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In her feminist perspective reading of Charlotte Bronte 's novel, Jane Eyre, Donaldson argues in her article, “The Corpus of the Madwoman: Towards a Feminist Disability Studies Theory of Embodiment and Mental Illness.” that the “romanticizing” of “madness” by feminist writers and critics, is “unhelpful” as it portrays mental illness as a metaphor to women 's rebellion. First, let us understand where Donaldson is coming from. Her argument stems from Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar 's, Madwoman in the Attic, “ a now classic text of early feminist criticism” as Donaldson puts it in the opening sentences of her article. According to Gilbert and Gubar, “maddened doubles” exist “in texts by nineteenth- and twentieth century women writers” and “function as “social surrogates,” “protecting women writer 's anxiety of authorship in a male-dominated literary tradition.” (Donaldson) Basically, women were claiming to be “mad” as ways to rebel from their husbands and the societal, hegemonic beliefs about domesticity. Both articles however focus on the aspect of disability and approach the gender roles through a feminist disability studies perspective.
Metamorphosis in Pride and Prejudice As the story develops in Jane Austen's novel, Pride and Prejudice, the reader is witness to a shift in attitude between the principle characters. The chapter in which Elizabeth Bennett's reactions to Mr. Darcy's letter are explored provides valuable insights into this metamorphosis. The first description of Elizabeth's state upon perusing Fitzwilliam Darcy's revelatory missive is characteristic of Austen when relating heavy emotion: she doesn't. "Her feelings as she read were scarcely to be defined," she tells us (Austen 233). Of course, all this negation of representational skills is purely for dramatic effect, and Miss Austen goes on to provide a full account of every aspect of Elizabeth's emotional upheaval per her reading of the letter, but not, however, without using the device again in the second paragraph, in treating the subject of the truth about Mr. Wickham.
Parents who spank their children argue that spanking gets their children to stop the incorrect behavior quickly. In truth, spanking only a temporarily solves the issue because the children do not know why the action was incorrect, so they will repeat it (Pitzer, 2011). Children also learn a new lesson; smack someone when he/she cannot have his/her own way which proves that spanking is unorganized discipline (Pitzer, 2011). Next, parents should avoid spanking their children because it lowers their self-esteem. Children believe that the... ... middle of paper ... ...unt, J.
Madame Bovary as a Template for Kate Chopin’s The Awakening The story of Edna Pontellier, the heroine of Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, echoes that of Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. Both novels tell about young wives who recognize the hollowness of their marriages and look outside them for fulfillment. While the similarities are deep and numerous, Chopin’s characterization and plot diverge from those of Flaubert. Madame Bovary does contain a hint of advocacy for women, however Chopin’s version of the story reflects the author’s status as one of America’s first feminist authors. Perhaps Chopin’s dissent does not constitute an objection to Flaubert’s portrayal of womanhood, which is very sensitive and thoughtful.