When men occupy a superior position, they have the power to control women and their lives. Men determine the likelihoods of women to access opportunities, such as form of education, public facility, career, etc. The power men have over women later gives rise to gender problems between them, which is known as gender discrimination. Hosseini’s‘A Thousands Splendid Suns’ is a novel that shows the plight of women who suffer from gender discrimination in a strong patriarchal society of Afghanistan.
In regards to the historiography of gender politics in the Victorian era, the social position of women and femininity had become a problematic issue. Similarly, the gender apartheid instilled prior to the civil war in Afghanistan. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini, initially published in 2007, is set in Afghanistan from the early 1960s to the early 2000s. In this, it explores the story of Mariam and Laila as the protagonists, who teach the reader the reality of life as a woman in a backward Islamic country. The story covers three decades of anti-Soviet jihad, civil war and Taliban tyranny seen from the perspectives of these two women and observes how they become to create a bond, despite having come from previously living in very different backgrounds.
This marked strain of racism within Stanton’s rhetoric for women’s suffrage can be exemplified by quotation from a letter of hers to the editor of the National Slavery Standard. In this letter, Stanton claimed that “the representative women of the nation” had done their best to free “the negro”, but “as the celestial gate to civil rights is slowly moving on its hinges, it becomes a serious question whether [the representative women of the nation] had better stand aside and see ‘Sambo’ walk into the kingdom first .” Sambo was used as a derogatory term for African American
In the story, the women are oppressed by the society. This is narrated through the delivery of the main antagonist’s id, the gender inequality in enforcing laws and the marginalization of women. As a result of Rasheed’s id, Mariam and Laila are consistently physically and emotionally
Of course, women, such as Murasaki, were forced into marriages without their own consent, which does identify her own experiences as a lady-in-waiting in the Heian royal court. This feminist view illustrates the forced submission of women as sexual objects for the Genji, which has much merit in terms of the Murasaki’s own insight into feminist narratives of women living in these patriarchal circumstances. In this case, Murasaki provides a feminine narrative of the experiences and choices that women had to make under an oppressive male dominant government. The Genji, therefore, is merely a central character that expresses the total control of male figures in the novel, as part of a larger narrative that reflects the unique views of women in medieval Japanese
Ismene’s unwillingness to participate in the burial of her brother, demonstrates her compliant and submissive disposition towards men and authority. “We are only women, we cannot fight with men, Antigone! The law is strong, we must give into the law. In this thing, and in worse” (Sophocles 46-49). In this sense, Ismene is the character who contracts with Antigone because both of them have very dissimilar views about the power of men over women.
Both Kalyani and Shripati are forced into a loveless marriage by her. It is a clear dig at the conservative society where marriage and son are the only things that matter. Through the portrayal of the second generation pair, Kalyani and Shripati, Deshpande depicts the predicament of women who are confined in the framework of traditional marriage and lead a life of self-denial and suffering. Kalyani’s life is an example of forced incompatible arranged marriage in which a woman has to suffer endlessly. Even if marriage fails in giving happiness of any kind to woman, it is preferred because it gives a security and a sense of dignity to woman in society.
Charlotte Anna Perkins Gilman was an iconic feminist of her turn-of-the-century time period where she advocated for women’s rights specifically as well as having controversial, even contradictory beliefs in areas of other social reform. As an author, lecturer, and social critic of the Reconstruction to Industrial movement time period where crucial societal changes were occurring for women, she was able to speak on and revolt against the stereotypical submissive role that women played in the American household of that time, with the seemingly sole purpose of motherhood and subservience to a husband. In addition, her political standpoint was visible in her fiction and nonfiction writings, the most famous being “The Yellow Wallflower”. This short story is told from a narrative, journaled perspective that is a reflection of a true account from Gilman’s
“We Can Do It!” -- Such are the words that symbolize the spirit of the feminist cause. The modern women’s movement stemming from the post-World War Two era idea of female individuality originates from the first wave feminist movement of the Nineteenth Century, which concerns the suffrage movement and women’s rights. The movement, from its inception to now, aims to confront issues experienced by women, such as the evident discrepancy between the wages of males and females, medical rights, and further issues that women have dealt with. Albeit being a movement with an honest pursuit, its critics have subjected it to scrutiny and have even considered it to have lost sight of its own politics.
The ecofeminist stimulates the global activities in appreciating feminism is also dealed . Toni Morrison’s novels, The Bluest Eye and Beloved is the lights of black feminism, racism, realism and naturalism. It is an attempt to reflect the powerlessness, cruelty and pains that women of color went through. The Bluest Eye and Beloved is to identify problems that women face in the society.
Nazneen, a traditional Muslim woman in Monica Ali’s novel Brick Lane, is born to pursue her fate. The novel portraits Nazneen’s struggle in her arranged marriage as she tries to adapt to the London society and deals with her young lover. Being both pure and erotic, Nazneen has shown two sides to her husband and lover. Ali uses Nazneen’s dream caused by her guilty conscience to prove the contradict sides that existed inside Nazneen, one seen by Karim and Chanu as the “the real thing,” and the other known by herself as a corrupted woman. Nazneen represents a character of conflict more than anyone else in the novel.
The novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, is a story written by Khaled Hosseini about two women and the lives they had and what they faced as they grew up. It focuses on Mariam and Laila. The two were brought up in very different ways and they were raised by very different parents. Mariam was raised by a single mother since the father was mostly absent, only visited occasionally and she was a bastard child. Her mother bore her before marriage; she got pregnant for Jalil while working as a housekeeper at Jalil’s place who later threw her out.
In most texts women are usually forced follow the societal norms; having no power and staying subordinate, giving all their power to the men, although they can use different techniques to receive the power they deserve. In comparing the two texts, in Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, women are seen as powerless, weak people who have been silenced by the men in their lives. Whereas in Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, the women have no sovereignty over themselves due to the society they live in where women shouldn’t. While the women in Amir’s life help him because they understand how to overcome their own powerlessness and can guide him on his way to become the kind of man he wants to be, the women in Holden’s life cannot guide him on his