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.
In her speech, Atwood challenges the ideals regarding women presented in literature and society, and in doing this also challenges the ideas of extreme feminists. It is in her casual and conversation-like style in delivering, however, that she constructs textual integrity through the use of many rhetorical devices to enhance the style and message of her speech. Her style, although considered ‘rambling’, overall benefits her topic of ‘Problems of Female Bad Behaviour in the Creation of Literature’ in the way that her anecdotes and allusions to many other texts involving the role of women enhance her argument as pieces of evidence. Quite early on in the speech, Atwood uses a personal anecdote to display the role in which fiction plays in society. In the anecdote, involving a play including her nephew where the two lead roles did nothing but eat breakfast, Atwood
As sociologist Douglas S. Massey has said, “segregation is a key cause of poverty because where one lives determines much about the life chances one faces." And this in the United States is "Created by White prejudice, Actualized by discriminatory behavior and Condoned, if not supported, by government." Today both, in the US and in Europe as well, overt racism is replaced by “politically correct behavior” and the reality of social relations has been rarified. This has made the evil of racism omnipresent, omnipotent but still invisible. It is to the credit of White societies, that, this art is not only universalized but its social reproduction is also ensured.
The movie explores the relationship amongst high school students who are socially separated, are forced together and find that they had more in common than they initially thought. The symbolic interaction theory supports this result saying, “Education emerges depending on the character of social interaction between groups in schools [and] schools are sites where social interaction between groups influences changes for individual and group success” (Margaret L. Anderson, 2008). Before the movie begins there is a quote from musician David Bowie saying, “..and these children that you spit on as they try to change their worlds are immune to your consultations. They are quite aware of what they’re going through…” (Changes, 1972). The song expresses how people are aware of society’s views, so people try to change what society thinks of them and when they are trying to change they ultimately ignore what society thinks.
How did they choose who they would examine? 2) What did some who failed the medical exams and were to be sent back to their native countries do? Why do you think they were so desperate? 3) Do you feel that immigrants were treated fairly during their Ellis Island inspections? Explain Topic#2- Urban Immigrant Life Introduction: Written in 1906, Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle “provided a voice to the great masses of immigrants who came to America yearning to be free and comfortable and who found instead the wage slavery and misery of mill, factory, sweatshop, and slum.
Marylin Farwell offers a detailed response to the complicated genre of lesbian literature. Farwell recognizes the need to “’read against the grain’” in order to establish the encoded meanings and forms in lesbian writing that are not clearly placed across a fictional tale. It is with this type of reading perhaps that a lesbian narrative space is created by Cather in My Ántonia. Cather illustrates a story of Jim Burden and his relationship with Ántonia within a backdrop of events that can be appropriated as forming a lesbian narrative space. Cather’s characterisation, with effective use of binary oppositions, a male narrative voice and critique of conventional gender/norms and roles allows this lesbian narrative space to be drawn out from the main text.
The capitalist class acquired cheap labour and land through this government-sanctioned racial exploitation. The effects of past internal colonialism are reflected today in the number of Aboriginal people who live in extreme poverty on government reserves”(Murry, 2014, p.286). In 1876 The Canadian government passed the Indian Act, which gave the government almost all rights to Aboriginal peoples life. “The regulations under the act included prohibitions against owning and, voting, purchasing and consuming alcohol, and leaving reserves without permission and a ticket from the government’s agent” (Murry, 2014, p.292). Residential boarding schools were the only options for Aboriginal children and the conditions of these schools were terrible.
A Raisin in the Sun, a book suggests that the ideals of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” can become reality for anyone who is willing to work for what would be called the American Dream (Washington 114). For some, it does come true; for many, it does not. In this play, most of the family members want a new home in a white neighborhood; but racism is one of many reasons in which that block them from owing the house. When this play was written, African-Americans were the subject of prejudice and discrimination. In act II Scene 3, Karl Lindner appears; he is a white man who represents the Clybourne Park Improvement Association.
Compared to the relatively easy access of property at the beginning of his life, when Anthony Johnson died, his property was seized by the government because he was considered to be an outsider due to the color of his skin. Thus, as slavery proceeded further in time in the American political and economic system, racism followed. It was not the other way around. Therefore, since it is known that racism was not a direct link to slavery, it must be argued that the only logical cause of racism, then, was a globalization mentality that was held by colonists and the British. The fact that the Spanish, the main competitors of the British, were
First of all, I would like to give my opinion on the literary devices which was found in these 6 poems. One of the literary devices that can be found in most of these 6 poems is repetition. Repetition is the repeated used of words or phrases in a sentence or text to create a sense of patterns or to emphasize a particular idea. In the poem “School is Not So Cool” by Chantel Braatz, the phrases “School, school, school A school is not so cool” has repeated by the poet to show that the persona dislike the life in the school. Repetition also found in the “Two School” by Henry Van Dyke, the sentence “I put my heart to school” has repeated a few times in the poem to show the comparition between the school and home.