Hester understands that she has committed a sin, and takes full responsibility for her actions. She embroiders her own scarlet letter ‘A’ for ‘Adulteress’ that the townspeople make her wear, and dresses Pearl in all red, presumably to acknowledge her sin. However, near the end of The Scarlet Letter, she plans to run away with Dimmesdale, which would challenge her religion and morals. In The Crucible, Mary has wanted to tell the truth since Act I. Throughout the play, she faces peer pressure, which affects her behavior.
In “Stop Telling Women What to Wear,” Pamela Divinsky compares the right of autonomy concerning one’s clothing choices to the dress-codes and regulations instilled by schools, workplaces, and the government, focusing on the controversy surrounding what women can and cannot wear. Divinsky uses this to draw attention to these institutions’ obsession with women’s appearances, and the fact that lawmakers and boards should have no say in the matter, referencing arbitrary dress codes, and most notably, the injudicious and unmindful passing of Bill 62. She laces her article with a subtle tone of scorn towards those who are “distressed” by the niqab, reprimanding their unjustified “discomfort” and prompting them to “get over it,” awakening them to the reality that their petty and paternalistic legislation even further oppresses and profiles women, and endangers their agency and rights. Divinsky makes quick work of multiple anti-niqab arguments, offering simple and feasible solutions that would appease both sides, and describing their opposition with belittling words such as “discomfort” and “disturb,” likening their concerns to the trifling remarks of an old-timer who is bound by their outdated dogma. “For many, opposition to the niqab is harder to pinpoint,” she subtly ridicules, implying that their uneasiness is irrational and has no valid grounds, as they themselves do not really know why they are so opposed to it, but they “just are.” Divinsky shows anti-niqab readers
Not only women have been objectified, but also the average female reader has been forced to face an unrealistic misconception towards the female body. In Grace Bai’s article Ad Bank Semiotic Analysis: Cosmopolitan and Maxim Magazines we encounter the stereotyped female figure and how contemporary advertising customs create ultra sexist notions
In an excerpt from Little Women, the March sisters craved attention from their mother and had to make the difficult of helping others. Influence is the prime factor in the way choices are made. Things like past experiences, self relevance, and cognitive biases build up the influence in decisions. In “Abuela Invents the Zero” by Judith Ortiz-Cofer, Constancia makes a number of decisions that are influenced by cognitive biases, self-relevance, and past experiences. The text specifies this by saying, "I 'm so embarrassed that even though the woman next to me is shooting daggers at me with her eyes, I just can 't move to go get her" (Ortiz-Cofer para 14).
Wollstonecraft, in order to convince her readers for change, gather up what women lack and blames it all back to their lack of education, thus proving her point more. She does not only attack men who she believes is wrong, but she also mocks these privileged women who are gullible and too caught up with only themselves, fashion, and criticizing other females. She writes, “and these young ladies, with minds vulgar in every sense of the word, and spoiled tempers, entered life puffed up with notions of their own consequence, and looking down with contempt on
Shugart said RAG DOLL!’”(Chua 47-48). This quote reinforces the tense tone of the excerpt because the mother was screaming. The quotes “I always tried my best to reinforce Mr. Shugart’s points” and “‘Stop it Mommy. Just stop it.’”(Chua 47-48) show the tone of caring because Chua said she tried to reinforce the points of the teacher which shows that she tried to help her daughter the way the teacher did. The daughter also called Chua “Mommy”
Women in Culture and Society from the Story “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid Women in society have always been judged by their actions and appearance. In the short story "Girl", the narrator focus is advising the girl to avoid wrong judgment that can damage her reputation, but also teaches her thing she should know to have a better life. Although the defining of a lady is different everywhere around the word, is safe to say that is a women that behave to society standards. Society judge a lady by the way she behaves in front other, trying to be the perfect lady. While in the Middle East a lady is a woman who is respectful to men and dresses to their culture standard; covering their hair and/or face.
In Marge Piercy’s poem “Barbie Doll,” the girl-child was perceived on the effect that society has expected in women. There stood a hazardous trend that raged in her society causing self-destruction. This comes to comparing the normal to unreal to satisfy on what society begs the girl child to be. This may occur within both genders. However, in the poem “Barbie Doll” it was more likely to occur within a girl gender.
Women are characterized to be a particular way since they are constantly being prejudiced on the basis of their gender. They are expected to dress a certain way, act in one way as opposed to another, take care of a family, and be able to cook. This prejudice is prevalent across the globe, whether in America, as depicted by the poem “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy, or in Antigua as described by the prose “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid. Even though there is a great similarity between the social pressures faced by women in both America and Antigua, American women are greatly judged on a physical level, while in Antigua, women are predominantly judged on their capability to completing household chores. In “Barbie Doll”, the narrator depicts an American
Lisbon, further leading to their suicide. The assessment of the girls’ physical presence, created by Mrs. Lisbon relies on that she makes the girls dress and physically appear a particular way, to her liking. Through Mrs. Lisbon prohibition of wearing any sort of makeup, forcing the girls to dress a certain way and even requiring them to wear long shapeless sacks to Homecoming, further represses the girls’ outlet to express themselves. In the mornings before school or church, “she [Mrs. Lisbon] checked each daughter for signs of makeup before allowing her to get in the car, and it was not unusual for her to send Lux back inside to put on a less revealing top” (6). The way one dresses or the way they do their makeup is a potential outlet of expressing emotions, which is stripped from the girls.