In an article published by Sneva, Diane, she talks about the puerto rican women’s movement and how Ferre’s short story, “The Youngest Doll” came to life. Sneva states as following, “The Youngest Doll” shows a woman who exacts revenge on those who try to prevent her from living fully. Through its heroine the story challenges patriarchal hierarchies and suggests that Puerto Rican females must empower themselves” Sneva points out challenges that women face on a personal level. How they are seen upon like, dolls, just social figures, and men are seen as the patriarch of the society that use the dolls for show. Just like in reality how men are seen as for example, the CEO of a company, while women are seen as the secretary.
The characters in the poem and short story “Barbie Doll” by Marge Piercy and “The Birth-Mark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne can both relate to one another in the fact that the public sets expectations for women. “Then in the magic of puberty, a classmate said:/ You have a great big nose and fat legs.” (Piercy 5-6) This quote from the poem “Barbie Doll” is an exceptional example of our general society making fun of an adolescent, who does not meet the societal expectations that have been set for women, until a tragic event happens. Another superb example of this negative concept would be, “Georgiana,” said he, “has it never occurred to you that the mark upon your cheek might be removed?” (Hawthorne 341) This direct quote comes from the short story “The Birth-Mark” and implies that appearance is a great example of a societal expectation. Society shapes the lives of many women by implying the importance of behavior, appearance, and success. Many women are judged because they do not meet these expectations that we have set in society.
Mary Warren, a teenage girl from the story, supposedly Abigail’s friend, was making a poppet for Goody Proctor, John’s wife, in the courtroom beside Abigail. Mary stuck the needle in the poppet’s stomach for safe keeping. Abigail saw the needle and soon stabbed herself with a needle as if the doll were a voodoo doll and accused Goody Proctor of witchcraft out of pure jealousy that Elizabeth is married to John, and wanted her to be hanged. Cheever stated, “She sat to dinner in Rev. Parris’ house and without a word she falls to the floor.
In reality, Abigail meets with Tituba for a potion to kill Goody Proctor. Throughout the trials, she fibs quite frequently to reach her goal of being with John and avoid exposing the truth. During one of the first crucibles, Abigail spies on Mary Warren, the Proctor’s new worker, sewing a poppet for Elizabeth. She notices that the sewing needle is left in the stomach of the doll when Mary completes it. Later that day, Abigail stabs herself in the abdomen to make Elizabeth’s gift appear as a voodoo doll.
Based on an Edgar Allen Poe story, Stonehearst Asylum is about a woman, Eliza Graves, committed to an insane asylum by her father’s wish. Throughout the story she is a pawn in the doctor’s game. Eliza is a great example of gender criticism because of how she came to be admitted, and how the other women in the asylum are oppressed by the superior acting men. Gender criticism is an extended version of feminist literary criticism, focusing not just on women but on the construction of gender and sexuality. In Stonehearst Asylum, the women in the asylum are controlled by the men.
Marge Piercy's poem Barbie Doll tells of a young girl and her experience through adolescence. It illuminates the destruction wreaked when unrealistic expectations and gender limitations become socially acceptable. This poem ends with the tragic suicide of the girl and how only in death did she embody the ideals set by society. Piercy exposes the paradoxical expectations set by American culture through the use of explicit diction, simile, and irony. Within the first four lines the girl is guided towards the expectations set in her future.
Barbie Doll is written by Marge Piercy in 1973.She wrote this poem with a clear point to point out one of our society flaws.While Not everyone views this as a bad thing, but how societies pressures are influencing girls to live up to society's standards has a damaging effect on females and gives them low standards goals on life such as just being a housewife.The poem opens up with the narrator speaking in third person. Throughout the poem the person speaks in a light-hearted sarcastic tone. The theme of the poem is how young girls in society are expected to live up to society's standard of beauty. There is proof throughout the paragraph showing this sad trait. In lines 1-5 The girl is playing with baby dolls, make up, and stoves.
Shirley Chisholm once said “The emotional, sexual and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, “It’s a girl”. “The Yellow Wallpaper”, written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, depicts the social norm in the 19th century when women were thought of as lower intellectual beings who had “hysterical tendencies” and therefore not capable of making good decisions for themselves. This story lets readers into the life of a woman during the 1800’s who is treated like a small child with no say to her own mental health , even by her own husband. The 1800’s were a period in time when women were expected to play the roles of wives and mothers and nothing more. “The Yellow Wallpaper” was based loosely on Gilman’s own experience after
The novel Beloved by Toni Morrison fundamentally relies on the relationship between the former slave Sethe and the daughter she murdered as an infant, only known to the reader as Beloved. In one scene, Beloved is attempting to make Sethe feel guilty as Sethe argues that her attempted murder of her children was out of love, and that she intended for them to be “together on the other side.” Beloved’s response, in which she points out that, after she “died,” “ghosts without skin stuck their fingers in her and said beloved in the dark and bitch in the light,” shatters the intensely loving, devoted tone that Sethe attempts to establish in favor of a more dramatic, graphic tone and creates intense juxtaposition, a device which is continually used throughout the text. (254) The phrase “ghosts without skin,” overall, exemplifies Beloved’s immature perspective. Although she is physically only about a year older than Denver, her rhetoric is not as developed, and has many childish qualities to it; the
Kingsolver uses media in the book to show how women are over sexualized. Kingsolver shows women treated and seen as objects that are used for others’ gain, not as individuals with their own thoughts. There are also examples where the women are mentally and physically abused, and the consequences of these problems. The Bean Trees is a novel that questions the treatment of women and girls in not only the time it was written, but even in today’s society where many of these issues are still present. Kingsolver wrote her novel to spread awareness to the discrimination and injustice through a cohesive narrative and her characters’ development to connect to her
“The Yellow Wallpaper” written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman in 1892 at the height of the Victorian era is often mistaken as a feminist short story. She tries to tell its readers how women have been confined in this “domestic role” since the beginning of time. The narrator uses the wallpaper to represent the society she lives in. Not only does the wallpaper affect the narrator, but also it influences everyone that meets it. And how these roles ultimately will drive any woman insane.