In my dealings both these works, I want to avoid falling into the defensive trap. While feminists are negatively portrayed in the Irving's novel as extreme, anti-male, and apocalyptic, I want to get past a knee-jerk dismissal of the novel and get at Irving's commentary on the feminist movement because I believe that it can provide valuable insights into feminism. Similarly, I will not automatically run away from MacKinnon's essay because her feminism is so radical. The rhetoric in which MacKinnon phrases her arguments is apocalyptic, and she serves here as my "real" example. What I find most important is that 'extreme' is not automatically a dismissal.
This is an important topic because it will help us understand both sides of the pro-feminist and the anti-feminist. It will also help us see how women were viewed in the past and how they are viewed today. Wicked In the story of Wicked the topic of gender plays a significant role in how the readers perceive things. This book not only challenges but also reinforces conventional views and ideas about gender. Galinda is a perfect example of reinforcing those conventional views.
To reach this goal and attain her purpose, Solnit appeals to both the logical and emotional sides of the audience. Through facts and statistics, she demonstrates that gender inequality is an undeniable truth, and that despite limited coverage of all but the “exceptional crimes” (524), the impact of this inequality has exorbitant ramifications. This information calls upon the readers’ logical sides – giving them facts and numbers that are hard to contest. For the majority of the essay, however, Solnit depends upon appealing to her readers’ emotional sides with the goal of inciting change. The author petitions the audience’s emotional side through her tone and delivery, portraying the gravity of the situation women face.
In his apology, he reveals the hesitancy involved in his choice between Marianne and Mrs. Grey; his genuineness that he displayed towards the Dashwood sisters demonstrate he had a very tough human choice in the matter. As Weiss notes Elinor understands the “infinitely complex truth of human motivation” (Weiss 268). Instead of seeing things as black and white, Elinor elects to take into account his humanity and flaws. Furthermore, her requirement of confirmation turns out to be a very prudent course of action that Marianne should have taken. As Elinor puts it: “’I want no proof of their affection…but of their engagement I do’” (Austen 77).
The fact that Emily Bronte felt the need to use a male alias is an indication of how she feared the public would receive her book. Wuthering Heights may be seen as shocking, as Bronte addresses many Victorian ideals with criticism. She does so with unusual characters with flaws and their amoral actions. For example, she challenges Victorian precept such as inequality of the sexes and social class. Bronte’s novel also includes ghosts and unexplained dreams which would have disturbed Victorian critics.
From this stance, it becomes much clearer why this disturbing climax was essential, especially when considering the shocking conclusion to the play. The feminist’s lack of serious discussion of the necessity of the rape scene is the weak link in their argument. While feminists concede that the character of Blanche is a woman with more than a few “inconsistencies”, their description of Stanley as a "monster" is not justified. Feminists neglect to consider Stanley’s vulnerability as a factor in the rape; but they justify... ... middle of paper ... ... and the rape are archetypes of society, representing the battle between good will and survival, good and evil, class and inhumanity, behind which the driving force is utter desire! Works Cited and Consulted Brownmiller, Susan.
More often than not, attempts by the writer to appeal to a reader’s sense to pathos is not completely straightforward; rather, it is embedded within the lines of the text. Frankel states that “nobody [modeling agencies] takes responsibility, and as long as skinny sells, nothing is probably going to change” (Frankel 434). This provides the reader with a sense of grief, coming to the conclusion that maybe this matter may be too difficult or too complicated to resolve. It is important to note that Frankel does not directly state that this is something the reader should be concerned about and make an attempt to fix on behalf of the nation. Instead, she simply presents the matter in such a way that makes it appear that this is the cruel reality of the problem and that there is no choice but to accept and deal with it.
Upon evaluation of the article, “Marriage:What is the future?” I came to the conclusion that the writer was biased and not too balanced in his argument on the subject. Writer Thomas B. Stoddard has a clear purpose. He wants gay marriage to be legalized. He does a great job of justifying his purpose by giving a story about a gay couple and the struggles they go through due to the fact that they are not allowed to be married by law. However, he does not approach this in an unbiased manner, he leaves out arguments that oppose his point of view, which are critical for him to view in order for his argument to be more powerful.
The key contrast in the approaches undertaken by Gray and the feminists is why those discrepancies exist. According to Gray, the concept of the two sexes is a reason of its own for the intersexual communication. On the other hand, sociolinguists have proved that the notion of "performing gender" through language is key to understanding the great extent of sexism, stereotyping and incompetent guesses hidden in the popular self-help books, which promote the view that men and women come from different planets and thus create the unjust society, in which women occupy the role of the 'second sex' as opposed to men, who are the 'norm'.
This is truly a novel of oppressive gender extremes. Sexuality is repressed and ambiguous. The women are cheerfully subordinate; the men blindly egotistical. A good feminist interpretation of this novel should be a required supplement to any first reading of the text because gender/sexual tension can be found at the heart of every major issue in this novel. Veeder put it most succinctly by stating that “the male protagonist attempts to usurp woman’s place and produce offspring parthenogenetically” (Veeder 43).