“[The southern woman] cannot express an opinion without having [her husband] sneer it down. He ridicules her efforts at self-improvement, […] and she feels insulted and outraged” (Dix). Dorothy Dix mentions the emotional tolls taken on Southern white women caused by the patriarchal oppression of the late 1890s. In doing so, Dix creates a comparison between the external patriarchal oppression affecting southern women, and its internal emotional effects. Kate Chopin applies this comparison to her novella, The Awakening, set in the late 1890s about a southern housewife, Edna, struggling to cope with the daily patriarchal oppression from her husband, her children, her peers, her society, and herself.
The play “A Raisin in the Sun,” is written by Lorraine Hansberry. The story is portrayed through the eyes of a small family and their struggle concerning the poor factors in which they are living in. The Youngers, a hard-working black family living in 1960’s, face the conflict of racism in their everyday lives. It is a very prominent fact that the characters feel captivated by their substantial home space, but they also feel restricted by their social roles that have been naturally given to them. For example, Beneatha, the daughter of another character referred to as ‘Mama,’ strives to become a doctor regardless of the family’s financial hassle.
The feminist lens focuses on the portrayal of female characters, gender equality, male patriarchy, and male control of economic, social, political, and psychological forces. A question that might come about when viewing the film adaptation of The Hunger Games from a feminist lens is this: are all female characters in the film portrayed similarly? To answer this question the viewer should look at the way Katniss takes care of her mother and younger sister. She is the caretaker and provider in the Everdeen household as she has stepped into her father’s role since he died and her mother shutdown. Katniss is portrayed as an ultimate feminist being strong and only dependent on herself, while her mother and younger sister are shown as being weaker and needing someone else to care for their needs.
One way she relates to the book is as a mother. In the book, Sethe tries to do anything she can to protect her children, and she tries to be a good role model towards them. Toni Morrison relates to this, because as a mother, she would do anything to save her two children, Harold and Slade. Another way Morrison relates is an African American woman. Morrison writes about the issues of post-Civil War and the issues Sethe and her family faces in the cruel times of slavery.
Black women were hired by white men/women to take care of their children and be the homemaker of their home and had to maintain the upkeep of their homes, children, and husbands. Zora Neal Hurston was 1 of many authors who left an impact on society. As Delia worked hard to Take care of her home, her husband as unemployed which made him insecure. Delia was also trapped
Lena Younger is the mother of Walter and Beneatha. She was the wife of her deceased husband, Walter Younger Sir. She’s a hard working black woman, but it seems to me she’s having a hard time finding her identity. She hides her feeling through her family. She never shows any emotions around her family.
Janie’s grandma made efforts to warn Janie of the systematic hardship she’ll endure as woman of color. (p.14) Nanny essentially told her that in terms of societal value, black women were the most taken for granted, for they’re the “mules uh de world” as far as she knew. Nanny was constantly urging Janie to find a man because of this. She believed that a man could better her granddaughter, whether there was requited love or not, by providing security and financial stability. Janie tried to refute this idea that only a man could complete her life.
Frieda is outspoken, courageous and wise. She is parallel to her mother who has raised two children whom she taught to love themselves unconditionally. Self-appreciation is a valuable instrument that the girls inherited, but Pecola does not realize her own worth throughout the story which contributes to her gradual demise. Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan becomes another example of a girl who
She continues to choose her family despite the constant struggles between her own values and the dominant American culture. She shows dedication to her family by staying in America even if she wants to go back to her home country and feels like she is losing her children to American values. Her story creates a unique outcome for her in comparison to her family of origin. She appears to be the only one in her family to live in the states, transforming her into a strong woman who can endure the culture change and being away from the ones she
In the short film and story “Everyday Use,” Alice Walker focuses on the constant battle that takes place in our society within that African Americans community of understanding the African-American culture and ancestry; leading to the differences within the Johnson family. This confrontation takes place between Dee, the only educated, ambitious yet cold one in the family; Maggie and their mother Mrs Johnson. The short film and story focuses on two different perspective and approaches towards the African-American culture. Alice Walker uses dramatization, individual personalities, and symbolism that draws attention to the Johnson family’s disagreement of how they display their culture and heritage. In the story, we are introduced to Dee
Her mother brushing off the death of Emmitt Till took the best of her curiosities and she questioned why her mother was acting so afraid although it was obvious that. This was the rise of her knowledge of discrimination amongst blacks and the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement for Anne. Through all of life’s hardships, she always found a purpose and kept her head held
In their eyes were watching god, it allows us to enter into the life of janie. Janie is one of our main characters who is longing for love. In the begining she was forced to marry and old man who she had no feelings for, she stayed hopeful that one day she would find the love she was searching for, and eventualy she did...well she atleast she thought she did.Zora Neal the author shows how even in the black community, women are treated the same as anyone else. for example when janie gets put down by her husband for talking with other men. (pg71.
Her grandmother told Janie that black women were the mules of the world (Hurston 14) , representing that they are the lowest of society and are used by people. Although the main ideas are clear, the symbolization in each of Janie’s marriages with Logan, Joe, and Tea Cake all symbolize different ideas. To begin with, Janie’s relationship with Logan was prearranged and she had no say whether she wanted to marry him. At first, she was optimistic and believed their marriage will be what she dreamed of. Soon reality sets in after her grandmother died and she realized her dream was not going to come true.
In Alice Walker’s story Everyday Use, she represents the conflicts and struggles of earlier African American women. Walker describes the differences between the two sisters, which later shows the differences of the women in the African American culture. This is important because the ways of one’s culture and heritage is important to everyday life. One sister seems to be more of a common woman than the other. The mother, who is the narrator of the story states in the beginning “I will wait for her in the yard that Maggie and I made so clean and wavy…” “When the hard clay is swept clean as a floor…” (Walker 249) representing the differences of the arrangement of housing then and now.
The Negro Mother said the her dreams would come true through her children. This means that her family has stuck with her even though her family 's been split up. Slaves had to work through hard working conditions. In the Negro Mother it states” I am the one who labored as a slave, beaten and mistreated for the work that I gave.” This means that that she beaten because she didn 't get