‘Plath perceives the domestic life as restrictive and a complete obliteration of her own self-worth’. Using ideas of feminist theory from the critical anthology to inform your argument, to what extent do you agree with this view? As a female poet subject to 1960’s patriarchy, Plath’s domestic and professional claustrophobia were inevitable. Married to the successful poet, Ted Hughes, she was incessantly reminded of the artistic restraints assigned to equally talented females. Plath’s poetry, looking particularly at her ‘Collected Poems’, illustrates the consequential disorientation and loss of identity caused by such patriarchal dominance, demonstrating sentiments of disgust as she is forced to adopt certain gender stereotypes in ‘Morning Song’ (1961).
Besides, reflecting the protagonist's conflict through this mood, she uses flashback to hold a clear comparison between Mary and her mother being oppressed by man's domination. Mary's resistance to superiority of men illustrates an integral reason for her
Through this, Toni Morrison focused on the unjust relationships within the novel that pointed back to the antagonist, Sula. One relationship that emphasized the fluctuation of loyalty is the connection between mother and daughter. This relationship is closely shined upon as the dominant figures, such as men, are decrease and eliminated from the lives of the women. Morrison has created several instances where there is a conflict between Hannah and Sula in order to emphasize the central theme of loyalty by demonstrating the selflessness mothers possess to provide for their children. While creating a complication between mother and daughter, Morrison also fulfilled the problematic trust that is displayed within the friendship of Sula and Nel.
ABSTRACT: The study tends to depict how Eliot treated women as mere second sex in his poetry. It further explores Eliot’s misogynic, female-hater temperament and the reasons behind this abhorrence against women. The subjugation of women, throughout centuries, from ancient to present time has been done by male in patriarchal society. Eliot in his poetry, through the allusions of myth, history, religion, literature and philosophy not only narrates the degenerated state of women but also contributes to it by his fun, ridicule and satire of women. Instead of breaking the notion of patriarchy, Eliot becomes a torch-bearer of patriarchy and contributes to perpetuate the process subjugation of women by strengthening the mechanisms of women subordination.
Throughout the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie faces the challenge of being herself and being what society expects of her. Her marriages show how she attempts to be herself and illustrate the stereotypical views of the female sex. Moreover, her husbands struggle in an attempt to fulfill their dreams, with varying degrees of success. Even though the quoted passage is the first thing in the book, it summarizes and captures the struggles experienced by characters like Janie, Jody, and Logan. The passage describes the fundamental difference between genders by talking about what happens to the dreams of men and women, and how people behave differently.
Maya the protagonist of Anita Desai’s Cry, The Peacock (1963) try to find a way out of self-discovery and introspection when she fails to perform her traditional role as wife. Desai’s writings are reflection of the disturbed psyche of women who are the serious victims of alienation and male domination. However they find a way out by self-discovery and introspection.6 They viewed that the woman, in order to liberate herself and to move forward, needs to empower herself to confront different institutional structures and cultural practices that subject herself to patriarchal domination and control. But it is also seen that since its beginning, the feminist movement has made long strides in every sphere of life. The women had elevated their position to such heights that cannot be ignored.
“She is disgusted with her following of faithful feminists and, like a vixen, tries to escape them… “(Langdell,243) In her poem “Diving into the wreck, Adrienne Rich visualizes someone who comes back to solve the problem of women position which becomes getting worse then in her deep memory, she concludes that it was obviusly her family that lead to that damage. Black female writers such as Londre wishfully described the black women’s suffrage in their poetry. They both struggled for changing streotypes in spite
Further, the poems of the volume reveal the poet’s pre-occupation with death and decay not noticeable in the earlier volumes. The title piece is the poet’s protest against the domination of the male and the consequent dwarfing of the female. The woman is expected to play certain conventional roles, and her own wishes and aspirations are not taken into account. The intensity of the protest, conveyed in conversational idiom and rhythm, make it symbolic of the protest of all womanhood against the male ego: You called me wife, I was taught to break
Virginia Woolf’s novels portray a lot of distressed women who feel sad, alone and subjugated in this male-dominated society. Patriarchal society forces them to become loyal, devoted, meek, and submissive. Virginia Woolf wants that women must denounce these so called patriarchal values. Virginia Woolf welcomes ‘androgyny’- the blending and balancing of intellect and emotion. Equal balance of the feminine and masculine traits can end this debate.
This paper attempts to analyze the struggles the married women undergo to attain their freedom and individuality in the selected short stories in the collection called Arranged Marriage. Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni an Indo American writer, has focused the contradictory status of Indian women, who are subjected to all kinds of abuses however, they are worshipped as goddesses. In all the short stories, the protagonists are found as victims. They are suppressed and oppressed in various ways. The male oriented society expects the married woman to unconditionally surrender her identity and be selfless submissive, meek and always dependent on men.