Pondering these questions led to the conclusion that the reference to current thought links the "woman-as-witch" ideology to the current emphasis on female empowerment prevalent in feminist writing today. She subtly interjects a commentary on the absence of sufficient historical research concerning the role women played in shaping our society, past and
Olympe de Gouges can be considered as the pioneer feminism advocate. Her famous work “Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen” (DRWFC) in 1791 was highly controversial. Her work propagated to place women at the centre of politics and society alongside with men. This was highly contentious as women had been subservient to men for much of history. Her work was grounded in the Enlightenment ideas of thinkers such as Diderot, Voltaire, and Montesquieu who questioned the unequal treatment of women (Racz 1952, 151).
Shakespeare, Chaucer and Barnes present elements of power and control through unexpected power shifts that occur regardless of the protagonists’ representation within society. Power shifts within society can be presented within gender roles as patriarchal societies within Othello and The Merchant’s Tale viewed women to be possessions, submissive and meek to manipulate and mould them into their desired representations of spouses. This, therefore, presents the power that husbands demand over their wives and once this control is lost, feelings of helplessness and obsession irrupt, due to the fear of their reputation. Seemingly this could also be explored through the disturbing and dark tone of Before She Met Me as the reader receives a deep insight into the levels of obsession from which the protagonist suffers after believing that he is receiving ocular proof of his wife’s affairs.
Offred describes a dissociation between the role she plays in Gilead to the independent working woman she was before. By forbidding the person she was before the government plan Gilead began supposedly to end violence and the male gaze towards women, the real reason is because of infertility caused by environmental concerns. The fanatical believers find a way to justify oppression. Aunt Lydia said, “[i]n the days of anarchy, it was freedom to. Now you are being given freedom from.” (pg 24).
Jennings goes on to say that this attitude would cause husbands to be driven away from their wives, which only supports the idea that women were there to serve their husbands. Professor Hendrick Hartog discusses the specific exclusion from enfranchisement in his essay, “The Constitution of Aspirations and ‘The Rights that Belong to us All’”. He states, “Without the ballot, women remained vulnerable and dependent, less than autonomous individuals,” a statement that both targets a specific right women lack and explains the results of their disenfranchisement (Hartog 1025). The vocabulary used in the quote portrays women as being subservient and relying on their
Imagine a nation in which its government commands by a religion where women are separated into different titles and must conceive children for their commander. Their rights from before this regime, and anything deemed unholy by the government, are a thing of the past. This situation is the one represent in the Republic of Gilead, where the rules of society and its traditions are not taken lightly if broken. In the novel The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood shows that an oppressive government leads to the inevitable neglect and remiss of the rules through Offred’s characterization, irony, and flashbacks. Offred 's character development can show that her actions change .
The new name signifies the birth of a new identity, and to eradicate the connections of the past for future women. Offred’s thoughts relieves a glimmer of anguish by drawing connections of her liberal past to remember humanity and remain sane. Indeed, Atwood exemplifies humans taking for granted basic rights as latently important. Although conscious of the implications Offred passively accepts her new name. The naivety of the Handmaids makes Gilead dangerous, as their tyranny has no bounds.
Adichie calls this power “bottom power”. When she talks about bottom power, she looks at it in a negative prospective, she claims that” it is not a power at all”, “bottom power” means that a women simply has a good root to tap into, from time to time, somebody else’s power.” To Adichie feminism means “a person who believes in social, political and economical equality of the sexes”. Finally, Adichie leaves the talk with a detailed explain action of her brother. This explanation helps to bring us back to the title, letting the audience see that he could be a feminist, anyone could be a
She is also empowering herself, which is also a form of resistance against the government as they do not want women to have power. In addition, Fred shows resistance by idealizing her friend Moira for escaping the Red Center. This is shown when Fred says that “Moira marched straight out the front door, with the bearing of a person who knew where she was going…and disappeared” (“Atwood 132”). This shows resistance because not only does Moira threaten an Aunt and steal her pass and clothes, but she walks out the front door in front of the guardians and leaves. This shows that Moira is her own boss and will do anything to get out and defy the government.
The book was written during the time when feminist rights and values were not established and considered in the society. Hawthorne’s work of fiction about a feminine representing feminism culture and importance in the society attempts to highlight the equality and justice that much exist in a society. In this story, we get an exclusive view of women, love, sins and how Hester turns her punishment into power. Unlike those Puritan women in the community, Hester Prynne follows what she wishes even against the strict Puritan beliefs and norms. We get to see how bravely Hester takes her decisions.