Given the oppressive rule of the Taliban, how could women survive without men in their family? The book The Other Side of the Sky by Farah Ahmedi and Tamim Ansary, answers that question by the journey of Farah and her mother. Their journey goes from Afghanistan all the way to America. On this trip, Farah and her mom face many hardships, including their physical injuries and losing their family. In Afghanistan and Pakistan women lacked various rights under Taliban rule that limited their freedoms, but conditions have improved since the Taliban relinquished their power, which shows that given the opportunity women can become independent.
The story, Women of Troy depicts women as mothers, slaves, sexual beings, warriors, and survivors that overcame devastation of losing their men and children to war. With effects from a wicked war, these women felt hopeless, humilated, and hostile due to the loss of their men . However, women are considered the main focuses, therefore perceived as important, heroic, courageous survivors of tragedy.
In chapter one, Virginia Woolf uses logos as a literary device to show the relationship between the food someone eats and what they are capable of doing:
In two passages, Virginia Woolf compares meals she was served at a men’s and at a women’s college. The contrasting meals reveal Woolf’s frustration at the inferior treatment that women face. The first meal at the men’s college is elegant, enjoyable, and satisfying while the second is plain, cheap, and bland. This clearly juxtaposes the expense and luxury afforded to the men with the “penny-pinching” nature of the women’s in order to show Woolf’s underlying attitude of dissatisfaction against the inequality that women are not granted the same privileges and investment as men.
“The Death of the Moth”, by Virginia Woolf, is an essay centered around the phenomenon that is life and death, a wonder that results in the same conclusion for every being on this deceptive and unjust world. Woolf uses variations in tones, unpredictable milestones, and a plethora of metaphors to evoke emotions within the reader so that a sympathetic parallel is formed between the pitiful moth and the emotionally susceptive reader.
Women back in the 17th to 18th century were labeled insignificant and served no major roles in any life-changing events. The fate for most of the women, was being confined in their own living spaces- left to prioritize housework duties such as cooking and cleaning. The etiquette of women was subjected to remain obedient to men. The inferiority of women forced imposition of loyalty and obedience towards men; the respect to women remained unrecognized in society. Preluding to the beginning of the 18th century, before the American Revolution arose, the position of a woman was strictly only to maintain household orders and comply towards the necessities of men. Women were nothing more but mere objects
In source A, we read about the enthusiasm that was women when thought of as independent. They strived at the thought of contributing to the war effort, country and society. In source B, we see a picture of strong women nursing the wounded, which plays a huge part to any war. For starters, without nurses, there would be no uninjured soldiers to defend our country. In front of them, we see 2 women. One woman is making a mockery of the other by making her seem stereotypical as a lady, and therefore useless when it comes to serious matter, the actual fighting. The irony of this is that she is also a woman. “Women faced strong opposition when they
At the time of the war, men were going off to fight and eventually began to get enlisted into the army. This meant that women had to step up. This war changed the ideal image of the common American woman. Before the war, women were supposed to be structured as known by Historians as, “The Cult of True Womanhood.” This was the
In the last chapter she has focussed on the aspect of Remaking men, Reknowing Ourselves. According to her the only way to end war is unmaking masculinity. She further adds that this kind of change is already in process through the men who oppose and say no to combat and transform their lives into a new kind of humanity.
In my earlier education when the government used anecdotes of Communist heroes to train the youth to become future revolutionists, I frequently read stories of Zoia and Shura. In the texts, on one hand, Zoia extended kinds of womanly care to her brother Shura; on the other hand, she was a determined anti-Fascist fighter. However, I took it for granted that Zoia could easily reconcile killing enemies with her womanhood until I read Anna Krylova’s Soviet Women in Combat.
In “Professions for Women”, Woolf uses rhetorical strategies to strengthen her argument. Woolf boosts her credibility by starting off with personal anecdotes of her occupation as a female writer. Imagery is used to allow the audience to visualize how the “Angel of the House” represents strict gender roles from society’s implications that confines the Woolf’s writing. An urgent tone is used to highlight the necessity of overcoming the phantoms that restrict women’s abilities. After the change from society and implications of gender roles, women have more opportunities to stand up for themselves, reflect on their accomplishments. In conclusion, there are still phantoms that women face in society after moving on from the “Angel in the House” and there are a various of steps in the future to come to evolve society’s implications of men’s and women’s positions in
Russia invading Afghanistan in 1979 marked the beginning of the end for all the new freedoms the earlier decades had brought. (The Week UK) As Afghanistan has no doubt been known to be connected to war, these women have suffered the consequences. Over the last several decades, the country has been inhabited by U.S troops as well as communist soviet troops. As Afghanistan is dominated by militant groups and the Islamic Taliban, women’s rights have been more often than not taken advantage of for political gain. (Amnesty
Equality between the sexes is a relatively new concept. Throughout most of history women have always been treated to less privilege and opportunity as their male counterparts. Beginning in the 19th century onward, women began to make the argument for themselves that they were deserving of more fair and balanced treatment in society. Woman writers, poets, and thinkers began to create the early foundations for feminist thought and logic during this time. One of the pioneering voices in this emerging feminist movement was Virginia Woolf. Woolf, in her essay A Room of One’s Own tries to address the question of creativity between the sexes, and under what conditions does creativity flourish.
Do you know that Shakespeare is not the only gifted writer in his family? This mysterious member exists in the English writer Virginia Woolf’s imagination. In her famous essay “Shakespeare’s Sister,” Woolf uses the hypothetical anecdote of Judith Shakespeare as her main evidence to argue against a dinner guest, who believes that women are incapable of writing great literature. During the time when Judith is created, women are considered to be naturally inferior to men and are expected to be passive and domestic. Regarding her potential audience, educated men, as “conservative,” Woolf attempts to persuade them that social discouragement is the real cause of the lack of great female writers without irritating them by proposing “radical” arguments. By using casual diction, simple sentences, and well-known allusions, Woolf is able to shift the audience’s attention from the gender of the
One of the most significant works of feminist literary criticism, Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One`s Own”, explores both historical and contemporary literature written by women. Spending a day in the British Library, the narrator is disappointed that there are not enough books written by or even about women. Motivated by this lack of women’s literature and data about their lives, she decides to use her imagination and come up with her own characters and stories. After creating a tragic, but extraordinary gifted figure of Shakespeare’s sister and reflecting on the works of crucial 19th century women authors, the narrator moves on to the books by her contemporaries. So far, women were deprived of their own literary history, but now this heritage is starting to appear. She finds that women are currently writing nearly as many books as men, on all kinds of subjects, such as economics and philosophy, “which a generation ago no woman could have touched“. So, to explore current novels and to see what kind of changes occurred in