The use of female characters in the play was slightly sexist for how they displayed certain women in the production. To illustrate, the female pirate that dresses similar to the men on the ship and participated in the males attempted heinous acts goes unnoticed. That is until the production used a spotlight in the scene to draw attention to her on the top of the ship deck. On the other hand, the men pirates never realized there was a woman other than Ruth. Therefore, appealing to the ideology of how women are expected to act
4.3 Feminist Heroine or Sexualized “Hussy”? : Criticism on Marston’s Wonder Woman While Wonder Woman is one of the most revolutionary character, there is also a lot of criticism regarding her appearance, different motifs in the comics and the message the character might send. Primarily Marston’s many depictions of bondage, as previously discussed, and Wonder Woman’s choice of weaponry are often considered inappropriate, especially since Wonder Woman was initial marketed as a children’s comic. The character “carried whips, bracelets and chains, which responded in a less-than-subtle way to male desires” (Gray 75). Another aspect that found criticism early on was Wonder Woman’s costume.
The novel scarlet letter was written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. He wanted to expose the immorality that was committed by two parents of a daughter called Pearl. Nathaniel's novel explores the hypocrisy in puritan societies. The novel tells a story of Hester Prynne and her daughter. Hester having committed adultery and tries all what she can so as to ensure that she live of repentance and dignity.
As her novels gave more liberty to women than was common during that era, Haywood sparked controversy and faced severe criticism from the patriarchal society. She intentionally created a mysterious sort of persona as she kept her personal life away from the public. Nevertheless, from behind the guise of her numerous heroines, she managed to offer thousands of women the advice they needed to survive the prevailing issues of the eighteenth century.
Maybe he’ll strike you or maybe grunt and kiss you! That is, if kisses have been discovered yet”. She wants to be took good care and respected. However, Stanley’s behaviors cannot meet her ideal notion of love so leads sexual struggle and conflict. Secondly, Blanche finds that she is only an outsider of Stella’s life without her past family position.
As a result, their roles in society were entirely defined by their relationships with men (207). This point is related to another one also discussed in this source: the hostile relationship between women, which is prevalent in fairy tales (202). According to the authors, “fairy tales are probably the narratives which better express classic conflicts between women” (202). They mention Snow White as the perfect example of the virginal heroine persecuted by her unloving stepmother, who was “jealous over the princess’s youth and supposedly superior beauty” (203). Apparently, for women living in a
While Alison did not plan to sleep with the Nicholas, she created a plan to do so and when they were caught in the act she told everyone that Nicholas forced her. This decision made it seem like women are heartless and cruel. However, most critics use the Wife of Bath Tale to decide whether or not Chaucer treatment of women was fair. Many believe that Chaucer treated women fairly in his books for the time period based on the Wife of Bath Tale. One writer, Priscilla Martin believes he is even supported of women and has model the Wife of Bath after himself, “The Wife of Bath shares [Chaucer’s] delight in fictional and narrative diversity.
The setting allows the reader to understand how people without honour are seen as outcasts of the society and the existence of a woman’s virginity is seen as a measure of her honour, as well as a precious commodity, which can purchase the family’s social advancement, through a marriage of convenience. Ángela states that Santiago deflowered her, but since “…she looked for it in the shadows…”, even though “She only took the time necessary to say the name.” we question this piece of information and its reliability, due to it being precise but also vague at the same time. Due to their sister stating this, Pablo and Pedro Vicario are ordered to reinstate their “…sister’s lost honour…”, ironically by their mother, to meet the expectations of the community and it is up to them to spiritually retrieve their sister’s virginity by killing Santiago. This means the brothers cannot back down from “…the horrible duty that’s fallen on them…” as “…there’s no way out of this…”. Prudence Cotes states that she would not have married Pablo “…if he hadn’t done what a man should do.”, indicating the social importance of retrieving honour, which influenced the brothers into killing
Nathaniel Hawthorne shattered these boundaries with his novel, The Scarlet Letter. The protagonist, Hester Prynne, displays characteristics that make her a feminist hero. Hester is able to resist her punishment’s constraints and challenge the prejudiced court officials in the process. While her sin is plastered across her chest as a constant reminder of her past, she attempts to find feasible ways to live a normal life, defying the Puritan society’s standards. She surpasses all limitations that are put on her as a woman who has committed adultery.
Because of his paralyzation, he feels his body is a diving bell, weighing down his free mind, symbolized by the butterfly. I allegorized this as a representation of Offred for she has a free mind but is imprisoned by her own diving bell: her red cloak. Like the ensemble and flowers, cigarettes, specifically the glowing red end of a lit one, represent the power relationship between the Handmaid’s and the state. To give context, during the 1920s a revolution started for women to smoke for it meant she was challenging the taboo that women were not to smoke. Therefore, smoking symbolized power and independence for a women.