control” (160/Levy). Whenever Catherine is around Heathcliff, she fails to please her family because of his social order and unorthodox way of living. Even though they both love each other, it is almost like they are even more lonely when beside one another, because they are excluded from the rest of society, which is what makes them so alike.