But despite this, there were also dark sides to the beauty: the classes, lack of women’s rights and working children. All these topics are conversed by the two famous authors Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. After reading “Persuasion” by Jane Austen, and watching two versions of “Mansfield Park” as well as “David Copperfield” and “Hysteria”, I have now decided that this essay will mainly be about equal rights between the genders and the differences between the working class and the aristocrats. In the text I will also mention socioeconomical issues and social science. My main focus will be women, how they lived, and survived, in the sexist society during the Regency era.
It is noteworthy that Alison not only lived her life in a way that was shocking to most people in society, but she also spoke out in a way that was not expected of women at that time. Chaucer wrote the story during a time when women’s rights were virtually non-existent. Women were considered inferior to men. As stated in S.H Rigby’s essay, “That man was the norm against which woman was defined as inferior or deformed was certainly the assumption underlying the scientific thought about women which the Middle Ages inherited from the ancient world” (1). The Bible conveys this message in Ephesians, 5:23, which states, “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord” (New International Version).
3.3. Feminism There are many instances in the novel in which feminist ideology is visible. Traumatized by her childhood experiences, Celie seeks acceptance and fulfilment in relationships built with women. As has been mentioned in the first chapter, Alice Walker states that women may love other women “sexually and/or nonsexually” (1983). This passage becomes one of the main statements defining the term womanism discussed previously in the thesis.
The saying that love is blind, is one that is very wrong. Love is not blind, it is merely a faint line that many individuals chose not to see. During Shakespeare’s time, the societal norms that cultivated women were very precise. Women were held to high standards to both look and act in specific ways, but did society ever take it too far? Many poets during Shakespeare’s time wrote traditional blazon sonnets, ones that compared women to the most wondrous things life has to offer; gems, jewels, plants, and stars.
This research contains a discussion of women’s position in society in the period of Romanticism and it concerns with the analysis of the feministic themes in the poems of C. Smith and A. L. Barbauld. We relied heavily on the research conducted by the assistant professor at the Faculty of philosophy, Alma Žero, in her work ‘’Women Poets in Romanticism’’. This work deal primarily with the issue of gender discrimination and the revival of the feminist movement in the period of Romanticism. The first-wave feminists created the Blue Stocking Society whose members were ‘intelligent and well-educated women who spend most of their time studying and are therefore not approved of by some men’ (Merriam-Webster dictionary). The Bluestockings supported women’s rights and fought for improved women’s education.
Sir Gawain and The Green Knight and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales are two pieces of British literature that are incredibly interesting and thorough. Women play important roles in both of the texts. Throughout Sir Gawain and The Green Knight there are several important females present. The women being Guinevere for a short period of time, Lady Bertilak, and Morgan Le Fay. Guinevere is presented at the beginning of the text before The Green Knight barges into the castle, and is presented as the standard of beauty.
The Roles of Women in Beowulf Throughout the history of literature, female characters are often side characters that do not get much recognition from readers. It is a known fact that women are underestimated in Beowulf . When we look at the poem, more it is emphasized the bravery of Beowulf and how to struggle with Grendel. In my opinion, as well as male characters, women characters should be in the forefront in Beowulf. When we examine the roles of women in poetry by a closer, we can see that the women play in central roles in Anglo-Saxon society.
Charlotte Bronte’s novel Jane Eyre (1847) is a classic text which has been studied and interpreted by many scholars since the time of its publication. This essay considers the proposition suggested by the feminist writers Gilbert and Gubar (1984, p. 46) that the book is part of a wider literary tradition that offers polarised images of women, such as “angel and monster, sweet dumb Snow White and fierce mad Queen”. It briefly considers the theory of patriarchy and its effect on literary activity in the nineteenth century. It follows with a discussion of the sweet, dumb characters of Helen Burns, Adele Varens and Blanche Ingram and the fierce mad characters of Mrs. Reed, Grace Poole and Bertha Mason. The main Jane Eyre, is also examined, with a view to analysis and determining whether either of these descriptive categories might apply to her.
Using such female authors as Jane Austen and Emily and Charlotte Bronte, she examined women and their struggles as artists, their position in literary history and need for independence. She also invented a female fellow of William Shakespeare, a sister named Judith to at times emphasize her feministic ideals. Woolf proved to be an innovative and influential 20th Century author. In some of her novels she didn’t follow the rules of plot and structure, but she chose to use stream-of-consciousness to emphasize the psychological aspects of her characters, as she claimed and asked the artists to be concerned with the fact that the psychological facet of the character is an
The first chapter makes an introductory assessment of Indian English women novelists in general and makes a brief survey of the portrayal of women with specific account of suffering and discrimination in particular. It deals with the development of genre ‘novel’ in Indian English literature with the focus of women novelists of the period. This chapter explores the fictional portrayal of suffering woman and her subjugated status in the male dominated society. It explores that the women were fated to suffer and struggle right from birth to their death. It is observed that women are still suffering and their struggle has not ended yet.