Issues of Women’s Liberation from the Oppression Found in Society and Marriages Sherry Heide ENG 125 Introduction to Literature Instructor: Louise Becker 09 January 2012 Issues of Women’s Liberation from the Oppression Found in Society and Marriages What is said of women suffrage is not always true today in America or other countries, what is the truth, is that it is based largely on the perception of the woman experiencing the suffering. Women throughout time have suffered from oppression in society and in their own marriages. Gender roles are not something we are but instead something we do. It is completely unnatural for women of today to be the money makers, everything to the children (taxi, disciplinarian, etc..),take out etc cook, housekeeper and so on yet still their husbands will is forced upon the entire family instead of taking his place with his wife as partners. Did the verse found in Genesis chapter 3 vs. 16 cause centuries of women's suffrage?
Marriage was one subject of writers of the period. A Doll’s House, by Henrik Ibsen, was a play about a woman who was treated childishly by her husband and father, and in the end she leaves her husband. It was so controversial, that the play had to be rewritten to include and ending where she stayed for the sake of her children. It is considered to be the first feminist play. Other writers helped society accept the role of women outside of the home.
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”.
In correcting this image, women are writing themselves and their stories. At the ferment of feminist literary criticism in the West, proponents like Kate Millet, Mary Shelley, Julia Kristeva and Elaine Showalter agitated for women’s work to be included in the literary canon this included women writers who wrote under male pseudonyms. Again, they criticised the acquisition of language in itself bringing out the biases which make it gear towards patriarchy more than being universal. Showalter also introduced the angle of Gynocriticism which she says is developing new models that are based on female experiences and not adapting male theories. The stereotypical images they talk of ranges from the women been represented in literature as a shrew, a cute-like angel, a nagging wife, a mother and other representations which continually aids the subordination of women in all spheres of life.
The Story of an Hour As the title puts it, “The Story of an Hour” is a story that happens in one hour. This story mostly revolves around one woman, Louise Mallard. The story begins on a very sad note especially in the eyes of a reader. Mrs. Mallard is said to have a “heart trouble” (Chopin 1), so her sister Josephine felt that great care had to be taken when delivering the sad news of her husband Brently Mallard’s death. Upon the delivery of the news, she starts sobbing and grieving then goes to her room to be by herself.
Emotional/Psychological Abuse – This is described as abnormal behaviour or moods. Talking a lot or very fast or being usually quiet. Appearing afraid or worried, being concerned that care and may not continue. Financial Abuse – This is described as shortage of money reluctance to pay for things, complaining about price increases, unusual interest or lack of interest in their personal finances. Institutional Abuse – This is describes as individuals not eating properly, not dressing properly, not participating, staying in their bedrooms, not getting the required attention and support, complaints from other service users or family.
Likewise, through her Untitled Film Stills series and her later Sex Pictures, Cindy Sherman has used the nature of confronting images to examine our culture and its clichés, cleverly depicting the impact of representation. Postmodernism is the late 20th century concept of art that represents a departure from modernism. It literally means ‘after modernism’ and is a reaction against the narrowness modernism had developed in to. A distinguishing characteristic of the postmodernist movement is its wit and parody, and in particular the appropriation and pastiche of past artworks. Julie Rrap has used this device to investigate the ways that the female identity has been portrayed in history.
The female characters in these stories offer a universal representation of women as being the weaker sex through marriage, and are characterized by having evil intentions for which she is justly´ punished for in the end. The setting for “The Necklace” and “The Story of an Hour” take place during the 1800s when men played the dominant role over women. In both stories the protagonists are each yearning for a better life and each struggle to find it in a slightly different way. During the 1800s the only expectation of women was to cook, keep house, bear and raise their children. During this period women were not even allowed to vote (Wan, 2009).
When having a dream, people fear of being trapped in a place where they couldn’t get out of it, they couldn’t manipulate the dream or be awaken, this is called “dream claustrophobia”. Being trapped in dark never ending hallway or from a box full of water and being trapped inside it is a big deal to be afraid of having this kind of dream. Oneirophobia is the fear of having dreams, good ones or bad ones any kinds of dreams. People who have this kind of phobic disorder are the ones who experienced bad lucid dreams in their past and never wanted it to happen again, making them fear having dreams. On the other hand somniphobia is the fear of sleep.
Feminism and Ibsen's A Doll's House Definition of Feminism Feminism is a collection of movements aimed at defining, establishing, and defending equal political, economic, and social rights for women. (1) In addition, feminism seeks to establish equal opportunities for women in education and employment. A feminist is a "person whose beliefs and behavior are based on feminism. "(2) Feminist literature As it is obvious from its name, feminist literature is concerned with the issues of feminism and it is attached to any literary work which is concerned with women and their quest of equality. It is only through such media that women believed a change was possible in the way they were perceived in society.