Feminist literature is a broad term politically describing the role of women, and how they came to be activists in their pursuit of liberal freedom. The term feminism has been around for years, correlating with the movement of women’s aptitude to find a way in life and basically as in “The Awakening” such as Edna did, a voice. “Feminism is a belief that women should fight for their equal rights, powers and opportunities as men do,” (Cambridge Dictionary). The antagonistic nature of the women in the Victorian period was to bring many changes in their lifestyle, and not follow the norm of the traditions and values in that time. This burning desire, to become free, emancipated, liberal, and to be able to speak freely of their thoughts was unsettling to many, and this resulted in several feminist movements, one being the Seneca Falls Convention which was the revolution of Women’s Conferences which then lead to female independence.
Her tenacity not to let people and circumstances preside over her life is fortified in many ways by Eva Winkler, her best friend and neighbor. Eva, a person of subservient dispo... ... middle of paper ... ...nments have made it even more difficult for contemporary women to bridge the gap between their vocational aspirations and the female expectations. Today, even though the exclamations for freedom, liberation are not perceptible, the dilemmas and conflicts plaguing womankind continue to exist. Work Cited Ward, Susan. "Morag Gunn in Fictional Context: The Career Woman Theme in The Diviners."
For example, Everette Emerson gives a picture of Anne Bradstreet a housewife who stole hours from sleep for writing gave women American writers their start (4). Different styles of writing emerged from various early American women writers in each century, there by setting a precedent for those that followed. Anne Bradstreet, Phillis Wheatley, Abigail Adams, Hannah Foster, Susanna Rowson, and Louisa May Alcott established new forms of literary styles like poetry, letters, fiction, and novels in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. Anne Bradstreet established domestic tradition in American poetry in the 17th century. Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672) first book of poetry was "The Tenth Muse", with the assistance of her brother-in-law it was published in 1650.
I believe that Karl Marx’s economic factors and Judith Blau’s cultural factors together define the middle class. Karl Marx believed class was a matter of economics, that is, how the individual fits into the pattern of modern capitalist society. Marx argued that the whole of capitalist society was constructed in order to support this idea including the society’s infrastructure. Marx believed that social classes arise when a group gains control of the means of production. This group also has the power to maintain or increase its wealth by taking advantage of the surplus value of labor.
When discussing a Hindu woman’s status and role in society, one can conclude that until recently, women have been burdened and suppressed by the patriarchal and marital power. “The society depicted in doctrinaire literature reflects a strong system of patriarchal values and a rigid code of conduct for women.” A society expects a great deal from its women and forces upon unbreakable rules, which come with unbearable consequences that both the family and individual female would have to face if... ... middle of paper ... ...ay. They were able to portray idealistic characteristics, which women of two different generations have embraced in order to be a respected woman in society. Sita, an extraordinary wife, who is willing to suffer through any consequences and humiliation her husband throws upon her, exemplifies and demonstrates the behaviors of women who were bounded by strict rules and weren’t allowed to take stands on many issues. In contrast, Draupadi, a bold woman as a whole, but also very loving and faithful to her husbands, is able to fight for her rights and also fulfill the duty of a wife wholeheartedly, which is the role many Hindu women take on today.
Even though so much has changed in the last fifty years, gender roles still take a huge toll in society. Unfortunately, breaking down gender roles is not easy; as women are still doing most of the housework but still expected to do more. Louisa May Alcott, the author of Little Women, was a struggling female author in the nineteenth-century, trying to defy the female stereotypes. In Louisa May Alcott’s novel Little Women, the theme of the struggle for women’s place in society due to gender roles is illustrated through the historical context and the characters shown in the novel. Louisa May Alcott, one of the many women struggling to find her place in society managed to defy the woman stereotypes.