After Aunt Tam fought and “resisted with every bone” (186) in her body, she runs away, symbolizing the rise of women. The resistance given by Aunt Tam shows the strength within women and the lack of credit given to the gender. Aunt Tam, showing her resistance, proves the ignorance Vietnam has towards feminism. The Vietnam government tried to “…mask their own terror” (25) in order to cover up their tracks. A few methods to stop oppositions of feminism, as seen in the novel, were to silence them.
The Prologue In the poem The Prologue by Anne Bradstreet is telling us how life was being a woman in a Puritan society. In her time she has realized that in a puritan society women did not think of speaking their minds and to share their strong opinions. In the poem she uses her role as a woman who was in the society. She expresses her feeling and opinions about the society by showing humor and honesty. The whole poems started during the time woman were tending to stay quite.
Myjia S. Stevenson-Oliver English 2110/42 Dr. Eva Thompson November 15, 2011 Inequality being a Conflict among Women "Few people are ready to face death for a principle." This was stated in the Contemporary Literary Criticism by Nawal El Saadawi. The statement holds true for her work, Women at Point Zero. The purpose of the reading is to bring awareness of the oppression of women as shown in the novel. We must first understand the difference in culture and society.
During the novel, sexism takes place in several different situations, such as “the help” only being woman. “The help” is affected by both sexism and racism. In today’s society, I think that sexism is still the same as how it is portrayed in the book. I think that society still looks down upon women and the jobs they are capable of. In the novel it is rare for woman to be responsible for making the main income.
She is introduced as a temptress or “looker” but later reveals a deeper character in the novel. Curley’s wife is powerless due to her gender. In the book, women are portrayed as troublemakers and Curley’s wife is defiantly included in this portrayal. She is described as a “tart”, “bitch”, and a “tramp”. The workers speak of her, basically, as Curley’s problem that needs to stay at home away from the other workers.
Although, there were only few movements for the rights,freedom and liberty of black people, who were opperessed on the name of race,sexulity and color. Racially, women were sexually abused and opperessed by patriarchical society and stereotypical norms, which is mentioned in the character of celie. And the next element of second wave feminist movement is the language power, the voice of women against the oppression, and to seek the freedom, and all basic rights of living which was being snatched by them from the men and the society. In the novel, celie was very silent at the first, but when she retain her self-confidence with the help of shug, she speaks out for her. Thirdly, seconf wave feminisim enhance the education for women.
While this woman depicted in the wallpaper is in the light, the view of society, she doesn’t move or rebel; equally, when the woman is in the dark, alone, she resents society and the “bars” it places in front of her. In this case, the “bars” are in the form of the stereotype and role society determined for woman; furthermore, society prearranged that every woman was to be the homemaker: cook, clean, raise children, and care for the man of the household. Other
Women have involuntarily accepted themselves as the weaker sex, and conform to what is expected from society of them rather than what they desire from themselves. The society in ‘Chronicle’ has normalized a bigoted attitude which leads the women to innately accept the values of the society as their own and they go by them which is seen through Pura Vicario ‘devoted herself with such spirit of sacrifice to the care of her husband and the rearing of her children that at times one forgot she still existed’. This also explains why Angela’s friends helped her to hide the loss of her purity: it was society’s and the religion’s belief that women had to remain pure until. Thus, Angela’s action was shameful and therefore had to be hidden. On the other hand, men are expected to display machismo.
Women of a certain era were expected to perform a number of societal tasks, not the least of which was to marry and become a decent housewife, ever present in the home, living only to serve her husband. The women who did not marry, who lived alone and remained unmarried and therefore depressed were seen as outcasts. In “Our Friend Judith”, the protagonist is in many ways viewed as the latter, a poorly dressed abnormality that relies on her uncle for support, living in a rather unfortunate apartment by herself. The contradiction, however, is that Judith, unlike her stereotypical spinster counterparts, chooses to remain in this condition. She is an intellectual, a poet with fans that she simply brushes aside, and an occasional lover, carrying on relationships until she grows weary of such interaction and then returning to her prior state.
This very idea entangled my mind to explore Charlotte Bronte’s novel Jane Eyre on this ground. Jane Eyre is the true representation of society’s attitude towards women in Victorian Age. A Victorian woman was not granted with personal freedom. They were bound to marry and raise children. Women were discouraged for their struggle of independence.