Brooks made a strong political statement about abortion in this poem that could easily be interpreted as pro-life. Though her subject goes back and forth between both good and bad feelings about her aborted children and what could have been, the overall tone of this writing is dark, guilt-ridden and depressing. This poem thought-provokingly addresses a prominent issue for many women at this juncture in the history of America that remains a prominent issue for women even today. “The Mother” was written in 1945, shortly after the Great Depression had ended. Due to the extensive financial hardship that came with that time, many women chose to have abortions for fear that they could not afford to properly care for a new baby.
This is a very good thing. Because of her stories of her encounters of everyday life, we know three things: the Holocaust was real, the Jews were being persecuted, and that it was very hard on everyone that lived in Holland. Anne’s death was very sad, especially because in her diary, she talked about what she would do after the war was over, and all the things she wanted to do when she grew up. If she survived, I think she would have made less of an impact. Holocaust survivors are very rare these days, but Anne still remains, because of her published diary.
(Poetry Dispatch)To me biggest similarity between Sexton & Plath was both writers seemed obsessed with death not only in their poetry but also in their personal lives. Although both women were Pulitzer Prize winners, their battle with depression and breakdowns ultimately lead both women to committee suicide. Plath's "Ariel" and Sexton's "The Starry Night" both celebrate suicide (Sylvia Plath forum/Poetry Foundation). After Plath's death, Sexton started to incorporate Plath's themes and Nazi imagery into her own work. Despite communicating only sporadically between 1959 and Plath's suicide, both women were definitively influenced by their brief friendship, showing in their respective works.
For women, equality was not something easily achieved. Through long years, feminine activists have suffered devastating setbacks, and accomplished significant milestones as well. Monumental efforts to actualize such milestones were made by writer and activist Betty Friedan. Most prominent during the Second Wave of the feminist movement, during the 1960s and lasting through the 1980s, she is accredited with inspiring women across the country and writing one of the most powerful books of the twentieth century (“Betty”). Betty Friedan is the most influential female writer prior to 1980 due to the social changes brought about through her writing, most significantly The Feminine Mystique, and political activism for women’s fulfillment and civil rights.
The Stanford Encyclopaedia of Philosophy defines feminism as being ‘both an intellectual commitment and a political movement that seeks justice for women and the end of sexism in all forms’. The feminist movement has been an ongoing process for the last two centuries and has been debated by many. Some argue that women have already achieved equality, which is highly true ‘on paper’ in terms of politics, laws and the workplace. However it could also be argued that the genders are not culturally and socially equal. This is particularly evident in some Media portrayal of females and through social dynamics within daily life.
Kate Chopin’s short story, “The Story of an Hour” portrays how human’s deal with one of the inevitabilities of life: death. Through the characters, Chopin portrays the different approaches to dealing with grief caused by the death of a loved one. The story revolves around the ailing Mrs. Louise Mallard and the way she deals with the news of the husband’s death. Even though Mrs. Mallard seems like a round character, overall, it seems that the writer portrays Mrs. Mallard as a dynamic character. Through the struggles of this character, the reader experiences the different stages of grieving and the ultimate cost of heartbreak.
Three decades later, The Awakening became a classic of the American literature and the important context of feminist criticism because of its opinion in the ways that women are treated, the traditionally feminist concerns, the aspiration for love, artistry, etc. In The Awakening, Chopin adopts the point of view of the narrator about the thinking, actions, emotion and feeling of the main character and some minor characters. The reader can see the internal conflict of Edna between being the mother-woman and being an artist, between her family responsibility and her passion with Robert. “Chopin interjects her own voice into the narrative to tell the reader that Edna discovering her “relations as an individual to the world within and about her”” (Green). She shows what happening inside Edna’s thinking,
Their methods consisted of law breaking, chaining themselves to railings and hunger strikes. In addition, the social advancements women had previously made before the war broke out such as marriage, employment and education before the war also have to be considered to make a final judgement. Therefore, to find out why women were actually given the vote it is necessary to discuss the positives as well as the negatives of each factor. WW1 is considered to be the main reason women got the vote. It is said that women’s contribution during World War 1 was vital and they would not have got the vote before 1918 without this factor.
Because of this, he had a vast respect for the women figure. In his poems and short stories, it is believed to be that he is taking his revenge out on the men in his life that did not exist. The women in his life, however, seem to play a significant role as if they were a goddess to him. He uses the people that he lost or that might not have been there at all as characters in disguise within each piece of literature that he wrote. Setting was always a main element in Poe’s writing that he seemed to establish well.
It dealt with the way human personality seemed to change, as Virginia Woolf once stated in 1910, and it embraced disruption and rejection to move beyond the simplistic. Gender issues have always been a topic in society as well as in literature, so naturally gender became a major focus of the modernist movement. Women, their intelligence and their judgment had