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Male Dominance in Today's Society

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Male Dominance in Today's Society

In today’s society, women and man compete on somewhat of the same level. It’s hard to imagine not even one hundred years ago women lacked a voice not only in society but also in everyday life. Male dominance is consistently practiced throughout the world, some women choose to fight that which oppresses them while others are too timid to accept the challenge. With the dawn of a new century at hand, Kate Chopin proved to be an American author ahead of her time. In her short story entitled “The Awakening”, there is a strong theme of female rebellion against societal norms. While Adrienne Rich has developed a very serious poem through “Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers.” The protagonist in her poem lacks the strength that Edna Pontellier possesses to overcome her own oppression.
“The Awakening” fell under heavy criticism by many analysts when the book was published in the late 1890’s. Within the work itself, there are many examples of this rebellion from the main character Edna Pontellier: blatant disobedience to her husband, sexual promiscuity, and mat...


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...). Vol. X No. 3: pp. 261-269. Rpt. in Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Vol. 5. Detroit: Gale, 1981. 147-148.

Seyersted, Per. (1969): Kate Chopin: A Critical Biography (1969) : p. 246. Rpt. in Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Vol. 5. Detroit: Gale, 1981. 150-152.

Ziff, Larzer. “An Abyss of Inequality: Sarah Orne Jewett, Mary Wilkins Freedman, Kate Chopin” in The American 1890’s: Life and Times of a Lost Generation. (1966) pp. 275 -305. Rpt. in Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Vol. 5 . Detroit: Gale, 1981. 148-149



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