Zhongzi, Please & The Beginning of the Song that Diverts the Heart Pattern 1: Block Form Introduction Early Chinese and Egyptian ideologies expose the difficulties of love within their prose. Each contain a passionate plot that weaves the issues feminine chastity. During the course of ancient times, the suitable activities for premarital sexual conduct with men where set by the title role of women. As seen in the Chinese poem “Zhongzi, Please,” readers can pinpoint the conservativeness of the female role. Furthermore, this role can be understood as fearful of the criticism that society (during that time period) has when a woman is seen with a man.
In the same way, literature has affected the thoughts and actions of people throughout history. Throughout the Victorian Era, authors played off of their large female audience by creating strong female protagonists to which their readers could relate or learn from. Throughout the novel Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte challenges her readers views’ on the role a woman should play in society during this era by manipulating the tone and diction given to Jane Eyre through Gothic and Romantic elements. From the beginning of Bronte’s novel, the reader is exposed to the issue of gender limitations regarding social status during the 19th century. Jane Eyre is depicted as a child, yet is capable of illustrating her surroundings and memories in such a sophisticated manner.
EMPOWERMENT V.S. OPPRESSION There are many different types of marriages that men and women can take part in which may have according gender roles which can lead to women having either agency or oppression. In Marji Satrapi’s graphic novel Embroideries, she contrasts the traditional and modern view of marriage via a conversation of women from different ages-each seeing marriage as a way to gain agency or a way to contribute to the oppression of Iranian women. In Juliet Williams’ Unholy Matrimony? She depicts a very analytical view of an Iranian custom of temporary marriage, sigheh and the ways in which it can empower women or oppress women, depending on the type of marriage and the time it takes place.
Despite being written during patriarchal Jacobean society, the protagonist is a female, which is was highly unusual in those days. Of course this protagonist is Lady Macbeth. Throughout the play, through Lady Macbeth's actions we are forced to believe that she is evil. In contrast, the novel John Steinbeck tells a story of dreams, hopes and loneliness. We are introduced to a majorly significant and complex character, named Curley’s wife.
1. “Both ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ and ‘The Bloody Chamber’ deal with the perennial feminist theme of the confinement of women in particular rooms, chambers, houses and roles”. Discuss. This is essay attempt to discuss the role of the women in literature, both about the protagonists and the authors of the stories. As an example two influential short stories will be discussed in depth in order to shed light into the lives of the two authors and their stories.
Kate Chopin’s, “The Story of an Hour” focuses on the roles, stereotypes, and an increase in literature? of married women in the nineteenth century. Living in a male dominated society, women struggled to publish work as it imposed on their domesticate partnership as well as intimidated men. In that event, women began to make generalizations of different issues such as the restraints of marriage through fictional novels. Karcher states, “[Women] writers have persistently shied away from the realistic depiction of society, choosing instead to work in the mode of what Hawthorne called the romance—a mode best suited to probing the individual psyche” (Karcher 1994 (pg#)).
Discuss the presentation of society and its influence on Emma Woodhouse and Sebastian Flyte In this essay I will discuss how the authors show the different effects society can have through their characterisation of Sebastian Flyte and Emma Woodhouse. In “Emma”, a novel by Jane Austen about a young woman obsessed with making matches between others, but failing to recognise her own feelings, leading to many disastrous consequences, being brought up in a high society has a profound effect on Emma prompting her to think of herself as being far more “superior” than everyone. Conversely in “Brideshead Revisited”, a novel by Evelyn Waugh relating how a WWII soldier looks back on his acquaintance with the Flyte family, and especially his intimacy with the eccentric Sebastian Flyte and his sister, Julia, the society Sebastian has been brought up in makes it very difficult for him to make the transition into adulthood from youth. An example of where society can have a bad influence on a person, is where Emma, having been allowed too much her own way all her life, I allowed to influence Harriet’s life too much. At the beginning of the novel Jane Austen states that “the real evils indeed of Emma’s situation were the power of having rather too much her own way”, which is cleverly disguised as an ordinary introduction, but its importance can’t be recognised until a second read of the novel, where it can be seen how the word “evils” could apply to Emma.
Feminist Criticism on “The Awakening” Kate Chopin wrote “The Awakening”, to show people of the nineteenth century society and the future generations, how hard women struggled to overcome their conflicting emotions and the oppression of society’s tradition to become more than just personal property for men to control. Feminist criticism portrays women in literature as the most important forms of ‘socialization’. All throughout “The Awakening”, Kate Chopin shows examples of how women should and should not act in society, in their homes, and with their husbands. In Edna Pontellier’s adopted society, women are viewed more valuable when they conform into the mother-woman role. The mother-woman role is another form of men control, because it dictates how women should idolize their children, worship their husbands, and honor their isolated but inferior positions.
Jane Austen is a renowned writer who portrays her personal life through the actions and spoken words of her novels. Many of the hardships that she had to undergo became the basis for her novels, including Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. The experiences that she had throughout her life became ideas for stories of young women desperately trying to break free of the social classes. Her novels normally revolve around a young couple deeply in love but torn apart by society and its views on wealth and fortune. In comparing the novel Pride and Prejudice (p&p) with film Sense and Sensibility (s&s), one is able to discern the obvious commonalities while search for the differences.
How Thomas Hardy portrays Victorian English woman in his stories ----- In this essay, I will try and answer this question in some detail. To do this, I will be using two of Thomas Hardy's stories, 'The Withered Arm' and 'Jude the Obscure' as both of them have two main female roles, who go through a lot of complications, which help develop the characters throughout the story. Both 'The Withered Arm' and 'Jude the Obscure' contains pairs of characters and through the conflict constructed between these women, Hardy gives insight into Victorian England for the reader. Jude the Obscure Jude the Obscure is often thought of as Thomas Hardy's best work, not only for the amazing structure of the plot, where small and seemingly unimportant details lead to the character's ruin, but in the themes that range from how human loneliness and sensuality can stop a person from trying to fulfill their dreams, to how, when free from the bind of marriage, one's dreams will not be fulfilled if one is of a lower status. The two main characters in Jude the Obscure are 'Arabella Donn' and ' Susanna Florence Mary Bridehead' (Sue), there are quite a few differences between the two woman.