It is the journey to self-fulfillment that has often led the female through many hard times and struggles. In a similar fashion, the voyage for females to gain control over their own lives and bodies in the 1960’s was difficult. Margaret Laurence portrays this in “The Diviners” as the protagonist, Morag Gunn tells her story with chronological flashbacks helping to narrate the current events in her life. Morag’s road to understanding the self mirrors and is influenced by the time leading up to and during the feminist movement in the 1960’s. Prior to the 1960’s feminist movement, women’s literature was not seen in the same light as it was then.
From looking at the Native American Cinderella Story told by the Algonquian people to the classic Cinderella story by Charles Perrault it is obvious that the beginning, middle, and end of their tales explain a transformation that many people put hope in to rise to good fortune. Once upon a time in a land far away… Many folktales begin this way but the beginning of a Cinderella story is much more than the setting. In all Cinderella stories the first incident that occurs is always a very sad circumstance. In Oochigeaskw The Rough-Faced Girl told by the Algonquin people it says, “The youngest girl was very small, weak, and often ill: and yet her sisters, especially the elder, treated her cruelly” (639). This sad circumstance affects the poor youngest child and sets her up for failure.
While Disney did manage to stay pretty close to the basic story line, they had to water down many of the details in order to make a more child-friendly film; the enchanting characters, the wicked curse, the actual beauty being laid to rest, her meeting the love of her life, all the way to the defeat of the antagonist differ from the original. Princess Aurora, a.k.a. Briar Rose is the epitome of a Disney princess; she is innocently gorgeous and of course has a choir of animals that follow her every step. Talia, from Basiles’ version, does share similar qualities with Aurora, she is just as beautiful and naïve but lacks the animal entourage and isn’t actually a princess, she is the daughter of a lord. Prince Phillip is the dashing man who steals Auroras’ heart, but Talia captures the eye of King.
I'd been cheated out of my money! I'd been taken for a fool" (Hooper 158). Anne also displays that she can often misconceive her own views on society. For example " I had even childlessly supposed that a king and queen, being so important, they were bigger than normal people were" (Hooper 11). As there is no "giants" in our mists, it is likely that Anne has had a poor education as a child and is It is evident that , Anne's naive qualities are what drives her action's in this book and will ultimately play a part in her demise.
Sheena Jones Professor Valencic LITR330 October 20, 2011 “They said”, “We said”, “She did”: A Nosy Narrative Faulkner’s ingenious use of voice in “A Rose for Emily” gives it an old tabloid feel. At first glance, the title of this short story suggests that Emily was a much loved and adored woman; however, a rereading of the texts reveals that Emily was a source of intrigue and gossip for the people of Jefferson County. The story is told through an omniscient observer which is illustrated in the first sentence of the texts; “when Miss Emily Grierson died, our whole town went to the funeral, the men [out of] affection for a fallen monument, women…curious…to see the inside of her house,” (Faulkner); assuming that the narrator reveals this information about the townspeople in order for the reader to discern their purpose for attending was more to gawk and gossip rather than show adoration for Miss Grierson. The narrator is present but is merely reporting events as they happen. The townspeople’s curiosity is typical of what might be found in most small towns, their interests and entertainment lie within the personal lives of others.
Barbie Doll has a few main themes that can be easily recognized; the main ones that Piercy addresses are the pressures of being a female and the desperate attempts to please others. In this poem, when the subject gets older she is told all the ways that she is not beautiful, while all of her good traits are ignored. Ultimately, it shows how the pressure of trying to measure up to society’s standards can cause an end to someone’s life. The poet makes the point at the end of Barbie Doll that for some women, fulfillment might only come in death. At the beginning of the poem the girl is portrayed as a typical little girl without a care in the world.
Most people who are familiar with Cinderella have little understanding of the subliminal messages associated and the consequences involved. To many, Cinderella is a harmless story of a young girl who struggles through life, is finally able to achieve her dreams, and lives happily ever after. In reality, the patriarchal gender expectations and rewards associated with Disney’s Cinderella can be damaging to young girls and their self-image. Therefore, in order to render the misogynistic ideologies of these stories invalid, modern pedagogy should be recreated to incorporate potential empowerment for both genders. Most people believe fairy tales to be harmless to a girl’s development, unable to comprehend the reality of the situation: the gender stereotyping involved in these stories can be influential in several ways (Bonds-Raake 232).
This phenomenon has been the topic of discussions for years now, but nothing has been done about it. Either people do not understand the importance or the addressing of the topic doesn’t catch the audience’s attention. In Cinderella ate My Daughter: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the New Girlie Girl Culture, New York Times bestselling author, blogger, and expert on girls development, women, and parenting, Peggy Orenstein knowledgeably and humorously addresses America’s newest princess culture and what it is doing to America’s little angels. A book is easier to read if the reader feels a connection with a character or in some cases the author. In the case of this book the reader can form a connection with the author or at least relate to her, easily.
Nora plays her part in the life but secretly wants more and is constantly reminded of how little control over her own life she has. An example of this is that after 8 years of marriage and three children, Torvald Helmer wags his finger at Nora and asks “Hasn’t Miss Sweet-Tooth been breaking the rules in town today ?” (Ibsen, 1897, p.)_Torvald speaks to Nora as a parent would speak to child in a condescending tone throughout the play. In public Nora is a doll and a plaything that is discounted for not having an original thought. If one considers the fact that she
Today, her influence has spread like wildfire in many filmmakers and authors. While some may question Austen’s place among other classical writers, it is the simplicity of her characters, her comical use of irony and her feministic view point that captures the heart of many fans. Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775 and was the seventh of eight children. David Cody, who wrote a short biography of Austen on Victorianweb.org, explains that “like the central characters in most of her novels, the Austens were a large family of respectable lineage but no fortune.” She was mainly educated at her home with her sister, Cassandra and began writing comical stories during her childhood. She continued writing into her teens and completed, what is considered “her first mature work”, Lady Susan at the age of nineteen (Cody).