A detailed physical description of Justine is never provided, but her personality is captured when Elizabeth writes how she can change Victor’s despondency into joy from a simple glance. “Justine, you may remember, was a great favorite of yours;and I recollect you once remarked that if you were in an ill humor, one glance from Justine could dissipate it.” (49) Justine was rejected by her mother and taken into the Frankenstein household by the loving Caroline. Justine is rescued from a bad family environment and brought into the home of people who love her. After five years of happiness living with the Frankensteins, Justine returns to her now repentant mother, which is the first occurrence of her role as the object of undeserved blame. “She sometimes begged Justine to forgive her unkindness but much oftener accused her of having caused the deaths of her brothers and sister.”(50) Madame Moritz alternately asks forgiveness yet still dispenses blame upon Justine, accusing her of being responsible for the deaths of her brothers and sister.
Immortal Strength Within a Mortal Body A woman’s reputation influences a man’s judgment. In Victorian society, women were constricted to very narrow gender roles. Essentially there are two paths, she can either be pure and virginal (or a mother/wife) otherwise she was regarded as a whore, and expendable in any circumstance. This model is represented through two of Dracula’s main characters, Mina and Lucy. Both of these women are mysteriously feminine, pure, naïve and almost dependant on their husbands, but each with one exception.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath and Top Girls By Caryl Churchill both feature motherhood and marriage as one of their main themes even though the texts were set at different points in time. The Bell Jar was published in 1963 around the time of the publication of Betty Freidan’s Feminine Mystique. The Feminine Mystique stated that the ideal housewives of the 1960’s were a myth as each one of them were secretly unhappy but never spoke out about their unhappiness due to fear of not abiding by the social normality of the time. This feeling of displacement in the social norm is what Plath bases the experiences of protagonist Esther upon and what eventually drives Esther into mental instability. Motherhood and marriage is seen to be a key factor in the society of which The Bell Jar is set ,and is portrayed as one of the things that supresses female identity when Esther is asked to be “Mrs Buddy Willard” as if she is owned by Buddy and not her own person.
'Curley's wife is a very complex character because she is presented in different personalities at different chapters and in this chapter we see that she desires freedom and fame. Steinbeck presents her in such way that or opinion of her changes through out the novel, first we see her as a flirt then we see her presented in a horrible racist personality and now Steinbeck presents her as Innocent. Steinbeck did this because at this chapter where she dies it's like he wants us to feel sympathy for her because not that she is dead her problems are gone and there is not need for attentions because now she looks relaxed laying down on the hay. The language used in this chapter is very descriptive especially the part when Curley's wife dies, this might be because at the time
The narrator says "There comes John, and I must put this away,- he hates to have me write a word (79). She says she cries for nothing most of the time but not when "John is here, or anybody else, but when [she] is alone" (82). John's dominance clearly affects the narrator as she immediately stops writing and puts her journal away. Her action of putting the journal away shows that the narrator abides to John's rules and that John's attitude reflects on the narrator's ability to do things as she wants emphasizing on his dominant trait.The statement refering to her cries shows how she can only express herself when she is free of company. The narrator feels she can only cry and be herself when she is absolutely alone
Emma Baird Dr. Meredith McCarroll English 232 25 September 2010 The Death of Edna Pontellier: A Rebellious Defeat Even from its first publication, Kate Chopin’s novel The Awakening has caused controversy. While today The Awakening is praised for its feminist undertones, the piece was first criticized for its lack of representation of American values. Instead of depicting a main character that embodied the Victorian ideal of a woman fulfilling the role as an “Angel in the House” which was the norm for American women during this particular historical period, Edna was a rebellious wife and an adulteress, whose desires and yearning for independence lead her to make many radical decisions throughout the course of the novel¾ from inwardly
In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the women are intelligent, but submissive—often victims—powerless to protect themselves and "second class citizens." The only exception may be Caroline Frankenstein who dies before the monster is created. Caroline is Victor's mother. She alone shows the ability to stand up to the world. Victor recounts... Caroline Beaufort possessed a mind of an uncommon mould; and her courage rose to support her in her adversity.
Clearly this misogynistic attitude angered the feminist Duffy leading her to write poems from the perspective of women who she believes were not given a voice in history, myth, fairytales and popular culture. By doing so she constitutes bathos around male figures we once thought admirable and empowers women; consequently leading the reader to question patriarchal ideologies. The poem “Pope Joan” is in the first person narrative of the only female pope ;Pope Joan who supposedly reigned, under the title of John VIII, for slightly more than 25 months, from 855 to 858. In the poem “Pope Joan” Duffy not only questions the rituals of the Catholic Church but also questions patriarchal ideologies as she conjects that women have the advantage over men as they hold the key to life through child birth. Duffy uses High register language and lexicology from the religious semantic field in order to show the portentous nature of men.
A patriarchy is defined as a system of society or government in which men hold the power and women are largely excluded from it. Such systems currently exist in several forms and areas around the world; however, the most common place for these patriarchies is in our literature. Men are distorted by patriarchy both in being socially labeled as aggressive but, also shamed as they look into the mirror and see themselves. Shakespeare uses polarizing examples of feminism in Hamlet. He depicts women as completely sexual creatures and also devalues women in the eyes of men.
If she were a "kind" child, by the eyes of Mrs. Reed, she would never go to Lockwood school; she were able to grow up in terms of knowledge in the school, because she had the need of being liked by others and was strong enough to improve herself in many ways; she, by herself, took a chance when announcing to be a governess. Charlotte Brontë Persuasion (Jane Austen) Anne Elliot is the oldest female heroine and one of the most solid characters in Jane Austen's novels. She is level-headed in difficult situations and constant in her affections. Such qualities make her the desirable sister to marry: she is always the first choice (for Mr. Musgrove, Mr. Elliot and Mr. Wentworth). Jane Austen Comparing both novels Women Both characters are strong, vivid, self-confident and, in some way, a rupture to the normal behavior on that time.