The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald’s portrayal of the female characters in The Great Gatsby reveals an underlying hatred for women. With reference to appropriately selected parts of the novel, and relevant external contextual information on Fitzgerald’s own experience of, and attitude to women, give your response to the above view. It was in the 1920’s when women become more independent, delegated, and responsible for more things in the world than just keeping the house tidy, as was the mentality back in those days. The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is a true literary masterpiece based on the tragic life of Jay Gatsby through the eyes of his acquaintance, Nick Carraway. Fitzgerald openly shows his opinion that women generally have low moral qualities, and demonstrates this by the actions and speech illustrated by the three main female characters in the novel; Daisy Buchanan, Jordan Baker, and Myrtle Wilson.
The word ‘coarsened’ implies that the women’s relationship with birth and life is tainted by munitions work and its association with death. It also maybe suggests about the ‘coarsening’ effect, both physical and moral that manual labour has on the finer features of women. In the poem, Gabrielle might be trying to suggest that war changed the role of women and portrayed them in a negative light too. Women are meant to bring new life, but instead these women were making weapons of destruction. In the poem ‘The Jingo woman, I think Hamilton was trying to reveal that British women were not a race at peace, but a race at war, along with the rest of British
She explains how slaves suffered when being denied basic human rights and legal protection, how female slaves suffered from sexual harassment and the feeling of responsibility towards her family, particularly her children. She points out, with her personal experiences, that the psychological abuses of slavery were more devastating than its physical abuses. Jacobs was not a slave of always being beat and doing hard labor, but she was a slave that was denied of her basic human rights. Black slave women’s rights were non-existent. They could not have a legal marriage, they were frequently forced to sleep with the masters they despise, and their families were torn apart, with their children sold to a place far away from them.
Grace Marks, in Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace, is a young woman accused of murdering her master and his mistress, and is based on a true case. Grace Marks is a complex woman, as most of her personal traits are distorted because they are recorded by unreliable sources. These sources are mainly found in the media, such as newspapers, that tend to include inaccurate information rather than facts. Although the novel seems to be about the question of whether or not Grace Marks was guilty or innocent, it is truly about the Victorian notions of femininity. Women were seen as mortal, yet at the same time they were seducers and manipulators.
As Linda grows older she experiances this first hand with her master attempting to suduce her and also threatening her. Masters used either threats to scare slave women into submitting or favorable treatment to entice slave women into submitting to sexually acts. Along with the worrie of having to sexually satisfy her master, Linda has to fear her mistress. The Mistress of the house can become very jealous of her husbands lust for slave women. She most often takes that anger out on the female slaves in the household.
In The Bloody Chamber Angela Carter reverses gothic traditions so that the males become the victims instead of the females. Consider at least two of the stories in the bloody chamber in the light of this view. The gender constructs of passive, young, virginal woman who are victimised by dominant, strong and wealthy males is a common trait throughout gothic tales including many of Angela Carters short stories from “The Bloody Chamber”. However, Carter received the criticism of “[extracting] latent content, conjuring up a new exotic hybrid” in which she challenges the typical stereotypes of gothic conventions, influenced by her feminist nature. These caused the post modern versions of her stories to adopt dualisms of combining sexual desires with naivety and give alternative interpretations that perhaps the male characters suffered victimisation instead.
Among the hardships female slaves faced are the constant possibility of rape, psychological harassment in the form of masters threatening to sell the women’s children, and jealous mistresses severely punishing female slaves. In Jacobs’s case, these burdens all stemmed from her master, Dr. Flint’s desire to establish dominance over her. Despite all these burdens, Jacobs does her best to avoid Dr. Flint’s desires and blatant sexual advances. Jacobs would do her best to avoid her master. For example, when Dr. Flint requested Jacobs sleep in his quarters to look after his then four year old daughter, Jacobs would manage her time and “.
Response Paper #1 September 23, 2010 Female Sexuality Sexuality is often a word that when heard people often feel uncomfortable talking about, or believe it should just be kept to yourself. However, female sexuality has been a huge theme in history, women have battled discrimination, sexual tourcher, been labeled with derogatory names and have been seen as objects rather then people. In the novel Dracula, female sexuality is a major reoccurring theme. Taking place in Victorian England women were given two options set by societies firm expectations, she was either an innocent virgin or a marred mother, anyone who didn’t follow these guidelines was labeled a whore. In the novel we are presented with very different examples of female sexual expression and are brought with the idea of the “new woman”.
A door that once kept her shut-off from the outside world, not shuts out society’s view of women and their place in the world. “Iv got out at last...in spite of you!” (70). The narrator of 'The Yellow Wallpaper' has been driven into psychological madness through the imprisonment of male dominance. Gilman's use of symbolism to portray patriarchal dominance, through locked doors and bared windows, has been an effective way to communicate the suffering and trapped feeling of women during the 19th century. While many women would be to afraid to question their role in society and in marriage, Gilman has created a strong female protagonist who overcomes her husbands authoritative
“The Yellow Wallpaper” “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a story that explores the advancing depression and psychosis of a woman during a time in which women had few rights and were given little respect. The overall theme of this piece is to explore the gender roles of women during the nineteenth century. The Victorian era was one of extreme restrictions on the economic status as well as the individuality and sexuality of women. Perhaps the most important aspect of this story is the author’s use of symbolism to allow the reader to draw their own conclusions about the dynamic of the main character’s relationship with her husband, as well as her mental state. One aspect of the story that is striking relates to the fact that the entire piece is