Rape Fantasies By Margaret Atwood Analysis

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Men's obsession with violence against women is an often theme in literary texts, especially the ones written by female writers. The state where women are obliged to be silent, or they will be oppressed in their societies is explored deeply in lots of stories. For example, in ''Rape Fantasies'' where each woman illustrates her own fantasy and illusion if she experiences rape once, Margaret Atwood reflects a general view of how women react towards such cruel act of men. Although most women express different reactions, such as Estelle, who shows a passive reaction by sympathizing the rapist and feeling guilty towards him; and Darlene, who explains her disgust about the subject; Sondra chooses to be silent. Sondra's silence during the conversation…show more content…
Therefore, they follow whatever is pop to replace the traditional cultures that do not suit them any further. One popular trend many teens adopt, believing it can be a helpful tool to express their feelings more freely and get rid of the melancholy mood of their age, is the jazz. The story "Sonny's Blues" by James Baldwin illustrates the world wide consequences of jazz music and dance styles on youth. When Sonny abandons his family and leaves the school just to play jazz, his brother, who narrates the story and has a complete contradictory personality to Sonny's, feels troubled and frustrated. The narrator thinks the musicians are corrupted people, who deal with drugs and cigarettes, and tries to prevent Sonny from being with them. So, he becomes upset upon hearing Sonny's response to his advice, which indicates that Sonny's ultimate passion for music makes Sonny think he is free to do whatever pleases him: "I think people ought to do what they want, what else are they a live for?'' (Baldwin qtd. in Schwen and Dorothy 344). Another story that represents teens' confusion is Joyce Carol Qates's "Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?", where a young girl, Connie, pretends to be adult to attract boys' attention since she defines her life by her relations with boys. When she hangs out with her friends, she dresses, walks, and laughs in attractive manners to be more sexualized and polished. In fact, Connie's fantasies about the world of sexuality and maturity, the images of popular cultures she collects and the romantic songs she listens to, contrast its actuality through which she ends up being kidnapped by a strange man. In both stories, the way in which Sonny and Connie interpret pleasant life of no suffering, dealing with drugs and repealing against education or having shallow and
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