3.3. Feminism There are many instances in the novel in which feminist ideology is visible. Traumatized by her childhood experiences, Celie seeks acceptance and fulfilment in relationships built with women. As has been mentioned in the first chapter, Alice Walker states that women may love other women “sexually and/or nonsexually” (1983). This passage becomes one of the main statements defining the term womanism discussed previously in the thesis.
The word wife in the line means belonging and dependency while man represents strength and independence. Ann Woodlief, the author of the biography of “Anne Bradstreet” states “Anne was viewed as an intriguingly feminist writer, merging her sometimes overtly sexual imagery with the concepts of both her love for God and for her husband and family” (Woodlief 2015). This eventually led to a more in depth examination of her writings by feminist critics “in the mid-20th century” of her individualist take on more traditional
Whether it is unrequited love, love that is lost, or love that could have possibly never been there in the first place. When comparing and contrasting these sonnets and contemporary songs, the reader will get to see love that is hardened by the hardships of infidelities and lies. In these songs and poems, love is a catastrophe that is facing much adversity. In sonnet 147, Shakespeare ended up being so appalled by his love life, that he said her soul was clouded by darkness. In Hold Up, Beyoncé somehow found a way to continue to love her husband, even with all of the grief he has put her through.
Love! By just, instantaneously, uttering it, many thoughts come to the mind from happy, sad, unearthly feelings and emotions; as the proverb says: “It is love that makes the impossible possible”, and, in many philosophies of the world that only in love “1+1 may not necessarily be equal to two [and love makes your feelings and thoughts] … set… on fire” (Alsanea 2),mentioned in every land, culture, civilization…etc. ; Also, this wonderful equation of love is expressed in Romeo and Juliet when Friar Lawrence stated, “ Till Holy church incorporate two in one” ( II. V. 37).What is more, many poets, males and females, say poetry on account of elaborating their inner feelings towards something or someone. Through all periods of time, each culture has its own love mixed with its people identity as well as blended with many special “flavors” and an intuition that stabilizes in their hearts; love is the language of soul, unlike distaste which is the language of devils as the Armenian adage states, “all men have three ears, one on the left of his head, one on the right and one in his heart”.
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 .
Apparently inspired by an ‘unfeigned regard for the Female Sex; and a fervent zeal for the best interests of society’, the Sermons outlines, at considerable length, a feminine ideal which, in established conduct book tradition, promises to get better the female character and thereby repair the nation’s moral fabric. Unlike other conduct manual writers, however, Fordyce disregarded the form of the familiar letter and instead turned to the heart-felt sentiments and grand theatrical flourishes characteristic of the eighteenth-century sermon. In addition to its more noble aspirations, the Sermons constituted an intriguing common and literary experiment designed to satisfy the author’s ‘secret desire … of trying whether that style of preaching, which to him appears, on the whole, adapted to an auditory above the vulgar rank, might succeed on a subject of this
The author thought that marriage was to be made of a combination of love, affection and compatibility of character, just as the engagement between Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. Thus, she punished women who took wrong decisions when it came to marriage, as Lydia, who escaped from her family just to get married to George Wickham in a sudden and not very clever act – she clearly was decided just for passion and not for rational thinking. Jane Austen also punished women who got married for convenience, as Charlotte, who got engaged to Mr. Collins just to ensure her future and a stable economic status. At the very beginning, Charlotte Lucas was delighted for her engagement and forthcoming matrimony, but within a short period of time, she does not feel that happiness for her marriage, just as Austen declares in the novel: “his marriage was now fast approaching, and she (Mrs Lucas) was at length so far resigned as to think it inevitable, and even repeatedly to say in an ill-natured tone she ‘wished they might be happy ’” (Austen, 1813:
Even though it is a considered a satirical look at women, “Epistle 2. To a Lady” uses satire to acknowledge his compassion for the current day issues of women. He contrasts men and women in this poem, “In men, we various ruling passions find; In women, two almost divide the kind;” making fun of the current roles men and women play. He writes of women’s desire to have what men have yet he contradicts his writing, “Experience, this; by man’s oppression cursed, they seek the second not to lose the first……Yet mark the fate of a whole sex of queens! Power all their end, but beauty all the means.” He writes that they want the same rights and opportunities afforded men, but still use their “womanly” virtues to get what they want.
Both tales feature an elaborate plan for sexual gratification and have components of irony. He also utilized fabliaux to fill his stories with multiple sexual accounts that poke fun at the rules of courtly love. Chaucer’s humor had three main components – mockery, irony, and sadism. John, an older carpenter, with a young wife, is at the center of “The Miller’s Tale.” Chaucer mocks John for marrying a younger woman and the fact that their relationship does not follow the rules of courtly love. Courtly love suggests that jealousy strengthens relationships and equates to love.
The Awakening is an example of a novel with a character that plays an important role because of her alienation due to her gender, class, race, and religion, and revelation about society’s assumptions and moral values. Chopin gains her knowledge about the struggles of overcoming diversity, both racial and gender, through her own past experiences. She
Life is full of challenges and learning experiences, everything we go through makes us stronger and better people. In the novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, Janie fumbles through three complex marriages that provide protection, stability, and love and happiness. After trial and error she realizes that she must think about herself by applying what she has learned from her relationships and cherishing her values. she is involved with three men who were all but perfect. The similarities and differences in Janie’s three spouses Mr. Killicks, Jody, and Tea Cake suggest that relationships present challenges which you can learn to overcome the complexities of marriage ultimately improving the quality of your
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston shows the growth of Janie Crawford, a woman of African American and White mix; who searches for true love when she saw bee pollenating on a flower when she was in her teens. As the novel progresses Janie goes through three marriages. Those husbands have showed their power as the man of household in their own way. Either they would use hurtful words or use physical force to some extent. Janie had go to through “trial and error” with her marriages.
Zora Neale Hurston Portrays multiple sublime themes and ideas in her classic 1937 novel. Janie Crawford, the main character, desires love throughout her life in hopes to find the companion of her life to match the familiar ideal that love and successful relationships lead to true happiness. Through her relationships with Vergible “Tea Cake” Woods and Joe Starks she finally discovers a contradicting revelation that she feels genuinely satisfied alone. The accounts of these three characters help implement the theme throughout the
Ban Zhao, who is recognized for her scholarship and participates in public affairs through her writing, justifies gender hierarchy in Admonitions for Women. She argues that “the controlling of women by man, and the serving of men by women” is a manifestation of the natural principle of Yin and Yang (84). In Analects for Women, the author Song Ruozhao specifies women’s primary responsibilities are doing housework and educating children. She also explicitly points out that a married woman should “listen carefully to and obey whatever [her] husband tells [her] (830).” In Instructions for Inner Quarter, Ming dynasty Empress Xu argues that males and females “have the same innate Heavenly endowment of a moral nature, which represents the potential for sagehood (Kelleher 833).” However, she points out that in order to achieve a womanly sagehood, women should be diligent in doing housework. She claims, “‘A woman shall have nothing to do with public affairs [yet] she discards her silkworms and weaving [for this] (835).’” Thus, even though individual female writers could get recognized with their works and discuss social issues through their writings, female-authored instructional texts reinforce gender stereotypes and exaggerate gender