Fear, shame, oppression and radical change push women to choose life in misery and stay silent. Moreover man creates unequal atmosphere around women and by that show their dominance and supremacy. It is hard for a woman in the abusive relationship, who was already weakened by her abuse to overcome all those fears, to gather her strength and only to start a fight, with only power she has left.
The women meet their fate due to their lack of independence. After a closer examination, there is evidence to show that the women's actions, or lack thereof, are the reasons behind their demise. In particular, three factors come into play in terms of a Feminist standpoint. First, upon closer examination of the text, it becomes apparent that women lack wise decision-making in matters of love. Secondly, women's feeble minds deter them to make shrewd decisions, as they are immature and weak.
In fact, Offred is frightened with the idea of escaping, not because of the consequences, but more because she is ìlosing the taste of freedomî and findi... ... middle of paper ... ... voice their wants and needs. In this particular exchange, Atwood reveals both the difference between the sexes and their need to be on a more intimate and equal platform. While The Handmaid's Tale conveys the oppression of women, it also reveals the significant role women have in society. Atwood gets the point across that just as they can be oppressed by men, women can equally oppress themselves. Through Offred's eyes, comparisons between today's society and the possible consequences of one's attitudes are examined.
As a result of this helplessness disrupts behavior such as undermining motivation, interfering with ability to learn and creating emotional distress (Schenkel, p. 24). Another aspect of this imposter syndrome is fear of failure, where women sometimes get terrified of being judged and found unqualified (Schenkel, 55). When the fear of failure is combined with other behavioral patterns, a resulting consequence is anxiety. This is where women tend to have “split self-image” which is “an ongoing battle between positive and negative views of our ability” (Schenkel, 63). Secondly there is a superfluous desire and concern to win approval of others.
In the present state of society, women are seen as inferior to men and held in a state of ignorance. The worst effect of this relationship is that women are not educated and allowed to think for themselves. Without the ability to reason, women cannot achieve virtue or morality and society as a whole suffers. If women were allowed to reason and think independently, both women and men would share the benefits. With this argument, Wollstonecraft makes a very strong case in favor of women's rights.
By living in a dark conservative society, Ruth also faces difficulties to sustain in the female role presses on her. She seems to get out of the system and tries to stand on her own. Avoiding social norms is tough and many times because of conservative repressive societal demands, but many women crave social change. Fern and Chopin portrayed their character to show us that not every woman can accepts their fate and suffers quietly. Many women rebel and come out from their prescribed social role.
The frequently recurring motif of children accentuates Edna's rebellion against her roles as a woman within her community. At the fin de siecle women still possessed many cultural restraints carrying over from the time of Queen Victoria's reign. The views and ethics of that time period contrasted greatly from that of the previous Georgian period. Victorian morality can be defined as a set of moral values that entail extreme prudery, sexual constraint, low tolerance of crime, and a very strict code of conduct. This suppression gave rise to a large scaled social movement as women began to break apart from their role in society as “mother-women” to achieve independence.
A plea for the opportunity and the chance to live a fulfilled life, a yearning for empowerment educational and all otherwise. The need for this arises because there is the traditional tendency of the Nigerian society to restrict the women to their biological roles as wives and mothers. This is carried into all spheres of the societal life. If rears its head in literature where it puts a strong ban on women. In Nigerian male-authored texts, especially this view is up held without compromise as if the biological role is the only destiny for the Nigerian women.
Tambu, Nyasha and Maiguru are faced with the choice of embracing the colonial ways or returning to their Shona roots. Each one of these women experience this nervous condition in different forms and affects them in different ways. For Tambu it is through her parent’s wedding and the struggle between her colonial schooling and Shona culture. Nyasha’s nervous condition is expressed through the form of a typical western disease, Anorexia. In the case of Maiguru, her nervous condition deals with the blending of two different worlds.
Many women live their lives in fear. One of the major problems with the feminist movement is that it perpetuates many stereotypes which are simply not true but based on the behaviors of a small minority of those in the feminist movement. When a woman identifies herself as a feminist it should mean that she is in favor of not being discriminated against because of her sexBut when a woman stands up for herself in the workplace or in society at large, there are a lot of generalizations that people unfairly characterize them with.. They are assumed to be difficult, unhappy and dislike all men. The stereotypical feminist is a bra burning, hairy, metrosexual lesbian, who believes men should only be used from breeding until we find a way to do it without them.