The form of narrative and self-identity, or self-acceptance is a common theme amongst these books because of overcoming violence, oppression, and/or the lack of power of the race and gender within societal views. Considering these factors, it is more practical to identify each topic and analyze them individually rather than the
This is the most glaring difference and also shows how little Emerson understood of minorities in America. Emerson was addressing all of America, but in many cases only white-male America. Fuller was more aware of the hard ships for women in
Chicanas in in America faces difficulties when seeking their identity. Although Chicanas/o find it difficult to balance two cultures, they feel isolated doing so. In the story, Lorenza Calvillo questions about “who am I?” “how do I see myself?” and “how am I seen by others?”
Triumph over Trifles The struggles of women have subsisted in countless pieces of literature. Stereotypically speaking, women are not always seen as strong leading characters. Often women are found confined in stories as they are in life. Literature frees women in a way that real life simply cannot. Female authors as well as characters gain that feeling of freedom, due to the less constricting binds of literary writing.
In earlier times, feminism was more about representation of women in the political sphere and their voting rights. But Butler argues and says that it won’t be correct to describe women as one unified homogeneous group as each woman is different in interests, problems, desires and personality. According to her women cannot be a homogeneous group since they come from a wide variety of backgrounds sharing differences in class, ethnicity and race. The point holds much validity when we try to compare and equate the needs and problems faced by a poverty stricken mother from an African village to a wealthy businesswoman from the New York City. She would rather be able to identify with and relate more to a man from similar conditions than the supposed ‘sister’ from the polished society.
The way that Sylvia Plath presented the image of women in her poems drawattention of many to the problem of patriarchy and overshadowing the importance of the female role in the society. She was a great poetess and a literary revolutionist in a female world. By combining irony, extendedmetaphors and a great use of language she was able to show the inequality and the dominance of man over woman in the society. She showed that even as, according to the society,a comparatively weak personcould fight for the right cause with her firmest weapon,her extraordinary style of writing. She revolutionised the world of poetry and presented women as a very strong part of the society capable of accomplishinggreat things.
As many know, feminism is relatively difficult to define. Because feminism has a wide diversity of views and some vigorous debates, and it is also frequently satirized by the anti-feminist. Among many literary works, Ernest Hemingway and Virginia Woolf 's works have been being brought up in the field of literature as feminist and anti-feminist works by a lot of critics. Roger Whitlow(1984, p.13) wrote his book, Cassandra 's Daughters: The Women in Hemingway to demonstrate that the negative criticism by some opponents, such as Edmund Wilson (1947) and Philip Young (1952) about the female characters in Ernest Hemingway 's
Moreover, Intersectional feminism opens the door for oppressed women who are different from the overly white, middle class, cis-gendered and able-bodied women who claim to “want power for all women”, but will not advocate and let her privilege be called out by a woman of a different race. Another key point is that though people of white decent cannot be oppressed in the ways that a person of color can be, they can use their privilege to bring light upon the people who need help. If society would shine more light on the oppressed women of the world, then they could understand the trauma and heartbreak it feels like to not be treated equally to a woman of the Caucasian
She believes her accent is something that defines her. She explains “Chicano Spanish is considered by the purist and by most Latinos deficient, a mutilation of Spanish” (Anzaldua, pg.35). Because of this she isn’t accepted as a native speaker by those who speak Spanish or those who speak English. However, she doesn’t identify socially with either of those groups anyways so her language itself is appropriate for people who speak it. People who come from a multifaceted, intricate, complex background.
While looking through a feminist lens and reading/watching both Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story, one notices a lot about women. How they are depicted, how they’re treated, and what opportunities they’re given. However, the question most observed in both stories is how much agency they have. Agency is defined as the ability to change their circumstances and when analyzing text in a feminist perspective, women often have little to no agency. From a feminist literary lense, both Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story depict female characters with agency stripped from them.
The Declaration of Sentiments, a document written by activists Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucrietia Mott, discusses injustices towards woman and the rights that have been withheld from them, such as voting and denied admittance into colleges. Stanton and Mott want readers, primarily men, to understand, to take action, and to fight against the opression that has been put on women of all ages, race and religion in the United States. Without the help of Stanton and Mott, womens rights may have been an overlooked issue yesterday and today, therefore, their message is incontestably crucial. To Stanton and Mott, women were created equal to men, and to further their declaration of this equality, they state that the rights that have been unfairly
Our amplified sense of self importance dictates the way we view others and causes us to forget that everyone views themselves and their existence in the same heightened esteem and makes us think of everyone around us as secondary characters to our own story, rather than the fleshed out main character of their own. Social lines and status, visual and cultural associations, and our own personal experiences, all affect the way we view others and how others view us. When considering social lines and status in this text, there is a clear divide between one group of girls, and another standing off to the side by herself, isolated. The trope of a ‘popular mean girl clique’ exists not only in fiction but is an all too real experience many people are
In “How to Tame a Wild Tongue,” Gloria Anzaldua argues for the permission to define her own Chicano/ Feminist voice without being hindered by stereotypes and limitations. Gloria argues that, “wild tongues can’t be tamed, they can only be cut out,” but specifically argues that different accents stir up one big culture. She says “We oppress each other trying to oust Chicano each other, tying to be the “real” Chicanas, to speak like Chicanos.” meaning each Spanish is a variation of two languages, and that there’s different ways she speaks to others in certain situations like having two tongues. Gloria also argues that she shouldn’t be embarrassed by her language and accent by saying “I am my language” meaning her language is what makes her special and unique.
She regrets going against God’s words, but had to give away her purity in hopes of freedom. In reference to Welter, “Woman must preserve her virtue until marriage and marriage was necessary for her happiness. Yet marriage was, literally, an end to innocence” (Welter, 158). Not being able to live up to what the North had in mind for white womanhood, meant that she was deemed unworthy of happiness just for the fact she tried to free herself by giving up her virtue. Linda Brent was also prevented from the high expectations of preserving her purity due to Dr. Flint pressuring her countless times.
She even makes an allusion to Virginia Woolfe’s A Room of One’s Own, in which she discredits the homogeneity with which the mainstream feminists try to tackle women’s issues by saying “A room of one’s own may be necessity for writing prose, but so are reams of paper, a typewriter, and plenty of time” (116). Not even established authors can escape the blunt reality with which Lorde writes. She blatantly declares that her female readers will never understand each other’s struggles: “Some problems we share as women, some we do not” (119). Some might ask then how can we work together if we do not share the same issues?