Description In Siren Songs: Gender, Audiences, and Narrators in the Odyssey, Lillian Eileen Doherty shows us that the attitude of Odysseus, as well as of the Odyssey, is highly ambivalent toward women. Odysseus rewards supportive female characters by treating them as privileged members of the audience for his own tales. At the same time, dangerous female narrators--who threaten to disrupt or revise the hero's story--are discredited by the narrative framework in which their stories appear. Siren Songs synthesizes audience-oriented and narratological approaches, and examines the relationships among three kinds of audiences: internal, implied, and actual. The author prefaces her own reading of the Odyssey with an analysis of the issues posed by the earlier feminist readings on which she builds.
Most people are clueless about the laws that are passed in the U.S until they are put into effect. In a column that was posted in The Nation, Williams, tries in relaying her point that the U.S Patriot Act, which was established as a means in thwarting further terrorist acts, is taking away the very rights it is trying to preserve. Throughout the paper she tries in establishing a foundation with the reader. To get the reader to really take her point into consideration, she uses rhetorical appeals. She builds her character and credibility to build up her ethos and how she wants to project herself.
In 1992 she published her third and most controversial portfolio called “Immediate Family”. In this series of photos Mann presents several small children, many exposed and in some cases completely nude. These photos not only ignited arguments about the morality of the photos but also about their legitimacy. A federal prosecutor in Roanoke, VA informed Mann that no fewer than eight pictures she had chosen for the traveling exhibition could subject her to arrest (Woodward). Despite the clear laws against publicly showing child nudity, she has never been charged with any crime as a result of her infamous art shows.
Confronted with these images, the reader is encouraged to sympathise with the author’s contention. Many of these unrealistic images are also the driving force behind the increasing demand to see realistic images of young women in the media. Stark’s contention is strengthened by anecdotes from affected girls, attempting to recreate the ‘perfect body’ on themselves, who constantly obsess with these glossy magazines. Including Erin Young’s story of her ‘own struggle with body image’, that almost led to anorexia, plays a big part in encouraging the reader to side with Stark’s opinion. These stories assist the reader in understanding the serious widespread nature of the issue.
Such devices are comparison and contrast, rhetorical questions and allusions. Downie uses comparison and contrast, in paragraph 2, when making the claim that rather than learning about or celebrating the life of those who made a big contribution to the world, persons engage more in the lives of celebrities. She draws the conclusion when comparing the lives of any one of the major contributors but mainly Mother Teresa’s life to the life of celebrities, it’s nonnegotiable and their work becomes mediocre. Downie also uses rhetorical questions purposely to boggle the minds of her readers to gain a more focused view on life and what it should be rather than what persons see it as. One main rhetorical question she asked was “what is environmental stewardship?” While analyzing her article, I found that she used a rhetorical question as a form of humor (what idiot would want love if that’s all they could look forward to?).
Article Review: This Great and Sore Affliction 1-Introduction In the controversial article, This Great and Sore Affliction by William Sterne and Nancy Nahra: discusses the way a women named Anne Marbury Hutchinson expresses her beliefs and opinions with others in the 1600s. I think the author wrote this article to express how abnormal it was for women to stand up for themselves and also to give readers an understanding of the consequences people would face for sharing there opinions back then, especially if you were female. 2-Critical Summary The way women and people in general were treated in the 1600’s differs to how we are treated today. The thesis of this article is that not everyone was treated equally despite the circumstances; most women didn’t have much freedom of speech compared to some male colonists. One of the authors’ major contentions was the sex differentiations and restrictions people had.
One of the flaws that the opposition notices is that in way shield laws afford extra privileges to journalists and that no citizen should be able to ignore a court ordered subpoena. Simply put, journalist would be placed above the law. Justice Department Official John Ashcroft stated that “reporters today are driven by their editors to deliver tersely written “scoops” usually whispered to them by individuals with political or self-serving agendas who refuse to be identified” and that they “should ultimately be held accountable for acting recklessly and irresponsibly. Allowing journalist this privilege would only further allow them you be able to utilize non-credible sources. Opponents also cite problems with defining who is considered a journalist or news gatherer and who is not.
The context of Donne’s writing indicates a time that females had power despite being subordinate to men in every day life. With much tension and debate over the effectiveness of a female rule, it can also be seen as a theme within Donne’s work where the male questions his own power and submission to female dominance (Guibbory, 1990). From here, Donne seeks to re-imagine a London based on Ovid’s Rome but instead of pandering to Ovid’s obvious Christian values that underpin his work; he ignores them and rewrites the style. Still incorporating the outrageousness of Ovid, Donne uses conventional values of this discourse of desire in posing lust and desire in a way that spurs chaos and anarchy. The female persona is the catalyst of the chaos but it is from the male’s perspective that readers experience the protagonist’s anger, desire and competitive nature.
Kumari, the Living Goddess and right of a child Saurav Ghimire Kathmandu School of Law E-mail: Saumire@yahoo.com Phone: 9849867571 Customs and traditions are believed to be substantive elements to regulate an individual's behavior in society. But these elements are often criticized when they are known to be against the principles of human dignity. At present, the tradition of Kumari Pratha, an ancient cultural practice has become a subject of debate between the human rights activists and the strict cultural followers. One side argue that the goodness, prosperity and humanity lies in the hand of Kumari, the Goddess of Virgin whereas the others put the fact that even the Goddesses are being denied of basic human rights. At this juncture, it is very essential to have in-depth study on this custom which is highly praised for making Nepal known as home of living goddess and at the same time condemned as violating rights of innocent children in the name of tradition.
I think that the media do not respect celebrity’s private lives. As human beings, we all deserve some level of privacy. But when you're a celebrity, privacy holds another meaning. Most celebrities accept the fact that they will be followed by paparazzi the minute they step out their doors; after all, it does come with the territory. Celebrities spend a significant amount of time in front of the cameras, so it seems inevitable that some parts of their private lives will get out.