Feminist literary criticism Essays

  • Summary Of Shakespeare's Sister Virginia Woolf

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    “Who shall measure the heat and violence of the poet’s heart when caught and tangled in a woman’s body?” Virginia Woolf, one of the most talented female writers in history, questioned the society, in which women had no say to their future and had nowhere to display their talents. In her article, Shakespeare’s sister, Virginia Woolf addresses this problem and manipulates her audiences, especially upper classes’ males, to pay full attention on gender inequality issues she discusses by using well-developed

  • Edna Pontellier's Expectations Of Women In The Awakening

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    In the Awakening Edna Pontellier was an unstable character, she upsets the expectations of the nineteen century women’s role. Chopin focuses on two females that influence Edna`s life and help her in what we see are her awakenings Both of these characters will represent the role of women’s in the nineteen century. Adele Ratignolle and Mademoiselle Reisz are the examples that the men around Edna contrast her with and who they obtain their expectations for her. Edna begins to see that the life of freedom

  • Simone De Beauvoir Feminism

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    Let us start with a quote by one of the most prominent French writers and most important figures in the twentieth century, Simone de Beauvoir – “One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.” I personally think that this is the single-most appropriate way that best describes how feminism is a social construct which means that the roles that are associated with women, or those that are assigned to them, are not given by biological nature, but are actually defined by social norms, and history. Feminism

  • City Of The Ladies Analysis

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    Pisan’s Book of the City of the Ladies quest for truth, specifically on the character Lady Reason, with an emphasis on discussed issues; which are woman’s education, causes of misogyny, and inventions. Pisan’s Book of the City of the Ladies is a feminist text written in between the fourteenth and fifteenth century. Her intention was to defend woman from man’s unwarranted attacks, who focused on belittling woman.

  • Chantal Bilodeau's Feminist Movement

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    In his essay “Feminist Theory and the Environmental Movement,” Robert Verchick argues that the environmental justice movement is, if unintentionally, a feminist movement. This is exemplified by the Veronica in Chantal Bilodeau’s Sila. Veronica is a woman of color who participates in the environmental justice movement using art as her primary form of activism. While her activism may not have explicitly feminist aims; however, her actions can be understood as forms of feminist action as defined by

  • Summary Of Toni Morisson's The Bluest Eye

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    turning point in the development of my psyche which would allow me to love her.” [The Bluest Eye p, 19]. Although she rejects the idea now, Claudia will recognize that whiteness is the standard of beauty at some point. Morrison layers another dimension into the story in the form of Maureen Peal, “a high-yellow dream child.” The rich, white child immediately becomes the hub of the entire school’s admiration, and the MacTeer children’s jealousy. They search for fault in her features, and

  • Faith In Elie Wiesel's Night

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    Faith influences everyone; whether it be faith in a god, a person, or one's own self, faith is ever present. It is one of the most powerful things in all of history; it migrated thousands of people, killed millions, and influences laws in every society. During World War II, the Nazi party of Germany killed up to 6 million people of the Jewish religion. Some of these Jews maintained their faith while they were being killed, some started to break from it, and many lost it completely. If their god was

  • Examples Of Misunderstanding In A Good Man Is Hard To Find

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    Misunderstandings As represented in the story “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” by Flannery O'Connor, a good man was hard to be and had different ideas of how to pursue it. Going through the journey with the grandmother and her family learning about the Misfit, the audience can witness the actions being made by different characters to witness their fall and/or their triumph. When looking into the grandmother more deeply, the audience can detect the intensity of her self absorption. She would consider

  • A Raisin In The Sun Critical Analysis

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    CRITICS OF LORAINE HANSBERRY Joseph Wilson contended that "The historical backdrop of the Afro-American individuals is a mosaic woven into the history's fabric of work in America". "A Raisin in the Sun" approves this perception and assists us with comprehension the difficulties that stood up to African-American Workers in Chicago from the 1920s to the 1950s. The Play talked about the effect of work and lodging separation of the American longs for the dark populace through the experience of two eras

  • Postcolonialism In Indian Camp And The Boy Who Painted Christ Black

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    usually discusses about the binary opposition between the colonized and colonizer, oppressed and oppressor, subjugated and subjugator. Using a postcolonial criticism, one can easily recognizes the ideas of polarization in literary texts. Ernest Hemingway’s Indian Camp and John Henrik Clarke’s The Boy Who Painted Christ Black are two example of literary works that show the polarization. The stories portray a vivid view on colonialism. Both of the stories tell about the oppression from the White toward

