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Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique - Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique The Feminine Mystique is the title of a book written by the late Betty Friedan who also founded The National Organization for Women (NOW) to help US women gain equal rights. She describes the "feminine mystique" as the heightened awareness of the expectations of women and how each woman has to fit a certain role as a little girl, an uneducated and unemployed teenager, and finally as a wife and mother who is happy to clean the house and cook things all day....   [tags: Betty Friedan The Feminine Mystique] 1288 words
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The Feminine Mystique - Betty Friedan, after experiencing feelings of depression, self-loathing, and dissatisfaction as a mother and housewife, published The Feminine Mystique in 1963. The book, which focused on the “problem that has no name,” promoted awareness of society’s pressure on women to be seen in a certain way, especially in advertising. As Joyce Hart points out in her essay, this propaganda told women that being a wife and mother was all there was to their lives, and that they had to find meaning by standing in their family’s shadow....   [tags: Betty Friedan, motherhood, sex discrimination]
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‘The Feminine Mystique’ by Betty Friedan - The Feminine Mystique, by Betty Friedan, London, Victor Gollancz LTD, 1963, 410 pp., ISBN 0-575-00951-9 ‘The Feminine Mystique’, first published in the year of 1963, is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential books in the 20th century as well as in the history of feminism. (Fox, 2006) The book signals the beginning of the second wave of the feminist movement as feminism literature to illustrate and analyse female problems in 1960s America. (Fox, 2006) At the same time, it is a declaration to proclaim an era in which American women strove towards the equality that females refused to be subordinate to patriarchal ideology anymore....   [tags: Book Review, Literary Analysis]
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The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan - During the 1960’s women wanted to define their own identities in society, whether that is of a housewife role, establishing a career or both. This identity push into American society created the Women’s Liberation Movement for a majority of women within the 60’s. During this period several women stood out as activists to establish safeguards against discrimination on the bases of sex; Betty Fridan, Carol Hanisch and Gloria Steinam. Each activist clearly demonstrated in their tone and message within their articles, books and speeches how to achieve the overall goal to cease the myth that women were fulfilled in their role as housewives....   [tags: Women Roles, Identity, Analysis] 880 words
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Betty Friedan's Feminine Mystique - Betty Friedan's Feminine Mystique In Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan wrote about women's inequality from men to women's equality to men. She also wrote about women accepting the inequality to women fighting for equality. Friedan comes across to me as a woman with strong beliefs who puts a lot of effort and information in her book. I wasn't aware that this book would give such an extreme amount of information....   [tags: Feminism Analysis Friedan Mystique] 925 words
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Feminine Mystique and Black boy Comparison - Feminine Mystique and Black boy Comparison Fighting for survival and status within the world has been in affect since the Stone Age. It starts with man against beast battling for survival. As time goes on, so does the type of battle, from beast to man against man. When conquerors from Europe come over to North America they push the Indians west because they, the Indians, do not fit into the society the white man creates and there are differences that are noticeable. Later on there becomes discrimination against blacks with the Jim Crow Laws and the silencing of women....   [tags: essays papers] 1226 words
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The Feminine Mystique - In the books we have read this semester there have been many different female characters. The female characters have played a wide variety of roles, some are completely powerless such as Andromache and Marx's portrayal of women and others have held very influential roles for example: Hera, Cleopatra, and Darwin's portrayal of the female. My paper will discuss the importance of these powerful female characters, their effects on other characters, and an analysis of how these females are viewed. According to Darwin, the female species holds the power of discrimination....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 1299 words
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Summary of Proud Family Show - ... Penny decides to take matters into her own hands and gets a petition signed by a judge to let her join the team. By the end of the episode, Penny  has scored numerous points for the team and has gained the respect of her teammates. This shows that women can play just as well and sometimes even better than men. Myth of Polarity In this episode of The Proud Family, the main characters of the show are encompassing various forms of polarity. For instance, Suga’ Momma is a representation of a ghetto, rough around the edges grandma who lets the grandkids get away with a lot of bad things....   [tags: feminine mystique, sexism] 896 words
