The most prominent point of The Second Sex is to illustrate how women are segregated from society by men, something which happens a lot in Heart of Darkness. De Beauvoir explains to the audience that men and women often do not understand one other and because men hold a higher social status in a patriarchal society, they have made women the ‘Other’ group in society. This is made evident by De Beauvoir’s following quote: “To pose Woman is to pose the absolute Other, without reciprocity, denying against all experience that she is a subject, a fellow human being.” (De Beauvoir 1266). As a consequence of not understanding women, De Beauvoir explains, men use this false sense of mystery as an excuse not to understand women or their problems. In Heart of Darkness the narrator Marlow believes that women live in their own naïve little world and that they should not interfere with the affairs of men, which he states in the following
Sadly, women are taught that they must rely on men because they are too weak to be independent. This creates gender inequality which can be described as unequal power relations, which leads to discrimination based on gender. Gender inequality has made it possible for gender-based violence to exist and persist. Thus, concluding that our society
The play appears to confront male dominance. It questions readers’ understanding of the other, the female, in a patriarchal society (Segal 17). Are the women heard? Why do they not have the right to act the way men do if they are fully capable of doing so like Medea proves in the play? Are women’s burning passions truly a threat and danger to society, or is society’s labeling and characterization of others the real problem?
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy depicts the inner lives and hardships women in a patriarchal society face. Roy provides a reflection of the social injustice in India in the form of abusive and tyrannical males who abuse women - both physically and psychologically. The novel is a vehicle for the author to express her disillusionment with the postcolonial social conditions. This response will critically analyse the lives of the female characters in Roy’s novel, specifically Mammachi and Ammu and explore the ways they have been marginalised. Mammachi, the mother of Ammu and Chacko is representative of the older generation of women in the novel and is a victim of oppression and discrimination at the hands of her husband, Pappachi.
Where There’s a Will presents two kinds of images of the women, women who suffer throughout their lives. Sonal Mehta has been victimized and exploited by the patriarchal social system. She is a silent sufferer and there are women who contend with patriarchal unjust authority for their right and equities. Kiran Jhaveri and Preeti are bold, assertive shrewd money minded and at times, defiant. They don’t let patriarchal authority rule over their lives.
This story of “The broken Web” critiques structures of Chicana culture through illustration of cultural hybridity. The aspect of domination is prevalent in the culture with men having control of the women. The women are deprived most common right being subjected to control by their partners. Issues of oppression are addresses and it indicates how different levels of oppression can interact in specific contexts. This is evident through the series of oppression that takes place in Martha`s dream and the actual oppression that here mother went through in the hands of her
Nervous Conditions `Tsitsi Dangarembga` In our societies women are deprioritized and discriminated because of their gender, they struggle to express themselves vocally, simply because our world is male dominated. However Tsitsi Dangarembga`s Nervous Conditions (1988) is a feminist fiction. Rosemary Moyana on her essay also argues that the novel centers around women who struggle to challenge the patriarchal system of their society, and voice out their opinions . On the very first page of the novel Tambudzai the narrator of the story who is also the protagonist says “…my story is not after all about death, but about my escape and Lucia`s; about my mother`s and Maiguru`s entrapment; and about Nyasha`s rebellion…”, (Dangarembga 1988:1), this quote emphasizes that the story mainly concerns women who are trapped in a patriarchal Shona society, and some who try to oppose it even though they encounter some challenges. Tambudzai is portrayed as a young
The term is associated with the ostracised section of the society particularly used for the weaker section of the society i.e. women. The position of female as subaltern is miserable. Patriarchy is the prime obstacle to women’s advancement and development. Among women, widows are the doubly oppressed as they become the prey of patriarchy as well as of religion.
However, she becomes a prey to the hypocrisy and double standard of patriarchal society and she is made to suffer variously not only by the men but also hidebound female members of the society such as Mrs. Kashikar. Tendulkar throws light on the hypocrisy of the society that excuses men and punish women for the same offence. The mock–trial holds a mirror to our social response to such things. It is pre-eminently male biased. Vijay Tendulkar in his play, Silence!
Thus, the women characters in Tendulkar’s plays replicate the suppressed and oppressed lot, struggling to come out of the clutches of the male-dominated Indian society. They attempt to break away from the servitude, subordination and forceful exploitation of womanhood, and struggle for the recognition of woman as equal in all spheres of life. The scanning of select plays of Vijay Tendulkar reflects his concern for the middle class individual set against the backdrop of a hostile society. For Tendulkar the primary compulsion is humanistic. His plays concentrate on different aspects of the human character and complexity of human relationship.