I grew in Puerto Rico where the superstitions are around the corner. It’s part of my culture and part of my life. As an adult and living in the US some of the superstitions has been lighty disappearing from my memories. When I go back to visit the beautiful memories comes back to me and as silly as some sounds it’s the way I grew
I read the book, Bound, written by Donna Jo Napoli. The book is about a young chinese woman, who is bound to her father’s second wife. This is because he passed away and, back in 17th century china, young woman had very little power or say in situations. Also woman were thought to less value of worth then their livestock. Throughout the day’s of dealing with her step mom she, loves to do poetry and calligraphy.
Through her hard work, O-lan catches her husband’s attention and “he [is] ashamed of his own curiosity… she [is], after all, only a woman” (29). O-lan defies the usual mold of a wife by attracting the recognition of her husband. On account of society’s expectations of a wife, Wang Lung immediately regrets his interest in O-lan. Drawing yet more attention from Wang Lung, O-lan works in the field with him. Even after a long day in the sun, O-lan “would have no one with her when the hour [to bear her child] came” (33).
The nature of womanhood, or what we perceive as the inherent proclivities that govern only those born as a woman, is often the base argument for the unequal treatment of the female sex. Women are weak, natural-born mothers, unfit to do much else beyond simple household chores and rearing children. This portrait of women seems almost comical in its antiquity; however, we cannot disregard the past, as it shapes the present. The question of the nature of womanhood is rarely allowed nuance, which is a shame, because womanhood can be many, often contradictory things. Instead, the traits we often associate with womanhood stem from society’s projection of what women should be, not necessarily what they are.
Cultural myths forcefully affect the decisions we make in our lives. They give us different views on life. For example, Cultural myths help us answer questions like: What direction should I take to be successful in my career? Who should I marry or should I stay single? They help us deal with these questions because our answer lay within our families.
Aunt Christina was like a nightmare dressed like a daydream. She was like flowers and cake but at the same time a dragon living in the 21st century, she like everyone else believed how girls (in this case I) are born with restriction as being an important part of our fate, set in
Festivals, beaches, and parties is where cultural appropriation is most commonly found. American people wearing Bindis, Traditional Native American clothing or headdresses, and kente cloth is incredibly common among those with the post colonial mindset. A mindset that American people believe they have the rights to everyone's art and culture. Cultural appropriation, which is seen in a lot of minority communities is caused by the post colonial mindset that American, or Europeans are entitled to other cultures arts, clothing, and religion. The Kente Cloth, made in western Africa exhibits beauty, pride, and culture all in one. Due to the cloth being held in such high regards, it should not be disrespected in and shape or form despite if someone
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.
Different societies view women in different lights. Therefore, a woman’s position is greatly different from one society to the other. The societies in question do not necessarily have to exist at the same time. Even in the same time frame, two societies could exist, where one treat women as equals to men, and another that treats women differently than men, whether better or worse. The societies in question are: Mesopotamia, Greece, China, Rome & Europe, and this essay aims to study different societies’ viewpoints on women, and to compare and contrast them against each other.
In the article “Traditions Subordinating Women”, Bonnie S. Anderson and Judith P. Zinsser explore the very strong opinions, theories and beliefs of female subordination within the eyes of various origin cultures through stories, passages and history itself. This article gives a vast understanding of a woman’s role, the purpose of her body, what is expected of her, society’s double standards and how literature and poems portray women. Before Christianity, there existed many old cultures such as the Greeks, Romans, Hebrews, Germanics and Celtics, who all came in agreement to preserving the subordination of women. A woman’s main duties were to remain faithful to her husband, to be fruitful and to preserve and nurture her home. A woman was incapable
Quote: “She obeyed him; she always did as she was told.” Pg.326 Response: The story is getting really confusing, with Kingston’s scenarios about her aunt. Why is she thinking so much into her aunt, this story is a warning, and her thinking into it too much can be bad. I am getting more a sense of the Chinese culture by how then women must do whatever they are told.
Superstitions and Folklore: Bibliography Essay on Superstitions And Folklore in Charles W. Chesnutt’s Stories Charles Waddell Chesnutt is an African American writer who writes many novels and short stories about African American superstitions and folklore of the south in The Conjure Woman. The Conjure Woman is a collection of folk tales that explore complex issues of racial and social identity in the post-Civil War. Chesnutt writes these stories in vernacular forms to represent the oral act of storytelling and express Chesnutt’s black identity and cultural heritage of African American people. Chesnutt 's folktales are narrated either to teach the readers lessons or to represent how African American people are treated by whites as second class citizens. The following essay concentrates on superstitions and folklore in Chesnutt’s stories, and how Chesnutt uses African American folklore to celebrate his black identity throughout telling these stories.
1.2 Background Females are an integral part of human civilization. No society or country can ever progress without an active participation of female in its general development. The status of female in society is directly linked with social and cultural traditions, stages of economic development achieved, educational levels, attitude of the society towards women, social and religious taboos, women's own awareness and political attainments. Through the centuries, the image and the role of female have been observed and studied in various ways, and the acquired knowledge has been recorded in literature, works of art, religious texts, mythology and codes of social behaviour.
Over generations, the role of women in society has shifted and changed immensely, improving upon many aspects of rights and values that women have. The changes occurred gave women opportunities to provide ideas, to have the same rights as men, giving women freedom, leading to many contributions of many significant and valuable events. But from current roles of women being equal to those of men, how women stood in ancient society significantly differs and contrast with ours today. Throughout history, the role and significance of women were always outweighed by the dominance and influence of men. The role of women in ancient times varied throughout, depending on the place and area in the world, in which women had different roles and impacts on their own society.