Voicelessness In English Literature

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Choose only ONE of the following topics and respond in a minimum of five paragraphs, using specific examples and details from at least four of the texts we've read this semester. Option #1: One of the major themes we've encountered in our books this semester is the idea of voicelessness--of women who find themselves unable to speak as they wish. Using at least four of our books as your starting point, describe how finding one's voice matters in the books you choose to write about. The books, “The Round House”, by Louise Erdrich, “Their Eyes Were Watching God”, by Zora Neale Hurston, “Jane Eyre”, by Charlotte Bronte, and “Americanah”, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, all features women that has suffered from being voicelessness. The women from each books went through many obstacles before they could find their own voice. Despite the hardships, they were able to find their own happiness or solutions to their problems in different ways. In the book, “The Round House”, by Louise Erdrich, Geraldine was the protagonist’s mother and a defenseless victim of rape. It took…show more content…
When she was with Jody Starks, a man who provided Janie elegant things but limited her voice and power. Jody would often restricted Janie from associating with the town members, he would make her hide her beautiful hair, and insulted her by telling her she looks old multiple of times (Hurston 47, 49, 79). After meeting with her true love, Tea Cake, she was able to find her own voice. They went through many adventures and obstacles together. When she came back to Eatonville after his death, she no longer cared about the gossips. She told Pheoby, “Let ‘em consolate theyselves wid talk” (Hurston 192). She no longer remained silence when she needed to voice her own opinion. The girl that was easily affected by criticism now found her own voice and

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