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”.
This feminist reading of the poem makes many valuable and probable claims, however the feminist approach contains some weaknesses. This becomes evident in a lack of information about the type of society, and the reader therefore lacks a complete understanding of how the women are oppressed. As a whole, this poem sets forth the idea that female gender is fluid, and asks its readers to questions what it means to be a woman in a male dominant
Chopin first portrays Madame Pontellier through her want for individuality by making her own choices. Edna then decides to show her idea of a strong woman by going against her domestic chores and perusing art. Lastly, Edna is portrayed as a woman who wants equality through her choices to express her sexual desires. One of Kate Chopin’s characters, Edna is portrayed as a feminist throughout the story. All through the story, Chopin presents Edna as an aspiring independent Victorian woman who goes against this eras concept of a wife, mother, and woman.
traditional gender roles are challenged. Through the use of magical realism and characterization, Nottage irrevocably illustrates the power that women truly have. She challenges what is said in society and shows women in a different light. What is more, by giving it a feminist swing, Lynn illustrates that the society purposely places these gender specific roles to ensure that hierarchy is kept, and psychologically oppress women, who are equal in strength to
Unlike other contemporary Puritan women writers, Bradstreet focuses on how she rejoices and appreciates her ordinary life instead of religious conversion. Certainly, almost every Bradstreet’s poems focus on the presence of female. Bradstreet’s internal conflict is the key symbol which has emphasized the feminism issue because she challenged the traditional view
Pollitt states, “Difference feminists want to give women credit for these good behaviors by raising them from the level of instinct or passivity- the Camille Paglia vision of femininity- to the level of moral choice and principled decision” (407). Pollitt maybe thinks that logically women only follow difference feminism because it makes them feel good, this shouldn’t be the case. Pollitt may be suggesting that the ideas of difference feminism can be countered by looking at the world. Difference feminists claim that the lives of men and women are distinct. Pollitt logically claims that, “The ultimate paradox of difference feminism is that it has come to the fore at a moment when the lives of the sexes are becoming less distinct than they ever have been in the West” (411).
The authors use of point of view causes the reader to be more understanding to the characters situation; along with point of view Gilman and Chopin’s usage of symbolism validates the characters rash behavior and decisions throughout the stories as they try to escape the oppression. Throughout history females have been set in a separate category from men with stricter rules and more expectations placed upon them; this creates an unjust and unequal playing field that women from every era have attempted to draw attention to in order to bring about
Thus, “homage to my hips” is a war cry for women to learn to rise up against oppression through expressing love for their own body, which in the poem allows for the speaker to be free. These images of oppression spread negativity, however, by Clifton connotating “hips” with positivity and self-respect she is trying to reinstate confidence and pride in women and their unique body types. Through the usage of images of female oppression both poets try to instill into female across the globe that remaining subjugated is not a
Her works provide an incentive for women to take action in starting their own debates or joining a debate that can contribute to the quarrel. She also gave suitable advice to the women of the time about learning to live in that society despite all the misogyny because that’s how God intended it to be. Without Christine’s involvement, it’s very probable that women would have never had a way of joining the quarrel or t least would not have joined until after the Renaissance. The audacity that Christine had in speaking up about the Rose and challenging the work of such a revered piece of fiction, set her apart from any other female writer because she was willing to put her career and reputation on the line for the chance to participate in what would later became an important movement for women of the Middle Ages. Simply, without Christine there would be no querelle des femmes nor would the genre of misogynistic writing exasperate as it did in later
Sanity and Freedom: the Feminist View of “The Yellow Wallpaper” “Before the woman writer can journey through the looking glass toward literary autonomy…she must come to terms with the images on the surface of the glass, with, that is, those mythic masks male artists have fastened over her human face both to lessen their dread of her “inconstancy” and by identifying her with the “eternal types” they have themselves invented to possess her more thoroughly” (Gilbert and Gubar 812). Women in previous literary works have been oppressed and destroyed by their male counterparts. The oppression and destruction of the female characters in stories such as Gilber and Gubar’s “The Madwoman in the Attic” and Charlotte Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” originate in the male characters ' inaccurate perceptions of the women. The men in these stories eventually ruin them based on faulty assumptions related to
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.