Name Instructor Course Date Women through the Ages The Awakening is a work about the societal gender relations and it brings into focus the negative effects of the society’s expectations on the woman’s growth as an individual separate person. The story is setup in the last part of the Victorian Era, a period which had many concerns with propriety, manners, and morals. The author gives a view of intra-psychic pain experienced by the main character, Edna, due to the societal expectations. The novel has special reference to the Creole culture, the themes of sexual expression, restrictive women’s culture, and “selfishness” or art before domestic duties are highlighted in the story. The impact of the themes’ novelty led to the book being banned.
Thomas Hardy closely witnessed the social institutions and problems of his society in the nineteenth century, and his novels frankly deal with various social institutions and honestly address social problems within the confines of his art. In Victorian England religious and social institutions such as church, family and marriage were deeply rooted in patriarchy. True to its nature patriarchy automatically limited women and privileges men. Victorian society, dominated as it was by patriarchal ideology, restricted women physically and mentally, and severely limited their economic opportunities as well. Therefore, women suffered from severe economic and social debilities.
This essay will discuss the ways in which Angela Carter employs fashion as a thematic device that deconstructs rigid perceptions of gender roles in the short stories ‘The Bloody Chamber’ and ‘The Tiger’s Bride’ with regard to Entwistle’s statement. Halpin writes, “The women of The Bloody Chamber are not simple or idealized feminist restorations. Instead, each is crafted from a dark and intricate human framework (the same from which Carter creates her male characters) that allows them to transcend conventional gender roles. Across the collection, both female and male characters have been depicted as cruel or kind, passive or possessive, victimized or villainous.” (2015:1). Before embarking on an analysis it should be noted that there is a difference between the concepts of sex and gender.
Butler focuses repeatedly on the production of language. She analyses discourse using speech act theories and psychoanalysis. One of her most influential arguments originates from post-structuralist French philosopher Jacques Derrida on the use of language and iteration (repetition). Butler’ constructs her analysis on Derrida’s Iterability providing one of the most influential, controversial and complex concepts to understand the process of identity as a constructed one: performativity. This repetition is produced on the body as well as on the soul and it is influenced by gender bias,
Thomas Paine, in the Occasional Letter to the Female Sex, and Washington Irving in "Rip Van Wrinkle" both of them demonstrate in a different way their view about the relationship between the concepts on the one hand of private and family and on the other of public and the political society. In addition to these, also the texts explore the connection between the gender and the body politic. On the one hand, Thomas Paine, through his text provides the role that women concerning men about the politics but also he stresses the need that women have for recognition about their contribution to the rebellion. On the other hand, Irving through the character 's life and the historical events of the 18th century in America suggests the notions of the
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.
In this respect, one of the major tools they refer to is no doubt language. In this respect, language and discourse are very important ideological tools. Aware of this fact, the issue of sexism in language and how sexist discourse reflects the patriarchy and male-domination become some of the major concerns of feminist writers and translators. Especially French Feminism has paid great deal of attention to language and how it shapes our thoughts as well as understanding and various strategies have been developed. As of 1970s, shifting styles, forms, and narrator’s voices, puns, neologisms and unusual syntax have been integral parts of feminist writing in France.
The novel Taming of the Shrew is an example of how setting plays a remarkable role in the set up of a story . The particular patterns and behaviors taking place in the novel Taming of the shrew are indications that setting and era contribute to the works as a whole connecting to the stories theme . Shakespeare uses modern italy as a foundation tactics in order to receive conflicting feelings amongst the audience and culminated confrontation amongst the characters. The actions of Kate in the story draw attention to the expectations of women as a whole and how they are viewed in efforts to foreshadow to present time where women are more powerful. The setting is a contributing factor to social codes and benefits the work as a unabridged function .
In the novel Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë, the reader is presented with depictions of many aspects of Brontë’s own life. The novel is a classic example of a Bildungsroman, written in the Victorian period, and many characteristics are focal in the text, one of which was of course gender inequality, as men seemed to rule the society in which Jane Eyre lived in. A woman couldn’t be successful in this period without a powerful man. Jane Eyre however, sought to prove everyone wrong as she attempted to abolish the rules of this Victorian society. “The novel suggests possibilities for gender subversion within a seemingly normative romance narrative” (Godfrey, 2005).
In the novel, The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison, the author Toni Morrison uses the characters and their actions to portray social norms. Her writing challenges the very essence of what beauty is through the main characters Pecola, Cholly, Pauline Breedlove, Freida, Claudia, and Mrs.MacTeer. The main character Pecola is thought of by many as ugly and this idea influences her own actions, thoughts, and feelings. The author uses the standards of beauty motif to demonstrate the concept that everyone is criticized and a person’s support system determines how different people deal with it. Additionally, some readers may explore their own biases as they read the book.