Steinbeck is addressing the struggle for female existence during this period by leaving Curly's wife as the solitary female of the book, unneeded, and unwanted by the other characters. During this essay I will explore the significance of how Steinbeck presents Curly's wife through the connotations of her name, how she is first shown, her parallels with other characters and finally how she is presented when she has died . 'Curly's wife', just a name yet a symbol of how women were then regarded by their husbands, as a possession, a belonging owned only by men. When Curley's wife married him she became 'his', everything she owned became his, Steinbeck could be emphasising this authority and power by having Curly even take her name, so she no longer has her own name but now everyone associates Curley with her, she is no longer her own person. The use of a possessive apostrophe emphasises the point even further that she belongs to him and he controls her, although she can try to push the boundaries of society's rules and expectations, he will always be there to stop her as she is dominated by him.
In this novel, Julia Alvarez manages to capture and express the true feelings of women which deconstructs the stereotypes through Yo. Feminism is defined as “a political movement that works to achieve equal rights for women and men” (Hirsch 113). For the past ages, women were seen in the society as inferior to men and were greatly excluded from education and the right to property ownership. A British feminist named Mary Wollstonecraft argues, “educational restrictions keep women in a state of ignorance and slavish dependence” (Blake 117). The shattering of classifications and stereotypes, and the subversion of traditional gender roles, and the concept of sisterhood or unity among women are among the main tenets of feminist criticism.
The struggle is being penetrably described in the play in a woman point of view. If fact, the playwright choose the 1900's period on purpose. That period had been well characterized by the opposition position between men and women. In that period, the women had been classified at the lowest class and where lacked of influence. Whereas oppositely, men where aggressive and did not compromise with their women.
The poem, which explores the Woman Question (as it was referred to by contemporaries) dramatizes the modern woman's severe need for mothers--for nurturing political and literary female ancestors. In examining the growth and development of a woman poet, Aurora Leigh shows that women have crippled themselves by internalizing partiarchal or androcentric conceptions of themselves. When Aurora first rejects her arrogant beloved, she is not freed of the interiorized male constructions of women--she simply displaces Romney from the center of power, speaking of herself with images of male power in an attempt to feminize him. Only when both characters can break free from the conceptual structures opressing them, can she fully become the woman, wife, and poet that
The feminist analysis of Roman Fever This paper takes the short story "Roman fever" as an example for the text analysis, discussing the two protagonist from a feminist point of view. Through subtle descriptions by Wharton, the story shaped the irrational female image due to jealousy in women relationships and revealed women's love life under the influence of patriarchal ideology in the western society. Moreover, this paper criticizes the hypocrisy of the upper class and calls for women's self-awakening. Key words: Edith Wharton, roman fever, feminist criticism, patriarchal consciousness, self-awakening. 1.
The speaker presents examples of the roles of women in order to set a standard of comparison between the three generations and to show the differences in expectations of women within them. This poem confirms that women fall under stereotypes, depending on when they were born. Though these expectations of being a woman remain relatively the same through time, Mirikitani’s writing illustrates how each generation undergoes changes, and how the drive for rebelling against society grows within each later generation. The speaker in “Breaking Tradition” uses the metaphor of “separate rooms” to demonstrate that each generation is inevitably different from the previous one and that the desire to be free of societal norms and expectations increases within every one. From the beginning of the poem, there is an obvious separation of generations, hence the “separate rooms”.
Maya Angelou’s book ‘I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings’ also deals with the problems of being female. How each woman deals with the stigma of being female is a deeply personal journey. Atwood’s Offred and Churchill’s Marline each have their own individual ways of coping. Maya Angelou has to deal with not only the fact that she’s female and the problems that causes but also the stigma of being black in a radically racist community. Because all three characters want to fit into their communities they are forced to hid their true identities and become either what society needs them to be, in Offred’s case ‘QUOTE’ And in Marlines case she’s changed because society demands that she has to be tough, rough and ruthless to reach the top.
History 201 Professor Studebaker “Her-Story of Women’s Suffrage” Makyla Pittman Imagine living a life filled with all forms of discrimination where you have no voice in the government under which you live and in the equality of social life where you are a chief factor. It is a difficult scenario to visualize and before the 19th century that was the reality of a women’s position in this world. With limited access, a young wife and mother was expected to manage a household, train her children, keep her friends and sustain the affections of her husband. In a world filled with patriarchal constraints women were forced to fall back on their instinctive resources of common sense, wisdom, diplomacy and knowledge of human nature. Education, employment, and politics are all barriers where women were held back from the full development of their faculties.
The Discrimination against Women Identities Throughout history, female were considered lesser beings and nothing more than the property of their husband. In the short story, Blank Spaces by Joanna Cockerline, the acknowledgment of female being inferior creatures in comparison to men is highlighted. Struggle against misfortunes, Elizabeth is oppressed by the social inequality due to the fact that she is a girl. In Blank Spaces, the social inequality implied by the narrative severely impacts Elizabeth’s career hierarchy, character traits, and life experiences. Like many feminist writer, Cockerline focuses her emphasis on how social norm discriminate women by inhibit their job opportunities.
The negative impact of not having women educated with men is illuminated when she describes women from a man’s viewpoint. She manipulates the powerful part of society by speaking in a language that they would understand. She shows women as objects and talks about how the problems that men are facing all trace back to women. Wollstonecraft says, “…I have been as much disgusted by the fine lady who took her lap-dog to her bosom instead of her child…for had they sense, they might acquire that domestic