Literature

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1. One of my favorite pieces this semester from this class was The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins-Gilman. This piece of literature was a pioneer in American feminist literature and expresses thoughts on women’s health physically and mentally. Adrienne Rich stated in her essay When We Dead Awaken “Both the victimization and the anger experienced by women are real, and have real sources, everywhere in the environment, built into society. They must go on being tapped and explored by poets, among others. We can neither deny them, nor can we rest there.” Perkins-Gilman did a very good job by conveying the victimization of women in The Yellow Wallpaper by using vivid imagery to capture of the abuse women receive in the name of marriage. The narrator of this literary work was caged like an animal by her spouse. This, in turn, disrupts her mental capacity. This piece of literature by Perkins-Gilman does another good job of exposing secrets of society that society would not have done elsewise especially in the area of marriage. Gilman was an advocate of women’s rights and used her role as an author and philosopher to share her feelings towards it. In The Yellow Wallpaper, Gilman writes “There comes John, and I must put this away, - he hates to have me write a word”. This statement shows how women were trained to please their spouses no matter what pain it caused them. Perkins-Gilman is one author Rich would be proud of. Adrienne Rich also stated her essay that “And this drive to self-knowledge, for woman, is more than a search for identity: it is part of her refusal of the self-destructiveness of male-dominated society.” One author who exemplifies her refusal to be self-destructed by a male-dominated society is Audre Lorde. She wa... ... middle of paper ... ...onal and proves that women are capable of being a great leaders like men. The author of this speech is great example of how women are just as powerful and impactful as men during her time period. This can be seen in the following quote “I have always so behaved myself that, under God, I have placed my chiefest strength and safe guard in the loyal hearts and good will of my subjects, and therefore I am come amongst you, as you see, at this time, not for my recreation and disport, but being resolved, in the midst and heat of the battle, to live or die amongst you all, to lay down my life for my God and for my kingdom and for my people, my honour, and my blood, even in the dust.” This quote shows Queen Elizabeth I’s commitment to her people of government. Therefore, since Queen Elizabeth I was a historic figure, this literary work is important in understanding women’s.

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