Tori Amos is no stranger to the hardships of being a woman, having written songs about rape, gossip, infidelity, sterility, and other difficult topics. However, “Ophelia” stands out against her other works because of a message that is accessible to not only women, but to people as a whole. It is necessary that humans think and act for themselves rather than keeping quiet for the sake of being liked. Amos has captured that message perfectly in a song that will stand to convey it for years to
Because of the books’ powerful female characters, calls for revolution of women were widespread and on the rise. The Woman Warrior and A Doll’s House compare because their authors made female characters throughout both works challenge the norms of society through feminism, identity, and sexism. First and foremost, Ibsen tackles women 's rights as a matter of importance in A Doll’s House, but it was not intentional. He successfully created the dramatic argument that continues to this day; that of feminism. “Ibsen’s work and its uses demonstrate the full range of lived experience that defined modern rebellion and it reminds us that theatre and drama played a central role in making that rebellion visible and available to a wide public”(Kelly 12).
Poetry is way to express oneself by using unique thoughts and putting them into words. Specifically, female poets, use their poetry as a way to show their experience with internal conflicts. Throughout this anthology we decided on the theme of “women.” Being the only table with strictly females, as a group we agreed that choosing poems with this topic would be beneficial to us, and the reader. Over time, females have experienced oppression, abuse and inequality. Learning how to cope with these issues, has enabled women to realize their self-worth.
We see that Esther was disgusted by the thought of a woman using her body only for work and producing children. She rather wanted to use her female body to assert herself and her identity in life ( even though she eventually fails to have a sense of self). There may not be any theory to describe l’ Ecriture Feminine, but it does exist, and represents in every word, metaphor, and sound which can be heard in Plath works. She is an iconoclast poet who transgresses the phallocentric system by talking about body, love, and motherhood. Plath is not afraid to talk about female experience and by talking and writing of female experience she shows us that “ the Dark Continent is neither dark nor unemployable” (Cixous
One of the main female characters in the play who struggles with her identity is Gertrude, the Queen of Denmark and the mother of Hamlet. Through her determination to ensure her own survival, as well as the survival of her family and kingdom, Gertrude’s role drives the action of the play as she tends to stir the plot of her own ill-thought actions. In the play, Shakespeare has shown accurate roles of empowerment of women throughout the play as we witness this as Gertrude proves that she is a strong, independent and protective woman. Despite being wise and sensible with her choice of marriage, Gertrude’s actions and behaviour is portrayed as repulsive and lustful because of her willingness to remarry King Claudius on short notice. She is a lady who can be defined by the urge to fulfil her desire for a higher position, affection and status.
She creates her own reality with these works of fiction, which puts a barrier between her and actual reality. She ends the list of quotes by saying “That a young woman in love always looks “like Patience on a monument ‘Smiling at Grief’” (18). This portrays Catherine’s tendency to shape the words to her liking, regardless of what the actual meaning is behind the text. She shows a lack of understanding of the metaphors and language, yet she simultaneously over thinks the work by taking it and applying it to her own life. This creates a superficial image for her character because she picks out only the parts of books that she likes without taking into consideration the surrounding text and deeper meaning, as she does throughout the book.
The main themes that can be clearly seen and felt are society, class and marriage. Another common theme is women's morality and sensuality. Before the publication of Jane Eyre, women were simple supposed to live under the expectations of society. After this novel was published, the "new woman" became predominant who was based on the main character, Jane, who was independent, strong, forward, and radical in the sense of marriage and contraception opinions. The theme of sex scandal goes along with women's morality and sensuality because it also went against the prior conservative social expectations and beliefs for women.
As a socially conscious writer, De attempts to bring these erring women back into the orbit of socially sanctified morality. Keywords : Lesbianism, psychopaths , harmonious existence , familial bonding, institution of marriage, freedom . Female Resistance against Repression in Shobha De’s Strange Obsession Introduction Shobha De, a renowned and a prolific living writer projects her social vision through affirmation of the feminine self. She predominantly deals with the lives of the upper class society and examines the institution of family and marriage. She opines in Shooting from the Hip: “The whole question of the position of females in
Searching for a feminist voice in Chopin’s work is much easier now because of all the groundwork that feminist activist have done over the years. Chopin’s stories often depict women as silent, passive and incapable of expressing themselves or their desires in her earlier work but as she grew as a person and author women changed into being more vocal and active (Cutter). Her work as a whole usually shows a pattern of women’s voices being repressed, such as in Desirée. Women today can take away from Chopin the relationship between men and women in her stories and how little women had any say in their lives. It also shows the reader how far the evolution of feminism as
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.