Slaughter response some critics said that she was setting a poor example for career women. While others found an interest in Ms. Slaughters preaching about a feminist focus on the problems of the rich and powerful. Ms. Slaughter has now expanded her views into a book. “We often cannot control the fate of our career and family,” (Slaughter). Ms. Slaughter says, the main problem women face when trying to balance a career and a family is trying to pursue our self-interest in a world in which others are pursuing theirs.
On the other hand, in Two Kinds, the mother and daughter face a culture shock in which they both are unable to come to terms on how and for whom they should live their life for. These two mothers and daughters represent that every household is different and whether you do too much or too little as a mother, the outcome depends solely on how each individual copes with the given conditions. Taking in account the parenting methods used by the two mothers, it can be deduced that despite their approaches not being exemplary, their actions were provoked by economic strain, societal pressure, and simply testing the waters of parenthood. Claiming that these mothers are either good or bad role models is a subjective assertion because what might work for one person might not be ideal for another.
not only does she make fun of herself, but she also has a great sense of humor. The little details she puts on her stories will make you picture it in your mind. She just doesn't want her readers to see her as a handicap person, but a person who wants the world to see her as a tough woman. One whom the fates, gods, viruses have not been kind, but who can face the brutal truth of her disabilities.
She has multiple sclerosis. In the essay she describes the struggles of her condition and knows that it causes her to have limitation in everyday societal procedures. She blunt choice of word to describe only herself and no other. After reading her essay, the word "Cripple" is neither informal, accurate, nor realistic. It is derived from the Old English word cripple, to crawl, and is considered offensive.
The imagery of the ‘sour air’ encompassing her represents a miasma of rejection from society, who pressure her to conform to a single way of life. Whilst some say that looking through a Bell Jar gives her a distorted perception of society and the pressure she receives is a fiction of her own imagination, one must look only at her relationship with her mother to realize she is victimized by her harsh society. In specific it reminds us of the toxic environment set up by her mother who tells her "I knew you'd decide to be all right again". It’s shocking to the reader who is able to sympathize with Esther’s clear internal struggles, yet her own mother sees it only as a nuisance. The extended metaphor within this novel and the fragmentary structure we so often see in Plath’s work presents the depth of mental disorder but more importantly brings a harsh light to the society that never understood or even tried
A woman’s job in life was to be a good mother and a good wife, period. Although feminist movements were now on the horizon, the subject of women standing up and speaking out for their rights was extremely controversial. As a feminist, Kate Chopin incorporated feminism in The Awakening through characters such as Edna Pontellier and Mademoiselle Reisz. Because the subject matter was so controversial and taboo, Chopin received a lot of negative feedback when she published the novel, with readers calling it “morbid, vulgar, and disagreeable.” The reactions Chopin received in response to her novel are very similar to how the people within Edna’s society react to her journey of a spiritual awakening.
After living in a world with no freedom with only memories of her life before, Offred begins to get frustrated. Once Offred begins to see that even high ranking people in this society break the rules, she begins to as well. Although, Offred knows breaking the rules is wrong and can have consequences she can not continue to live this way. It began with small rules such as women in the red center communicating and sharing names.
O’Connor’s depiction of the wooden leg in the story is a mild comparison to the amputation of her very soul threatened by imminent death relating to Lupus. To O’Connor her life became ugly and she voiced this matter of fact to Langkjaer in her comments about a self portrait that she had painted that was not flattering or attractive. Just as Hulga was highly educated, Flannery did know that she had high intelligence though she couldn’t spell and wasn’t good at Math. When her once last chance at love before her death was gone, it sparked emotions that had to quickly be dealt with and so O'Connor penned her masterpiece about her pain, her broken heart, her broken spirit and broken soul. Through this experience of loss of love and her imminent decline fo her life to Lupus, the author wrote a story to cleanse her healthy mind of pain and sorrow.
It is seen that both Pauline and Cholly Breedlove experience their own shares of misfortune that eventually do translate to the ways they treat Pecola. Pauline Breedlove is described as harsh and cold, as she is dissatisfied with her life. She herself struggles with the preconceived notions of beauty, as she believes her disabilities and features make her ugly. This affects the way she’s sees her life and her family, as she is disappointed that she does not have the “perfect” family because this will not win her favorable glances from other women. Pauline sees everything as a goal to be perfect and beautiful, as explained with the line, “Along with the idea of romantic love, she was introduced to another--physical beauty.
Poetry is a work of art giving strength to those who have no way to explain how they feel. Edgar Allen Poe had a dreary pitter patter manner of writing poems which were depressive due to loss of his thirteen-year old wife. Another example is Anne Sexton who had a mental illness and used writing as a manner to escape. The grandiose praise of Icarus’s feat of flight struts gracefully through Anne Sexton’s “To a friend whose work has come to triumph”; Through her exquisite diction, Anne Sexton shed light on the fact success is success even if it ends dramatically.
Maggie is an extremely reserved girl who has an older sister named Dee. " Dee is lighter than Maggie, with nicer hair and a fuller figure." (10). She has horrible burn scars all over her body from a house fire, she can't walk well, and is thin. She is a very homely girl who respects, and remembers, her family's culture, values, and history.
Maggie in Alice Walker’s short story “Everyday Use” plays the role of being the nervous and ugly sister of the story, however she is the child with the good heart. Maggie was nervous ashamed of her scars “Maggie was nervous… she will stand hopelessly in corners, homely ashamed of the burn scars down her arms and legs”. Living in a house with a pretty sister and being the ugly sister with scars could be the reason why she picked up on a timid personality, being ‘ashamed’ of her own skin shaping her in a way that she degraded herself from everybody else. Maggie was not this way before the fire, her mother stated, as it is quoted that she had adopted to a certain walk ever since the fire.
After the death of her father and departure of Hamlet, Ophelia arrives at the castle and pays an unsolicited visit to the royal majesties. She sings, “Young men will do’t, if they come to’t./ By Cock, they are to blame” (4.5.60-61). This passage is often interpreted as Ophelia airing the grievances that Hamlet has committed toward her--namely, he used her solely for sexual pleasure and discarded her when he lost interest. In summary, Ophelia exposes the double standard prevalent in her society: to a man, a woman’s value lies only in her virginity. She blames “Cock”, which represents the patriarchy at large, for society’s willingness to excuse male lust and irresponsibility.
“The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.” By Michel de Montaigne. This quote is explaining the idea of belonging to oneself and no one else. This is the same as being independent. Just like the fictional short story “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin (1894).