  • Chronicle Of A Death Foretold Perpetrator Essay

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    In the novella Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the townspeople have come to a uniform decision that the “perpetrator”, the man who took Angela Vicario’s virginity, is not the man when she claims it is. Angela named the deceased Santiago Nasar as the man who deflowered her; however, after much thought the townspeople decided that Nasar was in fact not the real “perpetrator”: “The most current version…was that Angela Vicario was protecting someone who really loved her and she

  • Theme Of Anger In The Iliad

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    From the religious perspective , in Islam anger is " the root of all evils , a secret weapon of man towards evils, and a spark of fire that always bursting " (Zadik 7). From a literary perspective ,according to Susi Kaplow " the emotion which accompanies the first steps toward liberation, for most women is anger " (kaplow 38). American Psychology Association defines anger as is an emotion characterized by antagonism toward someone

  • The Girl Who Drak The Moon Analysis

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    conflicts, Ignatia versus her grief and the villagers versus their fear of the non-existent witch. Traditionally, stories involving childhood abandonment use it mainly as a plot device (Gross, 106), but Barnhill’ story is different. According to the literary analysis article, “The Giver and Shade's Children, Future Views of Child Abandonment and Murder,” by Distinguished Scholar Award winner, Melissa Gross, both of these books are also exceptions. They too use child murder and abandonment as important

  • Stereotypes Of Teenagers

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    Within Northrop Frye’s essay, “Don’t you think it’s time to start thinking?”, high school students are represented as not being able to think and not having any sense of language as a structure because of the societal stereotype that teenagers are lazy and not driven to do their best. From schoolwork to our personal hobbies, society has been plagued by this blandly pretentious idea. To prove Frye has been influenced by the societal stereotype of lazy teenagers, one must first prove that there is

  • Examples Of Irony In Short Story

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    The irony, a technique where the author creates a difference between what appears to be said and what is real. A media example of irony is Monsters Inc. The irony being the monsters are frightened of the children, when in fact, children are terrified of monsters. The three short stories that illustrate irony are, “The Possibility of Evil,” “The Lottery” and “The Skating Party.” The first being, “The Possibility of Evil” which familiarizes the reader on protective and curious traits. Next to being

  • Symbolism In Battle Royale

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    Battle Royale story written by Ralph Ellison who is the main character was forced by the legislation to compete in a Battle Royale with other students. This story provides the realistic representation of being a black person in the country dominated by the white. During this time, the economy of Japan was nearly totally a collapse in view of the fact that they experienced high rates of unemployment. Ralph Ellison had a number of questions lingering in his head on how to achieve the equality between

  • A Small Good Thing Summary

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    The short stories "Cathedral" and "A Small Good Thing" by Raymond Carver show the struggles of two American families and how the hardships brought new relationships and understanding to the families and those around them. "Cathedral" depicts the struggle to have a deeper connection not based on physical appearance. "A Small, Good Thing" shows the struggle to overcome the pain brought by the death of a loved one. Raymond Carver's texts work together to show that by accepting the help of others the

  • Brave New World Excerpt Analysis Essay

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    talking about is called Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. I am going to identify literary elements such as character, conflict, and plot. The second thing I am going to identify is literary techniques such as vocabulary, style, and tone. The final thing I am going to identify is the universal meaning like thoughts, prior knowledge, and feelings. Without any of the three topics there would be no great story written. Literary elements are the main topic to put a summary together. The conflict in the excerpt

  • Analysis Of House Of Bernarda Alba

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    Center to Foucauldian analysis is the idea that “the purpose of criticism is to analyze the work through its structure, its architecture, its intrinsic form and the play of its internal relationships.” (Foucault 1980:102) and therefore avoids biographical views for being inaccurate. Frequently critics witness works from the same author that is drastically different from one another and makes it hard to believe that they are all works of the same author, thus a biographical approach is insufficient

  • Satire In Naguib Mahfouz's Midaq Alley

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    “Satire is a sort of glass wherein beholders do generally discover everybody’s face but their own” (Jonathan Swift). From literary works to social media; irony and sarcasm are particularly common but rarely recognized, mentioned devices don’t only criticize others but expose their stupidities as well. In Midaq Alley, Naguib Mahfouz uses satire to express his own disdain and judgment for social groups he encounters. Moreover, he shows and criticizes the use of satire by other characters revealing