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The Feminine Mystique and the Organization Man - For many years society has embraced the idea that the difference between men and women were biologically determined. Others see not only the physical but also the social, emotional and intellectual differences between males and females. Though through traditions, media, and press, we act accordingly to how others view us. Each individual has pressure placed upon them based on their genders. Our sex is determined by genetics while our gender is programmed by social customs. Gender roles by definition are the social norms that dictate what is socially appropriate male and female behavior....   [tags: essays research papers] 1077 words
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Comparing Suppression of Women in Feminine Mystique, Radicalesbians, and Trifles - Suppression of Women through Isolation in The Feminine Mystique, Radicalesbians, and Trifles It is far easier to break the spirit of one human being than that of a united group of people. Betty Friedan’s "The Feminine Mystique", "Radicalesbians", and Susan Glaspell’s "Trifles" come to the same conclusion: isolation and separation caused women to be vulnerable to domination by male society. Social stigmatization by men, an inability to describe the situation, and a lack of personal identity kept women apart from one another....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays] 634 words
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Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique and Sue Kaufman's Diary of a Mad Housewife - Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique and Sue Kaufman's Diary of a Mad Housewife Bettina Balser, the narrator of Sue Kaufman’s Diary of a Mad Housewife, is an attractive, intelligent woman living in an affluent community of New York City with her successful husband and her two charming children. She is also on the verge of insanity. Her various mental disorders, her wavering physical health, and her sexual promiscuity permeate her diary entries, and are interwoven among descriptions of the seemingly normal and easy routine of a housewife....   [tags: Friedan Kaufman Diary mad Housewife Essays]
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The Feminist Mystique - Betty Friedan is either a liberator and creator of the vast second wave of Feminism or she’s an oppressive, opportunistic individual who simply represents a narrow demographic in the loudest possible way. Her book, The Feminine Mystique, has been used to both support and deny these claims. Proponents of her book say it was an important publicization for the idea that women need something beyond children and a husband for happiness and life satisfaction.1 However, opponents, like historian Joanne Meyerowitz, author of the book Beyond the Feminine Mystique: A Reassessment of Postwar Mass Culture, 1946-1958, state that not only did her book displayed information that was blatantly false, but he...   [tags: Betty Friedan, Literary Analysis, Feminism]
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The Femenine Mystique and Feminist Theory: From Margin to Theory - ... Many times schooling was just here for women, if you got it you did, but if you didn’t, it wasn’t the end of the world. In the late 40s early 50s man of the classes you’d find for women would be focused on marriage. They would be about house making, how to raise children and other “suitable” subjects like that for women. In the book, Friedan shuts down Sigmund Freud. She believed that Freud belittled women and made them out be like children. She also criticizes Freud on how he began to make the housewife into a scientific religion....   [tags: books review, compare and contrast] 887 words
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Feminine Psyche in The Odyssey - Feminine Psyche in The Odyssey The Odyssey has much to teach us about the feminine psyche. The feminine psyche is the way that the female mind and soul react to and process situations. Females are generally faithful, giving, and respectful to their mates. We have an insight into the feminine psyche in several things that Penelope does. The weaving and unweaving of the shroud and the test of the bed are two examples of the way Penelope thinks. She does what is thought to be her duty to her husband to resist the suitors and remain faithful and loyal to her husband....   [tags: The Odyssey Feminine Psyche Essays] 693 words
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The Evolution of Feminine Freedom: That Long Silence Woman by Shashi Deshpande - – A Study of Shashi Deshpande’s That Long Silence Woman is a currently complex being and her evolution is a study of perennial interest. In recent times the image of the middle class Indian woman has undergone a rapid change. Women are now more articulate. A sizeable portion of them are active in professional and public life. Although there is an apparent change, the basic roles and presumptions about women’s world remain the same. The move of the New Woman from home to the world and the hurdles she has to cross analyze factors hampering the movement of the modern Indian woman....   [tags: femenine freedom, transformation]
