Their Eyes Were Watching God Waterlily Analysis

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Professor Cotera, WS 253 July 23, 2009 Final Paper of Women Studies INTRODUCTION In this essay, the analysis of texts from the women’s studies course will be taken from Caballero, Their Eyes Were Watching God and Waterlily. Throughout this course there have been numerous readings that have a recurring theme about how others view women and their roles. This analysis will focus on issues of silence and marginalization concerning the women in each text. I will compare and contrast each text in relation to attempts made to stifle and suppress the women in these stories. There is a definite devaluing of women and their contribution to their families, community, and society. Each of these stories brings awareness to the reader, which in turn can fuel the inner workings for change to occur. This can be achieved by providing a need in women to be and feel confident in themselves, their abilities and contributions. CABALLERO Caballero has many examples of women at different positions within the family and how those positions and roles that are placed on them are designed to define them. These roles and positions can in essence trap them or free them. This text shows how women can make or break a man’s…show more content…
Waterlily offers a change of perspective on men dominating women in society. The tribal community respected the women and shared their responsibilities and leadership with them. An example of this is expressed in a conversation between Sacred Horse and Waterlily. Waterlily states, “I don’t know how to get these kettles over there. I thought you might think of some way” (Deloria 185). Sacred Horse goes on to water his horses and then brings a pole to carry the kettles. Waterlily grasps one end of the pole and he the other. They end up sharing the burden of carrying the kettles to the mother across the circle. This is so different from western

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