Referring to contemporary issues, the lyrical I would be classified as a lower ranked person since she is black and being occupied as a maid, which clearly makes her powerless and voiceless in society. Also, the fact that the lyrical I craves the gaze of Actaeon, represents the way the black maiden actually is not seen as a full person, she is just a maiden, a slave of the white and fair goddess. Regarding to dynamics of power and gender, white men, as mentioned before, have the most power and therefore are dominant, followed by white women. This issue is also indicated by the craving and want of Actaeon’s validation, therefore a black woman remains unseen, just as a
Rachel from The Poisonwood Bible was forced into a journey that also lead her to her true self, too. One of the many themes of The Poisonwood Bible is of how America can be blinded with their own ignorance to the struggles of race in the world. Rachel is the perfect example of how messed up America can act and its ability of creating people with harmful morals. From America’s history of racism and racism that spread around the world, the place you grow up in can and will affect the person you become. In Kingsolver’s book, Rachel doesn’t open her mind to the people around her and this hinders her morals.
We could see in the Rapunzel, how she was forced to leave the house due to the father stealing some rampion from the witch. Apprehensively, the father agrees to give away Rapunzel to the witch. From this event we could see how the mother was in no power to talk or have any say about it. This associates back to the gender stereotypes of women not having any household family power. Furthermore, mother was also the reason why the father went to steal some rampion as she said “Ill die if I do not get any Rampion”.
In her novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Lee portrays prejudice as a contagious disease that infects Maycomb’s citizens through its numerous pathogens including sexism, classism, and racism. Lee sketches the pervasive influence of sexism, emphasizing how older woman fortify gender roles in the younger generation. According to Scout’s Aunt Alexandra, Scout should be a southern lady. This means Scout shouldn’t have opinions and must be seen and not heard. Aunt Alexandra reinforces the image of a southern lady when she scolds Scout saying, “What are you doing in those overalls?
Furthermore, Paul D describes it as a “decorated work of an ironsmith too passionate to display” (Morrison 21). Not only, but before she could find Halle and escape, School Teacher allowed his two sons take Sethe into the barn, hold her down, and suck the milk from her breasts. Thinking that Beloved, her daughter would have to experience this barbarity, Sethe decides to kill her. Sethe does not wish Beloved to be “dirtied” by the “whites” (Morrison 251). Inclusive, she killed Beloved because she wanted both her and her daughter to have freedom, though she will never free her feelings of guilt.
As the fight among the 24 tributes begins, Katniss realizes that Peeta has already sided with the most powerful groups from the other districsts.After this; she teams up with a girl from district 11, Rue. This 12 years old and tiny girl always reminds Katniss her little sister Prim. Both of them have managed to exploit the other tributes food and destroyed their belongings. In the process, Rue was killed and this has created public outrage and chaos in district 11.But, Katniss honors Rue's body by covering it in flowers. Assuming that the romantic story will lead them get gifts from sponsors , Katniss started looking for Peeta .She eventually finds him wounded and trapped in a muddy bank.
The Bluest Eye, written by Toni Morrison, sheds light on the themes of race and identity. Criticizing the idea of whiteness as a standard form of beauty, Morrison not only touches on the common problems which black community experienced, but also makes it clear that internalized racism experienced by a young girl can cause her own end. The story is narrated by Claudia as a child and Claudia as an adult. Her perspective is noteworthy because it intermingles the child’s and the adult’s perspectives. Claudia and her elder sister are the only ones who are able to understand Pecola’s condition.
Indeed, the female monster displays the cultural anxieties and fears of the Victorian society. Women are confined into acutely defined binaries that overtly demarcate restrictive boundaries between proper and improper. These socially constructed binaries perpetuated by the dominant patriarchal discourse align the excessive expression of female sexuality with monstrosity while dictating appropriate feminine attributes and desirable gender-roles. Yet, the transgressive sexuality and liberated passion of a woman features a “deviance from sexual norms was identified as both a symptom and cause of degeneration, so that by posing a challenge to traditional gender roles, liminal subjects […] were seen as causes of social unrest and potential threats to national health (199). In fact, the female monster violates the essentialist conception of female nature and constructed ideology of “natural” and “proper” femininity and cultural norms of sexuality.
“Beneath the spit of the mother’s fluids the infant glistened a scandalous shade of pale emerald…Then the child yawned, and the fishwife absentmindedly gave it a finger to nurse on, and the child bit the finger off at the second knuckle…The midwives crawled back into the clock and dropped the thing at its mother’s breast, afraid to consider mercy murder for fear of what else the baby might bite” (27-28). This represents the actions of someone with bad intentions and teaches children the idea of a predator. This will help them stay away from someone in real life who might have bad
She wanted to escape, but Martha threw the water at her. Neighbors heard her crying and strange screaming. The girl must be heart and they called 997 helpline. Afterward, the police came they found Melinda lying on the cement floor. She was as dead as a dodo.