From centuries, woman is struggling against the patriarchal subjugation and exploitation. Whether born in east or west, she is regarded as an other, an unwanted inferior being. Patriarchs try to control each and every movement of woman. Man expects woman to act according to his wishes and to achieve this goal of subjugation of woman, he employs every kind of strategy and literature is one of the means to achieve this end. Man written literature is full of women characters who are totally submissive to every will of man.
In the fourteen century, men were always the superior, head of the household, the breadwinner, but women were always inferior, they would stay at home, do the house work, cook, and never would have a job. Well, times have changed. Women are reaching an equal status to men in political, social and economic matters It’s part of the idea called Feminism. In many ways the Wife of Bath displays many characteristic of women in the 21st century. Instead of being directed by men, she views herself as an independent person.
The role of a mother is to provide her child or children with unconditional love. Also, to understand her children. Strong mother figures were depicted in these short stories, written by Flannery O’Connor. These mother figures have positive attributes and some had negative attributes, and some had a mixture of both positive and negative attributes. Some of these characteristics include, critical, sympathetic, religious, hardworking, and arrogant.
The Surpassing of the Patriarchal Norm In The Wife of Bath Views on the presence of feminism in “The Wife of Bath,” range from those who believe that Alisoun, The Wife, surpasses patriarchy and those who believe that Alisoun falls short. This story, “The Wife of Bath,” is a subsection of a larger story entitled The Canterbury Tales, in which the Wife of Bath tells her own history as well as a tale that she has created. The Wife of Bath is one of the twenty pilgrims who travel on a spiritual journey. Each pilgrim tells a tale and the pilgrims form a competition to see who has the best tale. She begins prior to her tale with a full introduction of herself, including the number of husbands that she has had.
“let’s go to bed together, mount my bed and mix in the magic work of love…” (240). There were an abundant number of powerful female roles in The Odyssey. Every female role used their strengths differently; the most reoccurring use of their powers was for alluring men. Man’s greatest weakness is women, and with such powerful women, it causes temptation and conflict leading to a more interesting story.
The challenges women have been struggling with for centuries has been the aspect of social reality, that once a woman gets married she is to be housewives and take care of the children and the necessity of the house whole as well as her husband’s needs. In addition, a woman does not get involve in social and political affairs, this isn’t there place. This is how society as well as men have perceive women to be for over centuries. In the excerpt above taken from “Lysistrata”, the author sheds light on the way men view women as socially inferior to themselves. For example, the author uses the phase “shiver me timber”, here the author uses words of surprise and annoyance in order to emphasize the way men felt about women when they deviated from the morn of society.
Marguerite Johnson, the main character of "Mrs. Flowers" by Maya Angelou, became selectively mute and emotionally scarred due to a traumatic incident. But when Marguerite meets a wise woman named Mrs. Flowers, she is able to find her voice again and discover the incredible power of words and the human voice. Through Marguerite's healing process and discovery, the theme is revealed, which is: words have the power to heal. This theme is shown when the two were walking to Mrs. Flowers's house. Mrs. Flowers tells Marguerite, " ' Now, no one is going to make you talk- possibly no one can.
Regardless of social class or wealth, rich or poor, women in the 1930’s China were always inferior to men. Women were treated more like objects and possessions rather than humans, when it came to marriage. Women had no say in almost anything, they couldn’t object or disapprove a marriage they were matched in, most were treated with little or no respect from their husbands, the ones that were treated with respect were a rare bunch. Even women from the highest class, had once been treated as mere servants to their needy husbands, only to do nothing but obey, in the name of honor, luck, wealth, and reputation for their families.
The 1920s was a crazy decade for Americans. More people were now living in rural areas instead of the country side, the wealth of the country doubled, and many were buying the same things due to better advertising, but the most exciting thing was the new lifestyle changes that were happening to women. Societies view of a woman would completely change during this amazing decade. Women were now able to vote, try new fashion styles, listen to more unique music, and experience a new social freedom. The most drastic change was women’s lives in politics.
Children Literature is considered the most interesting of all literary works; it varies from novels to short stories and from oral forms to picture books and multimedia. Children literature is very important because it is connected to cultural, social and educational aspects in our life and also is helping us in understanding literacy and personal development. Fairy tales are the basic of children literature. From the history of the fairy tales, we found that they were created originally for adults not for children. Therefore, many of the fairy tales have been changed in the seventeenth century.
The Thousand and one nights offers a unique perspective on the roles of women in that society. The roles of women are really interesting because they are treated different in numerous circumstances. On one hand, they are shown to be powerless, and on the other hand, some are shown to have absolute control. Throughout the beginning of the story, the status of women seemed to go from getting brutal and wicked treatment by men, to their ability to fight back, and then they are revealed as somewhat heroic. There are some major differences in how men and women are portrayed in The Thousand and One Nights.
Love to Relation to Society Eudora Welty’s short story, Lily Daw and The Three Ladies is about a mentally retarded young girl who has decided to make a big life decision. This causes conflict with the three ladies that have helped taken care of her since her mother died, because they too have made a decision for Lily without her knowledge. The main focus of the story is love in relation to society. Welty uses lily and the three ladies to argue the strict societal values that the ladies follow and how lily is a free spirit.
Were women important to United States history? Let’s be honest, majority of the time women get maybe a few pages in textbooks and are rarely covered in most history classes. The Progressive Era is where this changes; where women are finally brought into the limelight. The role of women within the Progressive Era and the establishment of the welfare system were both audacious and necessary because the welfare system could not have happened without women’s willingness to fight for the society as a whole, not just themselves.
The change for women during the late 1930s through to the end of WWII Within this Encyclopedia article it will be discussing about how women’s roles and rights changed through the late 1930s to when World War II ended. With women during the late 1930s they began to contribute more to the economy due to how it would mean for a bit more income to support their families. Thus, when more years passed on by more women thought they should have the same amount of equal rights just as the men did. So they would then create movements and protest.