Explore how the writer presents the horrors of war in ‘Not So Quiet’ The book ‘Not So Quiet…: Stepdaughters of War’ was written by Evadne Price under the pseudonym of Helen Zenna Smith. Evadne was originally approached to write a parody of All Quiet on The Western Front, Remarque’s iconic novel, she instead decided to write a war-story from the point of view of a serious woman war-worker. In this essay I will be looking at how the writer presents the horrors of war. The book is written in first person narrative, it is almost a stream of consciousness and this makes the readers feel as if they are experiencing everything with the protagonist, Helen. It opens with a harsh and unflinching description of Helen’s life as an ambulance driver in France.
Hills Like White Elephants In Ernest Hemingway's "Hills Like White Elephants”, the story illustrates a young woman named Jig and an American man challenged with the decision of abortion. Throughout the sequence of the story it is apparent that the man is persuading Jig to undergo the procedure. The apprehensive discussion the two are having suggests that they are avoiding the underlying issue at hand. In addition, the setting of the story establishes the stigma involved with the procedure, as Jig left her town and traveled to Spain. Hemingway’s use of symbolism in the dialogue and setting helps reveal the difficult matter through suggestion without the actual term abortion being mentioned.
Women learned the ways of men (doing business and taking care of finances) while the men were away at war. Because of this they desired more equal marriages and wanted a say in decisions. They also wanted to marry for love instead of economics. Men finally began teaching women in schools which eventually led to women teaching other women. Abigail Adams reminded her husband to not forget the women in the constitution which is significant because it was the beginning of women’s rights.
By tearing it down, the narrator emerges from the wallpaper and asserts her own identity, albeit a somewhat confused, insane one. Though she must crawl around the room, as the woman in the wallpaper crawls around, this "creeping" is the first stage in a feminist uprising. From the beginning of the story, the narrator’s creativity is set in conflict with John’s rationality. As a writer, the narrator thrives in her use of her imagination, and her creativity is an inherent part of her nature. John does not recognize his wife’s fundamental creativity and believes that he can force out her imaginative fancies and replace them with his own solid
Throughout the novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin we get a glance at life before our time. Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, believed that women played special roles in society as mothers, wives, and especially as Christian influences on the men and children surrounding them. In her view, as portrayed in the novel, feminine morality and maternal sentiment are crucial in the abolitionist cause. The women in Uncle Tom’s Cabin are very powerful, whether they are changing their own lives, or the lives of those around them. The morality of women, and the sympathy of mothers for other mothers, such as slave mothers, is essential to Stowe’s anti-slavery approach.
Hills Like White Elephants A Feminist Perspective By Liane Dinapoli COMP & LIT 2 Ernest Hemingway's short story "Hills Like White Elephants" is set in Spain sometime in the early 1900’s. The story revolves around social issues for men and women at the time. Even though they do not openly discuss it, Hemmingway gives the impression of a couple arguing over what to do about a pregnancy. Their problems, which are never openly acknowledged by Hemmingway, only imply that they are talking about abortion. Because of society’s opinions during this time, the right of women to make such decisions had to conform to what society viewed as a whole.
Atwood presents the female characters as being both oppressed and dehumanised through how their freedom being stripped from them. An example of this is how they are no longer allowed to smoke cigarettes due to the potential harm it can cause their pregnancy. Woman are protected in Gilead however this also means that they must submit to the state-sanctioned rape by their specific commanders. In chapter five Aunt Lydia states that “There is more than one kind of freedom… Freedom to and freedom from.” The freedom to that she is referring to is the ability to make a decision, an example of this is evident through how Offred is given a chance to escape by the doctor, however she immediately questions herself by thinking “why am I frightened?” This implies that she is so accustomed to being oppressed she is almost scared to take the chance of freedom that is being handed to her. This portrays a sense of dehumanisation in terms of female characters as freedom is regarded as a basic human right.
“I think she’ll sooner prove a soldier / As had she studied to misuse me so” (II,I,145-155). Lastly, we see Kate’s negative behaviour shown through her loneliness and her desire for a relationship that she torments her sister Bianca and plots revenge against her. This is shown when Kate and Bianca are fighting and Kate says “Her silence flounts me and I’ll be revenged” (II,ii,29), and continues with “What / Til I can find an occasion of revenge” (II,ii,31). Therefore,
For example, turning down Mr. Collins may demonstrateher as a no-brainer woman among the society at that time. But by rejecting him, this suggests that Elizabeth places her own judgment over social pressures to comfort. In spite of the fact that she has been forced to get married with Mr. Collins by her mother, she persists to her strong position of rejecting his proposal. Plus, although Lady Catherine tries to strong-arm her into rejecting any proposal from Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth gets angry and asks her to get away. Hence, it can be noticed how Austen stresses on the empowerment of women through Elizabeth’s
Also I thought that the Suffragists played a vital role in getting the rights for women to vote because they proved to the men that they could protest and campaign without using violence or breaking the law, unlike the Suffragettes, who resorted to violence when they wanted their way or when they wanted to be heard. Before World War 1 there, were two groups of women that campaigned for votes for women and they were known as the Suffragists and the suffragettes. They called themselves the Suffragists because they were trying to mock the word Suffrage which means the right to vote. Then there were the Suffragists they were so different from the Suffragists yet they were so similar. Both groups of women were campaigning and fighting for the same thing, but the way they achieved the vote was very different.