Emma’s maturation allows her to see Mr. Knightley as a romantic figure despite deviations from her concept of the ideal hero. Initially, Emma’s need to write her own storylines obscures reality, and only when she stops attempting to change the world to suit her notions can she look outside herself and realize that Mr. Knightley is the man with whom she belongs. In this way, Austen parallels Emma’s comprehension of responsibility to her maturation into competent wife. The two processes cannot be separated, and in the same manner the role of the wife cannot be separated from social responsibilities. Emma is not the story of a man teaching a woman how to be his perfect wife; rather, it is the story of a woman understanding her social responsibility and realizing her true potential.
K. Narayan tries to promote the status of women very consciously. His ‘Women’s Lib’ movement, which actually begins in The Dark Room, comes to an apparent fulfillment in The Painter of Signs, encompassing a long journey from Savitri to Daisy via Shanti, Bharati and Rosie. The novelist laments the pitiable condition of women and this has perhaps led him to formulate the ‘Women’s Lib’ movement. Narayan does not advocate the westernized life style of women and he cannot accept the atrocities done on women in the moribund Malgudi patriarchal society. Thus, Narayan favours freedom for his new women and wants to see them educated, active and independent.
The setting is a contributing factor to social codes and benefits the work as a unabridged function . In the novel courtship , gender , social class distinguish the living arrangements for the characters in the novel. Gender was overall the most important contribution to the developed interpretation of the text and how era affected the viewpoints or actions of the characters . Katherine and Bianca being leading female roles in the works symbolized the strong sexist succession of the works . Kate being interpreted as a Shrew or bad selection for a wife reflects the ideal role women were expected to portray during this time period .
Abstract The paper, titled Female Resistance against Repression throws light on the significance of the institution of marriage and familial love as portrayed in Shobha De’s sensational novel Strange Obsession. It also underscores that women, must be discrete to distinguish between the real and deceptive, fake and genuine, deleterious and healthy. She also exhorts the need for women to master their own self in the process of attaining independence. The emphasis is laid on curbing the unconventional feminine desires which subjugates women. As a socially conscious writer, De attempts to bring these erring women back into the orbit of socially sanctified morality.
While women remained conservative and subservient, this novel roused the spirit of feminism which led to the change in women’s social status by the end of the nineteenth century. Through Catherine, the main protagonist, whose strong and rebellious character was evident throughout the novel, she was able to portray the female consciousness that rejects and abhors the male-dominated society she lived in. She also possessed a strong sense of independence, and sought for happiness through her struggles and battles against the patriarchy. Despite the idea of women being depicted as weak and incapable of thinking for themselves, Catherine’s persona showed that the gentle grace and civility of a Victorian woman did not suit her – she grew up to be wild and unrefined – unlike her sister-in-law,
These customs and tradition are often nurtured, strengthened and kept alive through violent and unjust actions centred on women. This paper shows how the female body is associated with cultural traditions, such as honour, to lay claims to female sexuality. Shahraz’s female figures find their bodies and sexualities as a means of exploitation which possess a threat to their female identity. Shahraz highlights the restrictive family structures that bind women into submission, who passively accept their fate with little resistance. The Holy Woman reveals male domination over female bodies and sexuality and, as this paper also demonstrates, women remain bound within male-constructed boundaries of piety and honour whereas men hold the ultimate deciding power.
The Scarlet Letter is a perfect example of how one person in a society can defy the traditional social structure. Throughout the literature, Hawthorne presents numerous examples of feminist ideals through the character of Hester. After analyzing and interpreting the meaning of the novel, Hawthorne specifically targets gender roles in societies by making the protagonist of the story a woman. Hawthorne questions the expectation that men should retain all authority and purpose by creating a character that specifically rejects these traditional norms. Hawthorne continuously demonstrates feminist ideals by characterizing and portraying Hester to be the character that breaks gender roles in Salem society.
Here, Yeats attempts to preempt a shift in gender roles and the consequence this may have on cultural norms in society. Yeats presents to his readers “inherited generic norms of love poetry against feminist objections and demands” through the male voice Robartes (Cullingford, 92). Yeats does this through representing a dialogue between the male and his traditional values and the progressive feminist, highlighting their differences in opinion. The poem begins with the Robartes stating that a woman is most “wise” when she is “plain”, and free of any opinion (Albright, 223). The revolutionary aspect of this poem is demonstrated by the woman who questions Robartes saying “May I not put myself to college” (Albright, 223).
In addition, her grant to the development of woman perception, and awareness of the women 's predicament in a male- dominated society. She represents feminization of English novels, she draws as they appear to a woman not to a man, for example Mr. Frank Churchill and Mr. Knightly as seen in the eyes of Emma
The writer denounces the flaws of society by painting scenes of everyday life and also how society works and how it can put pressure on people sometime to the point of destroying individual. Anita Desai’s critical sense of observation and her essential thinking with common men become important in her expert characterization, vivid description of a vigorous plot which is highly authentic. When we examine the concept of free or new women in this novel, we take it for granted that Anita Desai understanding of feminine sensibility is well display in all her novel. Her protagonist, most of whom are women, battle desperately with, their traditional