The saying that love is blind, is one that is very wrong. Love is not blind, it is merely a faint line that many individuals chose not to see. During Shakespeare’s time, the societal norms that cultivated women were very precise. Women were held to high standards to both look and act in specific ways, but did society ever take it too far? Many poets during Shakespeare’s time wrote traditional blazon sonnets, ones that compared women to the most wondrous things life has to offer; gems, jewels, plants, and stars.
The difference is not that one (type of feminist) enjoys that magazine and the other doesn’t (as implied McRobbie this must be clarified because it until recently has been the standard for differentiation) (McRobbie, 1999). Instead, McRobbie argues, the two (sides of feminism) are more alike than ever before; the ‘[feminist] inside the academy’ admits to being effected by magazine culture, and the more accepting magazine readers are more aware of the relentless production of femininity in their magazines. “[Magazines] no longer possess such predictability, some might say they have changed beyond recognition. The more solid version of femininity – with its romantic narratives, its lessons on the art of seduction and its advice about how to hold on to your man – have faded away. When romance appears it is within the knowing, ironic, self –mocking language of post-modernism.
During Shakespeare’s time, the societal norms that cultivated women were very precise. Women were held to high standards both look and act in a specific way, but did society ever take it too far? Many poets during Shakespeare’s time wrote traditional blazon sonnets, ones that compared women to the most wondrous things life has to offer; gems, jewels, plants, and stars. Such beautiful comparisons were made, but the women were made out to be so unrealistic. Women had become a collection of objects rather than human, but Shakespeare shed some light on the matter at hand and presented a new way of thinking.
As females, we deserve the equal rights. Adrienne Rich in “Diving into the Wreck” and Maya Angelou in “Phenomenal Woman” poems both display how they found their true selves in a society that wanted them to be a certain way; when both of them found a way to be more than what society expected. The poem “Phenomenal Woman”, is about a woman who fights against what society believes a beautiful woman should look, act and want to be like. This woman’s beauty comes from within, the reason why people don’t understand her beauty and she embraces their confusion. The narrator stands out because she is not model beautiful, but she is smart and sees herself in a different way that is what makes her a phenomenal woman.
Female sexuality and its representation has been the primary concern of this research while applying each of the approaches to proves that du Maurier’s work builds on Jane Eyre but the portrayal it grants to feminine sexuality and identity renders her work a narrative of modernity on its own. Several critics have analyzed the intertexuality between the two novels. However, this study builds what has been said before to dwell on the not yet exhausted topic of feminine sexuality. Nungesser is one of the critics who have presented a comparison between the novels to conclude that both works bring an air of freshness and novelty to the traditional female Gothic plot, the novel of development and the fairy-tale narratives. Nonetheless, Nungesser overlooks to precise subject of female sexuality which happens to be submerged in Jane Eyre’s concern with presenting a financial independent heroine whom in spite of what she suffered prefers to spend the rest of her days as a mere angel of the house.
These woman characters are not conventional role models, but are endowed with a large measure of independence. The case of Catherine is the height of female assertiveness when she cries out in the most important ninth chapter of the novel Wuthering Heights “Nelly, I am Heathcliff!”….. “He’s always, always in my mind……as my own being.”6 This type of complete identification with a male is not only unknown in previous heroines, but is also quite unique even in later generations too. These three sisters have put so much of passionate energy and stormy vitality in their heroines that these woman characters may be rated as the first prototypes of feminist characters of
Life can be tough sometimes and that is what Dorothy is trying to demonstrate. Big Blonde is not the only short story she wrote about her own life, but is the one that really digs deeper into who Dorothy Parker was. She even used similar names in her life into the story. “Like the author- who insisted on being called “Mrs. Parker”- these women use their “dimmed” husbands’ surnames as titles to “give at the same time the solidarity of marriage and the glamour of freedom” (Bucker).
The purpose of the paper is to study the evolution of a new woman in Sudha Murty’s novel Mahashweta. With the dawn of freedom, particularly India’s national struggle, the position of women took a turn for better. It was strongly realized that so long as women of country were not uplifted or granted equal status with the men in all walks of life- political, social, economical, educational, India could neither progress nor make any significant advance in any field. Our women have a great part to play progress of our country, as the mental and physical contact of women with life is much more lasting and comprehensive than that of men. For nothing was it said, “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.” In accordance to this proverb an apt example is Dr. Sudha Murty , who is a prolific fiction author in Kannada and English and has published several books that promote her views on feminism, charity, hospitality and self-realization through fictional narratives.
Emily Brontë’s single novel Wuthering Heights (1847) is a unique masterpiece for the image of love and passion that gives and the unusual narrative structure. Her sister Charlotte and hers Jane Eyre were more rooted in convention but dared in her own way. George Eliot (pseudonym for Mary Ann Evans), appeared during 1860s, in her books was mostly concerned with ethical conflicts and social problems. Elizabeth Gaskell primary intention was to analyze work-class, to inform middle-class about workers condition and to offer solution in social and political problems. Indeed Emily Brontë and Elizabeth Gaskell’s works made a huge contribute to English literature but as well as they have similarities they also have differences.
Another part of Transcendentalism is equality, and not shaming or discriminating against people based on gender or race, which was often unheard of in the time of Romanticism. “I Sing the Body Electric” is an excellent illustration of these rare opinions, as in the topic of gender equality, Whitman states “Be not ashamed women, your privilege encloses the rest, and is the exit of the rest, You are the gates of the body, and you are the gates of the soul.”(5.25-27). In this fifth stanza, he emphasizes the importance of women and how they should be privileged and not ashamed, ideas that are still impacting the world today. One of the reasons Walt Whitman was well-known included his ideas that were uncommon of his time, ideas that shocked society. Whitman was very open about his beliefs, although Emily Dickinson took a different approach.