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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.
Fanny Fern became a successful female writer and used her hardships as motivation. Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) also had many hardships and struggled with depression, alcoholism and suicidal tendencies. Dorothy Parker started writing in the early 1900s and many of her writings reflected societal issues, but also reflected her personal struggles. Fanny Fern and Dorothy Parkers challenged the traditional gender norms and brought to light many societal issues by making their voices heard by the power of their
In Beloved, Morrison portrays a single woman named Sethe, who raises her children with the memories of slavery constantly present. In Beloved the author explores the mother-child bond, presenting depictions of the supernatural where the reader witnesses a dead infant return to life. Sethe is a mother who has experienced terrible events and she is a woman of tremendous, inner strength who has survived the brutality which was a common aspect of slavery. As a result of having experienced the evils of slavery her greatest fear is that her children will suffer this as well. Moreover, in Beloved, as in Sula, the responsibility for raising their children lies with the mother as a result of the absence of the
Relationships are amongst one of the most difficult things a human must create within their lifetime. Sadly enough, miscommunication happens with any type of relationship and some of the ones who suffer the most are mother-daughter relationships. Deborah Tannen, in her self-help book titled, You're Wearing That? : Understanding Mothers and Daughters in Conversation, tells us that conversations between mothers and daughters are among the most comforting and the most hurtful (Tannen 164). This reading is an excerpt from her book that was written for mothers and daughters who cannot communicate and how small changes can help resolve their issues.
Comparing Feminist Poetry by Plath and Sexton Poetry "should be a shock to the senses. It should also hurt" Anne Sexton believed (Baym 2703), and evidence of this maxim's implications echoes loudly through the writing of Sexton as well as through the work of her friend and contemporary Sylvia Plath. Plath and Sexton's lifetimes spanned a period of remarkable change in the social role of women in America, and both are obviously feminist poets caught somewhere between the submissive pasts of their mothers and the liberated futures awaiting their daughters. With few established female poets to emulate, Plath and Sexton broke new ground with their intensely personal, confessional poetry. Their anger and frustration with female subjugation, as well as their agonizing personal struggles and triumphs appear undisguised in their works, but the fact that both Sexton and Plath committed suicide inevitably colors what the reader gleans from their poems.