Her novel portrays the injustices women had to face against a patriarchal society. She exemplifies that women are differentiated by men in their marriage due to the labelling that men are more active and women were oppressed to domestic roles. The Yellow Wallpaper suggests that women should have liberty to express themselves and break through the social standards the patriarchal society oppressed them to. Perkins demonstrate a women who is hopeless but a great writer. The inferences to the breakthrough of women’s right in society refer to feminism.
"Feminist scholars also seek to question and transform androcentric [sic] systems of thought which position the male as the norm," says Barbara McManus. They strive to find, examine, and eliminate biases in a world encumbered with intolerant men who see women as thoughtless objects and most certainly not equals. Other women announce their impressive intellect, economic well-being, and individual personalities to the people who oppose them. "A woman should always present herself and explain her forthcoming jaunts into Feminists, like Edna, howe... ... middle of paper ... ...Barbara F. "Characteristics of a Feminist Approach." December 8, 2001. http://www.cnr.edu/home/bmcmanus/femcharacteristics.html.
When John Steinbeck mocks feminism he is trying to show how woman in the story are dominated by a male or by a male society in general. The work is introduced by finding the fault against all women. In the times when John Steinbeck wrote the story, The Chrysanthemums, women were seen as inferior. Many times men and women would perform a equal task, but the women would be oppressed just because of their gender The women were not seen in the same respect in any aspect that men were. The portrayal of women greatly influenced the way John Steinbeck wrote this story.
The thing they request is all about equality among two genders, be... ... middle of paper ... ... instead of repressive advices (ironically) of a male. Therefore, a woman may reach the full development. To sum up, The Yellow Wallpaper has many crucial points which can be clarified in the light of feminist approach. The story which shows a woman’s struggle to create her own identity and a man’s struggle to keep his power over woman reveals the breaking of taboos through writing. Whereas the story criticizes the woman’s suppressed role in patriarchal society, later on it promotes the woman’s status by breaking the male hegemony at the end of the story.
According to Atwood in one of her many interviews, "women were intrinsically good and men bad; to divide along allegiance lines--that is, women who wore high heels and makeup were instantly suspect, those in overalls were acceptable"(Problems of). These ideas were and have been created by our social and political system and could not be fixed until such systems have been reformed. The feminist ideas that are expressed in this novel are necessary. Besides, these women do exist not only in the novel but women like this exist in real life. The women are treated as property instead of human beings.
Transcendental principals provided an environment for these women to write, yet when released into the public, harsh reception fazed the women. These women lead the movement for female literature to be recognized among that of men. In the Realist age, the personal lives of Kate Chopin and Charlotte Perkins Gilman drove their nonfiction and fiction. Women were still considered inferior to men, and this was apparent in the reception of these women’s works. It is not until today that they are being respected as established feminist writers.
In the making of Frankenstein, feminism played a big role in the female’s lives. Although created by a female author, female roles of Frankenstein can be seen as an uncertain end for future development of inequality. When creating Frankenstein, one of Shelley’s major concerns was “the exhibition of the amiableness of domestic affection”(Levy 700). Shelley wanted Frankenstein to have a “sympathetic identification both within and beyond the domestic sphere”(Levy 707). Though, Shelley applies a feminist lens to the literature and wants the readers to learn from both “feminine” and “masculine” viewpoints (Collings 68).
There are negative and positive aspects of the feminist lens. Positive contains the empowering of women and equality, whereas negative pertains to oppression and unequal rights. Both are covered in The Things They Carried from sex symbols to battle tor... ... middle of paper ... ...as Mary Ann in the novel show that women can do so much more than sew and cook. Without women, all wars would have been a lot harder. Although men tend to keep a macho facade in order to calm others (such as the women in their lives), inside they may be like glass, easy to break.
The wings are a “prescribed issue” to keep the Handmaids from “seeing, but also from being seen.”(8) The nun-like dresses desexualize women while ma... ... middle of paper ... ...t to advocating equality, both cultures enhance gender imbalance. This oppressive nature is worsened through the lack of sisterhood and cohesion among women in Gilead and feminist movements. The Handmaid’s Tale in essence supports feminist politics through demonstrating the wrongful exploitation of women. The book hereby satirizes feminism too. Aunt Lydia’s “freedom from” is in many ways a solution to feminist’s problems with “freedom to.”(24) The book highlights social injustice can take many approaches, visible or hidden, by criticizing repressive feminist ideologies.
The Bell Jar was an exceptional novel that can be used to view the ideas of gender roles. Ester, who despised marriage and focused on education, went through multiple events that pushed her to subvert and conform to society’s expectations. Women’s literature—such as this work—of the nineteenth century provided confirmation of society’s emphasis on “The Cult of Womanhood and Domesticity”. Plath’s life mirrors Ester’s and ultimately brought awareness to the oppression of women. References Brannon, Linda.