Discuss the presentation of the character of Celie and how she functions in the novel. How successful do you think Celie is a viewpoint to portray Walker’s view of male/female relationships in the novel? The novel deals with sexism struggle both in America and Africa, where male dominance is a norm. Walker uses Celie as an instrument to show male/female relationships of the 20th Century. In the novel, Celie starts of as an abused, submissive wife, but is transformed into a confident and independent black woman, which goes against the ‘traditional’ values of that time.
Isabelle Tan, HA09 (2nd draft) Men’s identity depended on how women were viewed. Explore the ways in Much Ado About Nothing and Othello in which men viewed women and how that affected their identity. The Elizabethan era was the period during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I from 1558-1603. During this time, anxiety about female sexuality was high. Manhood was then defined as the ability of a man to command his wife’s faithfulness.
Gender Roles and Actions A world with inequality is an unjust world with constricted individualism. This realism exists in the short story, “Boys and Girls” written by Alice Munro where the narrator is battling against society’s tough pressure of gender inequality. In the person vs. society theme of “Boys and Girls”, the names of the characters also play a symbolic role with their actions and also their role in society. Characters such as Laird, the Horses, Mack and Flora, the narrator’s grandma and her two parents all contribute to society’s unequal pressure by conforming to it and this trend continues once the narrator fights back. Men and Women both have their respective stereotypes.
compare and contrast the Female experience in The Handmaid’s tale, Brave New World and 1984. The female role in The Handmaid’s Tale, Brave New World and 1984 can in some ways be seen as very similar since the societies, which the three narratives create, are patriarchal and oppressive of women. The Handmaid’s Tale focuses on the oppression of women in a society which forces them into traditional domestic female roles whilst at the same time viewing them as mere sexual objects. Women in Brave New World are subjugated through their treatment as ‘Pneumatic’ possessions for men to enjoy. In 1984, women are repressed in an alternate way, where their sexual desires are forbidden to the extent that committing any sexual act is a punishable rebellion.
A reoccurring theme in the book, The Color Purple, by Alice Walker, is the theme of women being discriminated against and used by men. This theme presents itself several times in the book because the story is set in a sexist and racist society in which women were seen by men as only good for housework and sex. The protagonist of the story, Celie, starts off the book as a black girl who is taught to be compliant and to fear men, and throughout the story learns to become a woman she herself admires. The story is written in such a way that it is understandable but the exact setting of the book remains a mystery; however, the stereotypical sexist and racist society doesn’t. The book is written as letters to Celie’s God and are written in first person from her perspective.
I think Chaucer was trying to voice his opinion about feministic ways through a female speaker, hence Alisoun (the Wife), though contradicted his ideas in both the Prologue and Tale. In my opinion this lead to both feminist and anti-feminist thing about the text. Some essayist also address the anti-feminist views present in” The Canterbury Tales” and that maybe Chaucer’s use of the character Alisoun was meant to overthrow these views or possibly reinforce them (Trudeau). Chaucer begins the Prologue with Alisoun, the Wife of Bath, described as bawdy, lusty, strong-willed and one of the most fully developmentally discussed women in medieval literature (Trudeau). Viewed as an early precursor of feminist thought, some scholars argue that the majority of her Prologue can be seem as anti-feminist rhetoric (Trudeau).
Did the verse found in Genesis chapter 3 vs. 16 cause centuries of women's suffrage? The issue of women’s liberation from the oppression found in society and in marital relationships is the subject of literature that projects a feminist point of view. goodAlthough the culture and time of “The Story of an Hour” and “Country Lovers” are different, they share three thingscolon; rejection of societal expectations, rejection of gender or racial roles, and the limited abilities to search for fulfillment of self. Both stories are similar in that the women are basically victims of the place in which society expects them to be as far as marital and family roles. They are stories about the expectations that society has bestowed upon women and how many times those roles are simply not in tandem with what women want or need.
These gender roles once were the societal standards and expectations that a young man or woman aimed to live by. They could almost be described as characteristic guidelines that one could aim for; giving young people a sense of direction. (Eldridge, 2005) James’s three main characters Basil, Olive and Verena portray three separate identities of the feminist movement that became the unraveling of gender roles. Basil represents the role of men, Olive represents those women consumed by the feminist movement and Verena represents those women caught in the middle. (Habegger, 1969) What is missing in this portrayal is men post feminist movement and the effects it has had on them and women who wish to live by their feminine roots.
5. In the essay I Want a Wife, Judy uses Anaphora: She uses repetition of the words “I want a wife”. She uses this method to show the selfishness of the husbands and men who have wives do almost everything for them. The effect of this method is to make her ideas stronger and stand out. The author also uses irony to add a bit of humor, and also emphasize judgment on men’s idea of the gender roles.
There is the unnerving suggestion that violence is more willingly accepted by women in a marriage than one would like to believe. Another theme that arises during the play is sex role. During the time period of this play, women had minor roles. Although she is an educated woman who has worked as a teacher, Blanche is nonetheless constrained by the expectations of Southern society. She often depends of men to lean on and protect her.