Kite Runner And Madame Bovary: A Feminist Analysis

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In both The Kite Runner and Madame Bovary, the authors show feminism. The Kite Runner authored by Khaled Hosseini, is very clear in demonstrating the varied amounts of power possessed by women and men. It was shown that in Afghanistan men have much power in nearly every way and women are treated with less respect in some ways. Madame Bovary authored by Gustave Flaubert, on the other hand, gives the realistic view of the French way of life for a woman at this time period with a feministic approach. It is encouraging social, political, legal, and economic right for women equal to men. It demonstrates that women had to depend on men’s decisions and were assumed to play their traditional roles: the wife, mother, and housekeeper. Eventually, the…show more content…
In The Kite Runner, Rape Culture commonly happen in the novel, is a culture that society blamed on the victims of sexual assault and stabilizes male sexual violence. Usually, the rape of the victims are women, at this point, women are objectified as a payment to let the bus which Baba, Karim, Amir and other passengers rode pass the checkpoints where the Russian and Afghan soldiers work, which was shown “It’s his price for letting us pass.” (Hosseini 115) We can take another example of powerlessness of a woman in The Kite Runner is from When Soraya and her cousin both committed the same crime, but no one disregard his crime, “[Men] go out to nightclubs looking for meat and get their girlfriends pregnant, they have kids out wedlock and no one says a goddamn thing.” (Hosseini 179), whereas after she did something dishonored, “[Her] father showed up with a gun that night” (Hosseini 179) and “handed [her] a pair of scissors and calmly told [her] to cut off all [her] hair.” (Hosseini 179) The cutting of all her hair is to eradicate her sin but people can’t forget her sin and gossip her “nang” and “namoos”. (Hosseini 179) In this passage that we know how significant is honor to General Taheri. In Madame Bovary, on the other hand, Emma is well aware of the inferior status in which women find themselves in the fictional society. When Emma was pregnant, she wants her child to be son which is to take revenge on her powerlessness and revolt to the society. Undoubtedly Emma describing the sexual discrimination of the day: “A man, at least, is free: he can leaf through loves and lands and pass through obstacles, have a taste for the most remote joys.” (Flaubert 84) while “a woman is continually impeded” (Flaubert 84) and “Inert and pliant at the same time, against [Emma’s] she has the weakness of flesh and law’s subjections.” (Flaubert 84-85) Another example of powerlessness of a woman in Madame Bovary is women don’t have the rights to
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