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The Pilgrims and the Pilgrim Mystique - The Pilgrims and the Pilgrim Mystique - A Blend of Myth, Fiction, and History [1] At the conclusion of the film Plymouth Adventure, the Pilgrims, physically and mentally, have withstood the rigors of persecution in their homeland, of the long and difficult voyage, and of their first year in the wild, desolate New World. Ultimately, this paradigm becomes the emblem of the founding of our nation and the beginning of a whole panorama of different versions each time the story is retold--some of them factual and some of them mythical....   [tags: American History Research Papers]
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Feminine Narrative in The Color Purple - Such as Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, sentimental novels are developed on the readers’ ability to sympathize and grieve with the characters. Emphasizing on this matter, the author of “Narration Produces Gender: Femininity as Affect and Effect in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple” – Robyn R. Warhol analyzes the novel’s narrative techniques of producing a “good-cry”. The author proposes that the novel has effective handling of “internal focalization”, which allows the sufferer’s perceptions to stand out....   [tags: Alcie Walker, African American literature]
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The Feminine Ideal in The Bell Jar - Throughout The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath explores a number of themes, particularly regarding the gender roles, and subsequently, the mental health care system for women. Her 19-year-old protagonist, Esther Greenwood, is the vessel through which Plath poses many probing questions about these topics to the reader. In the 1950s when the novel was set, women were held to a high standard: to be attractive but pure, intelligent but submissive, and to generally accept the notion of bettering oneself only in order to make life more comfortable for the significant male in her life....   [tags: sylvia plath]
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Subjugation of Sacred Feminine in Peru - In 401, a mob led by St. John Chrysostom destroyed one of the most sacred monuments in Ancient Greece: The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus. The city of Ephesus had been a center for goddess worship since the city’s dedication to the Phrygian mother goddess, Cybele, or mountain mother. Under the Grecian Empire, and later the Roman Empire, Ephesus continued to be a center for goddess culture, with sites dedicated to Artemis and her roman equivalent, Diana. After Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire, during the rule of emperor Theodosius I in the year 380, the pagan temples were destroyed....   [tags: World Civilization ]
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Feminine Oppression in The Yellow Wallpaper - Women have always struggled to gain attention from men as well as equality with them. Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" has a dominant theme of feminine oppression. It is a symbolic work of literature because women in the era in which this story was published were treated in much the same way as the narrator was on a daily basis. Male dictatorship over women is rampant within the illness and treatment of the unnamed narrator, the characters in the story, and the many symbols that serve to confine the main character....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Feminine Power, Undetected by Men - Feminine power is a powerful tool that is undetected by men. Men may be stronger but women are smarter. In both stories 1001 Nights and Bewitched, women use their power to control and change the men in these stories for the better. Throughout history stories have been written on the bodies of women, this also being that if a man doesn’t show control over his wife then it is a sign of weakness and lack of masculinity. From ancient times to current times men view women as sneaky and manipulative in the way they go about persuading men....   [tags: 1001 Nights and Bewitched]
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Societal Standards of Feminine Beauty - ... Mainstream magazines and advertisements are another potent source of idealized images of women. “Findings of one study indicate that 83% of teenage girls reported reading fashion magazines for about 4.3 hours each week” (Thompson & Heinberg, 1999). Female’s motivation behind reading these magazines and advertisements are to obtain information about beauty, fitness, grooming and style. Magazine and advertisements are marketed to help women better themselves by providing information and products that are supposed to make them look and feel better....   [tags: looks, beauty, image, social, self-schema]
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Sociocultural Standards of Feminine Beauty - Introduction Mass media can be defined as the means of communication that reaches and influences a mass market in a short time (“thefreedictionary”). Some examples of media platforms used to deploy mass media messages are televisions, newspapers, the internet, social networking sites, magazines, and the radio. Mass media messages can come in the form of videos, audios, pictures and even words. Most people are an audience to mass media daily, and we take in all sorts of information, sometimes without even realising it....   [tags: mass media, body image] 1579 words
