Although this is how women were typically treated in the Victorian days, Hardy portrays women in a different light. For example the women he portrays are not ‘‘normal’’, they are more in con... ... middle of paper ... ...revious statement that Lizzy is very loyal to her family if she will take a bullet for one of her cousins. Thomas Hardy’s collection of short stories ‘The Wessex Tales’ represents women in different ways. He represents an incapacitated lady as a worse person than a woman who smuggles tubs of liquor. Hardy surprises the reader by the way he represents his females because the stereotype of a disabled woman does not fit what we read about Sophy.
However, Hope Leslie does not conform to the expected behavior of women during that time, behavior that only further expressed the supposed superiority of males. Hope portrays behaviors and attitudes common in a woman today. Hope is capable of thinking for herself, is courageous, independent, and aggressive. Sir Philip Gardner describes Hope as having “a generous rashness, a thoughtless impetuosity, a fearlessness of the… dictators that surround her, and a noble contempt of fear” (211). In comparison to Esther Downing, Hope is the antithesis of what a young Puritan woman should be, and in turn, Hope gains a great deal of respect from the readers of the novel through her “unacceptable” behavior.
From her poor self-image, trying to find a potential partner, and her substance abuse problems, some might say she is a terrible excuse for a feminist. The fact that she wants to better herself, even though she might not take the right route of it, she still wants the best for herself. Her views may be clouded by what society actually wants, but this does not determine whether you can consider yourself a feminist or not. I believe that many people are too wrapped up in the stereotypes about feminism, where they cannot see what it actually stands for, which is very positive and progressive to
“Mrs Quasimodo”, “Queen Herod”, “The Kray Sisters” and “Little Red Cap” are feminist poems because in all of these poems the women become better off by the end of the poem and show that men are useless. However poems like “Mrs Faust”, “Anne Hathaway”, “Mrs Midas” and “The Devil’s Wife” are not seen to be so strongly linked in with “feminist propaganda”, true they are opposites of their famous male counterparts but they do not seem to have messages of feminism within them. “Mrs Quasimodo” is seen to have a very feminist view built into it, Duffy has used Mrs Quasimodo to show feminist views but also uses her to show her feelings about social presence such as betrayal within marriage; this view of social presence is however seen to be more important than the view of feminism. In the poem “Mrs Quasimodo” Duffy uses the bells as an aide to show the feminist views, like when Mrs Quasimodo is drawn to the bells but not by the man who rings them: “He swung an epithalamium for me”, “We ha... ... middle of paper ... ...d to Gold and so he has to move out into a caravan. This poem is not about female superiority at all; it is just about how the man does something reckless and doesn’t think about the consequences.
And even though this is a short story, there are many truths in it. The writing reads like a “say so” but what exactly is being said is more ambiguous. There is a declaration of love for certain, but also of dislike and judgement from someone who is suppose to be loved unconditionally. Yet, this is the mothers process on how to make a girl into a woman though in some ways it’s very “old fashioned” and it is damaging to the overall relationship between the two, undoubtedly causing resentment on the part of the daughter to the mother and an unstable relationship.
Their concept of love is far from the fleeting fancy of infatuation and eroticism. Most of their new women characters were fascinated with the ideal of romantic love for a short period but disillusionment awaited them after their marriage. Anita Nair and Jhumpa Lahiri sarcastically depict traditional female characters who blindly ape and adhere to the sexist standards of true femininity in their novels. Thus the novelists upset the equilibrium and the surface level satisfaction of the ideologically stunted minds of women readers who cope with the convenient conventionalities. The writers take pains to make them aware of the dire necessity and productive possibility of a positive and pro-active change in their lives.
Although women were perceived to act and present themselves in a certain way, some young women went against the cult of the true woman hood not only to be different, but to escape he physical, emotional, and psychological abuse that they will or have encountered. In novels, The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Path and Lucy, by Jamaica Kincaid both young women have the similarity to rebel against the cult of true women hood but do it in many different ways. In the novel, The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath the protagonist is named Esther Greenwood. Through the book Esther wonders if she should marry and live a conventional domestic life, or attempt to satisfy her ambition. Esther is from Massachusetts who goes to New York as a college student who is working for a month to be a guest editor for a magazine.
This leaves the reader at awe, because after... ... middle of paper ... ...vie, the actresses that played them actually fit the role. Women usually do not have impacts on things, but in this novel, major things happened as a result of these women. These things include dishonest marriages, love affairs, wealth, power, and jealousy. This goes to show that women are not always the innocent ones in novels, or any other type of literature. Sources Consulted Brucoli, Matthew J. Bruccoli.
We do not find many who live a life advertised by existential philosophers. Priyanka Sinha sounds right when she mentions the commonness of Anita Nair’s characters... ... middle of paper ... ...epicted in creative literature. In this sense, it would not be inappropriate and unjust to say that the concerns of Anita Nair and Jhumpa Lahiri are feminist. The above discussion with regards to their feminist concerns in the selected novels exemplifies a visible pattern of women’s ‘rising consciousnesses towards their selfhood. What make this over-all pattern interesting and challenging are the variations within the overall pattern.
This makes more people read her work. Incompatibility plays an important part in both stories, but more so in "An Imaginative Woman". Thomas Hardy explains: Marchmill considered his wife's likes and fancies, those smallest greatest particulars that no common denominator could be applied.