The Panther Comparison

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How does it feel to be constantly confined, not being able to have a choice or to be independent? Do you have to be physically in a cell or can society keep you in an invisible box? In the short story “Carpathia,” Jesse Lee Kercheval unmasks how women in 1912 were not highly valued. She criticizes the treatment of women and demonstrates how they are caged by society. While in the poem “The Panther” by Rainer Maria Rilke, the physical meaning of trapped is explored. The panther, a natural born predator who is bold and without predators of its own, is captured and locked away behind “a thousand bars” (Meyer 635) to become dazed and lost to the world and to himself. A woman in the early 20th century was similarly locked away and, by comparison,
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