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Feminine Masculinity - Feminine Masculinity Given that the structure of gender qualities has been a large part of our views, in regards to a variety of issues, a number of people take exception to variances from within these rules. Keeping this in mind, we will discuss the reasons why many individuals are discouraged from crossing traditional gender traits, and closely examine parts of the article assigned for this paper. In consideration of the editorial by Newsweek (2008), the author clearly uses the following lines to assert masculine characteristics, “I handle lithe, lovely women, engage in duels and delight in the experience of an exotic locale [, and] well, maybe we need to step outside” (as cited in Macioni...   [tags: Gender Studies]
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Masculine and Feminine Norms and Gender Identity - Throughout today’s society, almost every aspect of someone’s day is based whether or not he or she fits into the “norm” that has been created. Specifically, masculine and feminine norms have a great impact that force people to question “am I a true man or woman?” After doing substantial research on the basis of masculine or feminine norms, it is clear that society focuses on the males being the dominant figures. If males are not fulfilling the masculine role, and females aren’t playing their role, then their gender identity becomes foggy, according to their personal judgment, as well as society’s....   [tags: Gender Identity, Scoiology, Feminism]
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Women's Independence in the 19th Century: The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin - “Men weren't really the enemy - they were fellow victims suffering from an outmoded masculine mystique that made them feel unnecessarily inadequate when there were no bears to kill.” (quotegarden) As changes in industry and lifestyle swept the nation in the mid-nineteenth century, questions regarding women’s place in society started to arise. This prompted many women to reevaluate their positions in their own lives. At the time, women were dominantly domestic figures, residing in the house to matronly care for children and tend to household duties not to be bothered with by the husband....   [tags: masculine mystique, marriage]
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The 'Natural' Feminine in Romanticism: A Commentary - After Bethany and Sarah's presentation, "Nature as Woman," I was interested and confused - as were they, I think - by the multiplicity of contradicting views of nature as it relates to gender. According to dominant views on Romanticism, access to nature required a distinctly feminine perspective. Paradoxically, this feminine perspective, entitled ycleped 'sensibility' was to be taken utilized most effectively by men, yet it rested on 'feminine' "emotion [as] … a more pure response to nature" (Fay 5)....   [tags: Gender Femininity Essays Papers]
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How Women's Freedom to Study and Pursue a Paid Career Has Reduced Fertility Rates in the United States - Post war America has been subject to rapid social change in the values and attitudes toward women and toward s traditional gender roles. Many women in North America today have left the traditional housewife role in order to participate in education and paid employment, to gain status as an individual as well as to make contribution to family household (Thornton & Cambum., 1979, p.61). The rise in female participation in education and paid labour has been accompanied with dramatic drop fertility, and we can anticipate this trend to continue into the future....   [tags: social change in post-war America] 1822 words
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The Feminine Sea in Moby Dick - The Feminine Sea in Moby Dick   Melville's novel, Moby Dick, has only men. Melville's men's club sails a sea whose gender changes often and whose personality is resolutely enigmatic. The feminine in Melville¹s novel hides her face in a veil of stars and behind a cloud of words. Literally, Moby Dick is a men's club, with only a glimpse of a woman in the background, or reflected in the stories of the sailors. They seem to have no sexuality, nor any personality. The two full blooded, dialogue speaking characters in the novel are both servants....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]
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Feminine Sexuality in The Storm - Kate Chopin's short story 'The Storm'; describes an encounter of infidelity between two lovers during a brief thunderstorm. The story alludes to the controversial topic of women's sexuality and passion, which during Chopin's time no one spoke about much less wrote about. So controversial was 'The Storm,'; that it was not published until after her death in eighteen ninety-nine. The story is broken up into five sections, each filled with small clues and hints that reflect her message. In short, Kate Chopin's 'The Storm'; is about a confirmation of feminine sexuality and passion and a rejection of the suppression of it by society....   [tags: Kate Chopin] 710 words
