Alice walker in her novels portrays the world view of women and their worthy roles, as mother, sister, daughter, wife and beloved. She leaves the message that the valuable bond between men and women is possible only through the choice of freedom, desire and respect for each other’s individuality. She also believes the dominance of male is not good for any society. The present paper shows this view of the Alice Walker with a focus on the novel ‘The Color Purple.’ Key words: victimization, male
Olympe de Gouges can be considered as the pioneer feminism advocate. Her famous work “Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen” (DRWFC) in 1791 was highly controversial. Her work propagated to place women at the centre of politics and society alongside with men. This was highly contentious as women had been subservient to men for much of history. Her work was grounded in the Enlightenment ideas of thinkers such as Diderot, Voltaire, and Montesquieu who questioned the unequal treatment of women (Racz 1952, 151).
Each play depicts a dutiful and loyal wife, Sarita and Nora. It justifies that a wife can do everything for her husband. But their husband cannot give even respect to his wife. It means that a woman remains a puppet from birth to death under her master --- sometimes in the form of father or brother or husband or son. It shows that our society is a male dominated society where female-voice is always denied by the male.
It not only shows their subjugation but also their empowerment. How the women of a war torn country leads their extraordinary life and even thrive in their respective situations. The women of the novel face multitude of troubles but find a way to overcome the troubles, which makes me to analyze it through postcolonial feminist theory. Postcolonial feminist criticism looks at the unique position of women in the east. It clearly distinguishes itself from the western or “Eurocentric” feminism.
It is considered her transitional work. Rich’s own real life experiences and her observations of life concerning the true situation of women in patriarchal society has found way in this volume. The pitiable condition of women in and out of the family, the exploitation of women in every field, the continuous tortures inflicted on them and the corresponding shattering of their nerves all influenced Rich so much so that she decided to write for women’s situation. Snapshots of a Daughter-in-Law is her break through volume. It is here that Rich for the first time asserts herself as a feminist
For this purpose it is necessary to have some discussion of feminism and feminist literature. Shashi Deshpande has made bold attempts at giving a voice to the disappointments and frustrations of women despite her vehement denial of being a feminist. Shashi Deshpande has exposed the gross gender discrimination and its fall-out in a male dominated society in her first novel Roots and Shadows. In the novel, she depicts the agony and suffocation experienced by the protagonist Indu in a male-dominated and tradition bound society. That Long Silence, is not an imaginary story.
The novel raises the questions whether the role of an Indian woman as a representative of other women, living under oppressive patriarchal systems in relation to cultural resistance, should be restricted only to their roles as wives and mothers. In such a world, woman’s role is limited to reproduction regardless of her own desires and needs. Hence, this paper tries to point out how Anita Nair projects Indian feminism and attitude through women characters in her novels. Keywords: Feminism, Patriarchy, Self-identity. ________________________________________ “Feminism is the recognition of the domination of men over Women and attempts by women to end male privilege….
The attempts to create female enclave are extremist reaction, but the recent trends in feminist literature are an indication that it is possible for women to live independently in the world where men also live. In the twentieth century, women’s writing is considered a powerful medium that brings out some features of feminism. Their novels speak of certain burning issues related to women as well as those issues that exist in society. Their writings speaks about the psyche of the female. The majority of these novels portray the psychological sufferings of frustrated housewives.
Abstract The present paper is an attempt to analysis Bharati Mukherjee’s seminal novel Jasmine with reference to gender discrimination, sexual violence and female protests. Gender discrimination seems to be the root cause of sexual violence which ultimately leads to female protest. Due to gender discriminationmen began to nurturethe idea that women are nothing but their slaves whom they can utilize as they want. The blindfolded followers of patriarchy assume women merely an object of consumption, shoes of their feet which can bereplaced whenever they want. They neglect women’s social and psychological needs by crushing their identity and bounding their freedom.
YEARNING OF A WOMAN FOR STRENGTH AND INDEPENDENCE IN RAJAM’S KRISHNAN’S LAMPS IN THE WHIRLPOOL Feminism is a set of movements aimed in achieving moral, social, economic and political rights and equal opportunities for women. The status of women in India has been subject to many great changes over the past few millennia. But in olden days women are victimized in such a manner. Women are still victims of social discrimination because of male chauvinism. They are still considered less equal to men.