In the novel, a girl named Hannah (Chaya) shows us to not take for granted what the survivors of the Holocaust lost. In the book, Hannah is transported back in to time to WW2. Her “aunt” Gitl, was a very strong woman who took after Hannah. During this time the war was at its highest, and Gitl was talking about the Jews situation in all of this, “We Jews like to joke about death because it’s what you laugh at and make familiar no longer frightens you.”(p82). When Gitl says this she laughs through it to release the pain of knowing that she might not come back alive.
Furthermore, it is said that Perpetua entered the arena and approached her neared death valiantly, having already accepted martyrdom (Rouselle, 1987, p.270). She died confident in her faith. In comparison, Blandina of Lyons also demonstrated courage as seen through her ability to disrupt the traditional Roman system. Due to Blandina 's apathy to follow along with what the Romans told her to do, she, like Perpetua, was killed. She asserted continuously that she was a Christian despite the torture and the extensive amount of criticism that she received.
Mrs. Danvers described the first body to the narrator; the one that was thought to be Rebecca’s, which was falsely identified by Maxim to cover up the truth: “‘There was nothing on the body when it was found, all those weeks afterwards.’ Her fingers tightened on my arm. She bent down to me, her skull’s face close, her dark eyes searching mine. ‘The rocks had battered her to bits, you know,’ she whispered, ‘her beautiful face unrecognizable, both arms gone’” (173). The common images of both death and somewhat violence are illustrated in the quote with the description of the body that was essentially destroyed in the sea where Rebecca was thought to have drowned. Mrs. Danvers is illustrated as this very threatening and dark person as she grabs onto the arm of the narrator and stares deeply into her eyes, almost as if she were searching for something within the narrator.
This showed that Katniss had a deep love for her sister to where she would take her place and head towards almost certain death. This is important to mention because it displays the selfless traits as a heroic protagonist. In contrast the less fortunate protagonist Tessie, from “ The Lottery”, when chosen would not go down without a fight,
Both Laurie Anderson’s motivational song “Beautiful Red Dress” and Carrie Underwood’s more uplifting song “Nobody ever told you” addresses positivity, yet each poet employs unique shifts in tone to achieve her respective purpose. Laurie Anderson portrays women as treated unfairly while Carrie Underwood motivates women to view themselves as confident and self-reliant. Anderson’s use of literary devices, anaphora, and imagery emphasize the neglection of women, and emphasizes the gender inequality which causes economic inequality. However, in contrast, Carrie Underwood’s use of literary devices, similes, and anaphora highlights the positivity of women. Through Anderson’s Song Beautiful Red Dress, she highlights in her lyrics “I’m at high tide”.
Alejandra Metcalf Mrs. Cottom ENGL1010 03 November, 2017 The Haunting Feminist Theory By dictionary definition, feminism is the advocacy of women 's rights based on the equality of the sexes. Throughout the years, society has had three ¨phases¨ of feminism, and the definition of feminism has changed through those phases. Currently, feminism is a debateable word on whether the term is good or bad. Despite the controversy and debate over feminism, the theory of feminism in literature cannot be ignored, even by the most misogynistic of people. Charlotte Perkins Gilman 's ¨The Yellow Wallpaper¨, Roddy Dowell´s ¨The Pram¨, and Kate Chopin 's ¨The Story of an Hour,¨ can all be viewed with the application of the feminist theory.
As Helen Cixous suggests, Gilman “breaks up truth with laughter.” (11) Although it was written hundred years ago yet it has so much relevance in the contemporary world. By strongly criticizing the culture and tradition of outside world, Gilman has brought this imaginary world with a feminist perspective. She has presented in her novel that, gender difference, suppression and oppression of women, sexual harassment, rape, will continue throughout the years. Gilman’s works are strongly embedded and connected with women like Women and Economics, Concerning Children, The home: Its work and Influence and many more. Herland depicts the breakdown of isolated society and expresses the changed ideas and the conflict between the outside world and their world.
Interestingly, Rhouni narrates the twofold critique that Mernissi uses to approach the Moroccan feminist discourses. Moreover, the deconstruction of euro-centrism and patriarchy are meant to relegate women to the periphery and to place them in a secondary position. Moroccan women in the western mainstream indicate passivity, lust, docility, and submissive human beings who are frozen and essentialized to sex objects. That is why Mernissi seeks to represent them as being active agents, powerful beings, producers, transcendent, and the like, by generating local feminist narratives that counter the discursive western ones. In her work Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood Mernissi proves that, as Rhouni claims, ‘’Foregrounding women’s agency, the novel is an attempt to decenter feminism from its Western location where it supposedly has originated, locating it in Moroccan culture and even within the confines of the harem” .
Women strive for a sense of freedom and independence and have the yearning to convey themselves freely. In Kate Chopin’s and Ernest Hemmingway’s stories, the authors suggest the two female main characters in their stories feel suppressed for liberty. Louise Mallard in The Story of an Hour is sick and very lonely. She is
The protagonist of The Yellow Wallpaper anthropomorphizes the floral elements of the yellow wallpaper, wherein wallpaper is typically a feminine floral decoration on wall interiors. These elements signify the scrutiny Victorian society makes of lives of its womenfolk, particularly of women who are creative and insubordinate to their spouses. The protagonist is one such woman; her writing denounces her imaginative character and the surreptitious persistence of her writing denounces her matrimonial and feminine disobedience which were considered radical in her contemporary society. Gilman expresses the suppression felt by women from societal scrutiny to be one of “strangling”, through the narrator, who in one instance describes the wallpaper pattern like so: “it strangles so; I think that is why it has so many heads… the pattern strangles them off and turns them upside down, and makes their eyes white!” Her anthropomorphizing of the pattern of the wallpaper adopts a grimmer facet when she writes that “when you follow the lame uncertain curves for a little distance they suddenly commit suicide.” It is also significant to note that the narrator describes the pattern as suicidal because it again emphasizes the narrator’s desperate, almost suicidal, need to flee the imprisonment of the nursery and from the oppressive, male-dominant society that the room and its wallpaper represent. Asides of the pattern, there are many probable connotations of the yellow colour of the wallpaper, for instance with jaundiced illness, and also the rigid oppression of masculine sun.
In addition, her writing style also enforces the main concepts of feminism. Maya Angelou channels her feministic views through her powerful works of literature. Maya Angelou shows feminism in her tone, metaphors, and symbolism through her poems “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” “Still I Rise,” “Men,” and "Phenomenal Woman.’’ Maya Angelou’s poem “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” has feminist views through her tone, rhyme scheme, and symbolism. This autobiography is Angelou’s most popular piece. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” is a poem comparing a caged bird to a free bird.