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The Feminine Presence in Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe - Chinua Achebe’s seminal novel, Things Fall Apart, portrays the difficult struggle of a native African society to preserve its beliefs and values when faced with a powerful and dangerous outside influence. The struggle is most poignantly captured in the story of Okonkwo, a warrior who cannot reconcile his most treasured principles with the changes occurring in his society. It is through the lens of Okonkwo’s passions that we come to know the subtleties of his tribal village, Umuofia, and their complex religious and cultural practices....   [tags: Things Fall Apart Essays]
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Feminine Representation in Shakespeare's Hamlet - Feminine Representation in Shakespeare's Hamlet        Abstract: This essay employs Feminist Criticism, New Historicism, and Marxist Criticism, to analyze the portrayal of Queen Gertrude and Ophelia.   Because Shakespeare's Hamlet centers on the internal struggle of the Prince of Denmark, the reader focuses primarily on his words and actions.  An often overlooked or under appreciated aspect of the play is the portrayal of the female characters, particularly Queen Gertrude and Ophelia.  There are two scenes in particular that provide insight into this topic.  In Act I Scene III, Ophelia receives advice from her father, Polonius, and her brother, Laertes.  Similarly, Gertrude is confronte...   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]
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Analysis of "A Woman’s Beauty: Put Down or Power Source?" By Susan Sontag - ... Because not everybody knows that myth are semiological systems, languages of second order where “the relation which unites the concept of the myth to its meaning is essentially a relation of deformation.” (Barthes 232). She forgets that not a whole population knows how to decipher myths; that the majority of people “consumes [myths] according to the very ends built into its structure: [people live] the myth as a story at once true and unreal.” (Barthes 238). It is not “everybody” that is equipped with the necessary intellectual tools to decipher myths....   [tags: Feminine, Irony]
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Feminine Roles in Shakespeare's Macbeth - Macbeth's Feminine Roles   The feminine roles in William Shakespeare's Macbeth are only two, the witches being not human in many ways, and we shall consider only one in great detail in this essay - that of the all-important Lady Macbeth. The witches are considered briefly.   In "Memoranda: Remarks on the Character of Lady Macbeth," Sarah Siddons comments on how the feminine role of the leading lady is not a typical one as regards attitude:   [Macbeth] announces the King's approach; and she, insensible it should seem to all the perils which he has encountered in battle, and to all the happiness of his safe return to her, -- for not one kind word of greeting or congratulations does sh...   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]
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The Feminine Perspective in Othello - The Feminine Perspective in Othello         Just how do women see things in William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello. What is their perspective on narrative developments. Let’s analyze the feminine point of view in this essay.   It was Emilia’s gift of the decorated kerchief to her husband that set up Desdemona for murder. Helen Gardner in “Othello: A Tragedy of Beauty and Fortune” talks of Emilia’s outlook on things:   Emilia’s silence while her mistress lived is fully explicable in terms of her character....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]
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Construction of Feminine Gender Roles in Game of Thrones - “Tears aren’t a woman’s only weapon. The best one’s between her legs. Learn how to use it.” In the following essay I will seek to establish the construction of feminine gender roles in ‘Game of Thrones’, the HBO television adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s series of novels ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’, which is played out in the fictional kingdom of Westeros. Consequently I will analyse these feminine gender roles from a materialistic viewpoint and discuss how a number of characters, principally female (since we will see how patriarchy is the favoured practice in Westeros), both conform to and reject preconceived ideas of gender performance and representation....   [tags: Game of Thrones Essays] 1735 words
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Cleopatra: A True Feminine Tragedy - Cleopatra: A True Feminine Tragedy In Shakespeare's tragedy, Antony and Cleopatra, Cleopatra is efficiently described by Enobarbus as extremely passionate and movable. She possesses all characteristics of a woman in good ways and bad. She is easily swayed by outside decisions and one cannot clearly decipher what she truly wants. She is also extremely manipulative and uses her femininity to her every advantage. It even seems that she is unfit to manage her own matters or to even merely decide what her own viewpoint on a subject is....   [tags: Papers] 744 words
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Feminine Autonomy and Erasing the Male Stereotype in Juno and the Paycock - ... Because Jack does not work, Juno is the only support that the family has to rely on to keep living in the tenement. Jack also fails as the head of the household in his reaction to Mary’s pregnancy. Completely taken aback by the news, Jack is unreasonably angered exclaiming, “Oh, isn’t this a nice thing to come on top o’ me, an’ the state I’m in… Ay she’ll leave this place, an’ quick too!” Although she did sin through extra-marital relations, Mary is still his daughter, and thus he should support her in her time of difficulty....   [tags: sean o´casey´s play] 603 words
