Kate Chopin’s The Awakening is an attempt to showcase the plight of women in American society. The storyline follows Edna Pontellier as she struggles against the stereotypes of 1890’s New Orleans. However, the book falls majorly short of delivering any kind of social justice for women. Instead of portraying a character who is strong and noble, as is common under a feminist viewpoint, Chopin creates Edna. There are a myriad of different ways that the author could have rendered Edna in a way to truly prove the immeasurable worth of a woman, but this aim is not achieved.
feminism is the advocacy of women’s rights based on the equality of the sexes. Since before time women have been less than and it is shown by how women get paid less and are seen as dependent to men. In the play A Doll’s House written by Henrik Ibsen Nora was keeping a secret from her husband Helmer, but because she went behind his back brought lots of scandal to their door. In the short story “The Yellow Wallpaper” written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman Jane has a problem with the wallpaper and lets it consume her to the point that she went crazy. Both stories belittled women however they differed in coping with oppression and their freedom from oppression.
Attempting to seduce or Innocent Victim? Innocent till proven guilty or Guilty till proven innocent? Curley’s wife, I feel is an innocent victim because she just wanted to talk to someone, only female on the ranch, Curley and his wife don’t get along that well.
Because the author is a woman writing about a woman, she is not taken seriously and is forced to either change her story to fit into a genre more centered to female readers, or risk the novel’s success by choosing a different target audience. I found this to be a good analogy for sexism, as it promotes the idea of women and their work as inferior, despite the male dominated genre being invented by a woman, Mary Shelly in 1818 with her publishing of Frankenstein (Milam). Even though the genre was created by a woman, the dominate group bars women’s work from being anything but inferior. While the solution to the first example may work in some ways, it would be better for the publishing industry to give female authors equal opportunity, and take their work at its actual value, not perceived value due to sexism.
This can be exhibited when she states “..that a highly gifted girl who had tried to use her gift for poetry would have been so thwarted and hindered by other people, so tortured and pulled asunder by her own contrary instincts, that she must have lost her health and sanity to a certainty.” Woolf desires to validate the idea that “woman cannot write the plays of Shakespeare” but intends to clarify that this is not due to a lack of talent or ability equal to that of men, but simply because the societal structures at the time rendered it impossible for them to be equally successful. In the development of her argument, Woolf starts out by exposing the belief that it was impossible for women to “have the genius of Shakespeare” and she contextualises the reader with some basic information, given by an authority figure “Professor Trevelyan” about women’s conditions during the era. Woolf then provides the reader with a hypothetical situation to ponder on: What if Shakespeare had had a sister — that is, a female sibling of
Is Ms. Strangeworth a victim OR villain In the short story “The Possibility of Evil” written by Shirley Jackson, the protagonist Ms. Strangeworth is a villain because she isn’t what everyone’s aspect of her is, she is very deceptive, and the letters she sends are the very cause of the evil she’s trying to stop. Ms. Strangeworth is a seventy-one-year-old lady who lives in a little town, which she thinks is her own. She always feels the need to know everything, about everyone. Even though, no one knows who she really is.
The aim of my research is to highlight the controversy in Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler being a feminist character. Although Ibsen is a renowned Feminist playwright, yet Hedda Gabler is deprived of the true feminist traits and has a number of negative aspects in her. My purpose of this research is to highlight Hedda Gabler as a dominant character ruling over others having no mother-like traits and feelings which make her a man-like character. I am doing this research to justify that Hedda is in no respect appropriate to play a mother like role in the play Hedda Gabler. In my research, I will reveal the hidden ideologies of the female character Hedda Gabbler and also from text I will prove that she has no feminist and mother-like traits.
Mary attempts to conform to society 's expectations of a woman, but fails in doing so. She reads books vigorously, but will not be able to think deeply about its meaning--she simply regurgitates facts without analyzing them. She strives to be what society expects of her, but it results in complete loss of personality on her part. Kitty is described as being flirtatious and gossipy, sometimes to an irritating point. She does not have an extended description, but Austen intended for readers to assume that she was consumed with matters, not of love, but lust.
This is not true because Conrad is raising some gender biases by portraying women as an inferior character and minor character. He rarely mentions any woman character in his novel, however the role given to them is insignificant. For example, in this novel Marlow’s aunt is referred to as a caricature. Especially when Marlow says, “They live in the world of their own, and there had never been anything like it, and never can be” (Conrad, 2015, p.22).It shows us Conrad’s strong believe in women’s inferiority. The words such as “world of their own”, is more like women’s lack of contribution towards practical world and women lost in their fantasy.
Alice’s sister’s persuasive words were not expressed unkindly, but rather were aimed at ensuring that Alice made the right decision in terms of societal expectations. She was simply expressing the mentality that was instilled within her as well, regarding what a woman should desire and aspire to achieve in her
Women are submissive compared to males, at least that is what the majority of society reflects in the history and literature books that readers read; and unfortunately this belief has not changed. In the short story, “Boys and Girls,” by Alice Munro, the narrator takes us on a journey about the gender inequality she faces in her childhood. Alice Munro tells the story of a family that lives on a farm that slaughters foxes for their fur. There is the Mother, Father, the daughter, and the younger son. The Mother and Father have stereotypical gender roles in which the Mother does domesticated housework inside while the Father does the work on the farm.
When I first heard “We Should All Be Feminists” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, it was because Beyoncé samples Adichie’s speech. Though it was a small and heavily edited, it made me pressed “repeat” on my IPhone because her verse alone made me love the song. After the fifth or sixth time listening to the song, I had to google Adichie’s lyrics: “We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, you can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful.
Youth who self-blame and conclude they deserved to be bullied are more likely to face negative outcomes, such as depression, prolonged victimization, and maladjustment. The children’s book; “Bully” written by Judith Casely is sexist due to the excess of gender stereotyping, gender roles, and the loss and gain of voice although there is gender equality in the end of the story. There are several times when Judith Casely portrays the masculine roles. Boys are being aggressive towards each other; the boys that appear bigger often intimidate the tougher boys. An illustration of masculine roles; “There’s a bully at school, and his name is Jack, he used to be my friend, but now eats my cookies and breaks my pencils in half” (Casely 8).
Finally, the yellow wallpaper plays the biggest role in the story. Not only for the reason that the narrator saw a woman behind it. But for the reason that the woman behind the yellow wallpaper was Perkins. According to the narrator "And it is like a woman stooping down and creeping about behind that pattern. "(Perkins 532),"I don't like it a bit"(Perkins 532), Trying to send out the moral of the story which was gender oppression.