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Feminine Narrative in Alice Walker's The Color Purple - ... Warhol points out the importance of developing from the readers’ identification with “suffering characters” into pure empathy (183). Continuing with the narrative techniques, Robyn R. Warhol mentions the novel’s first-person limited perspective, which gives readers and the narrator “no sense of […] final outcome in the narration” (184). Even though the touch of “shift[ing] in narrative voice and in temporal perspective” from Celie to Nettie can bring “vivid relief” to the story, Nettie is still under the control of “her own consciousness” (Warhol 184)....   [tags: literary analysis]
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The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne: Feminine Traits - Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of The Scarlet Letter, establishes his views towards women in many ways through his strong, passionate characters. Despite this clear incorporation, when does an author’s opinion become confused with reality. Hawthorne clearly presents the heroine of the novel, Hester Prynne, as a contradiction to the typical woman of the 1800’s. Hawthorne sees Hester as a strong woman and presents her actions and characteristics as righteous; however his opinion of a strong woman is flawed....   [tags: Hawthorne's Opinion of Women]
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The Feminist Mystique - The response was overwhelming. Every organization from the Federal government, to the senate, to corporations, to the Roman Catholic Church sought to free the union from communist ties and communist influence. Other unions started to challenge the organization Friedan worked for, which resulted in a rift between the communists and the capitalists within the union. In a decade, the union fell from 600,000 to 71,000.16 Still, Friedan pressed onward to expose inequalities and corporations’ attempts to erode Franklin’s New Deal through breaking unions and exploiting their labor, which included contrast articles displaying the excess lavish lifestyle of the super wealthy against workers who coul...   [tags: Governemnt, Catholics, African American, Latino]
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Heian Period in Japan: Feminine Vernacular Literature - ... Chinese was the language of legal and religious documents, and the understanding of these types of literature instills a sense of authority and power. In “The Beauty of the Seasons”, Shōnagon talked about the vividly changing seasons from the perspective of a court lady. The excerpt which is entitled “Snow” showed a Japanese winter from the luxury of a veranda; a roofed structure that generally seemed to be a sign of wealth. Alongside this setting, Shōnagon is accompanied by a brazier and a sense of comfort, serenity, and possibly even carelessness....   [tags: hierarchy, importance, society] 946 words
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Feminine Perspective within Othello - Feminine Perspective within Othello         In William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello, the male characters far outnumber the female ones. This may tend to cause the feminine viewpoint to be shortchanged. Let’s not let that happen – by consideration of same in this essay.   In the essay “Wit and Witchcraft: an Approach to Othello” Robert B. Heilman discusses involvement in the play by Emilia, the wife of Iago:   Emilia’s picking up the handkerchief helps advance the action by contributing to Iago’s deception of Othello, but it is also relevant to her character and to Shakespeare’s conception of the modes of wifely devotion and marital relationship (not to mention its relation...   [tags: Othello essays]
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Othello: the Feminine Perspective -     Othello, Shakespeare’s tragic drama, has much to say about women and the attitudes of social groups and individuals towards them. Let’s examine, from the top down, from the general to the lower ranks, these outlooks on women and other feminine considerations. Kenneth Muir, in the Introduction to William Shakespeare: Othello, explains the Moor’s blind ignorance of his won wife: Iago begins his temptation on the following morning, and he is able to exploit Othello’s comparative ignorance of his wife....   [tags: Othello essays]
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Feminine Roles in Othello - Feminine Roles in Othello         A variety of roles have women in them in William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello. Let us in this essay examine the female characters and their roles.   One key role for the heroine of the drama, Desdemona, is to support the general. David Bevington in William Shakespeare: Four Tragedies enlightens us about the hero’s dependence on Desdemona:   Othello’s most tortured speeches (3.4.57-77, 4.2.49-66) reveal the extent to which he equates the seemingly betraying woman he has so depended on for happiness with his own mother, who gave Othello’s father a handkerchief and threatened him with loss of her love if he should lose it....   [tags: Othello essays]
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