Next, in the first line of the poem, “I have done it again” (1), suggests disappointment and sadness in this woman’s life. This first statement therefore, brings the ... ... middle of paper ... ... tone of the speaker through her attitude. In conclusion, Plath’s exercises various poetic devises that emphasize the attitude towards death by the speaker. Diction as a poetic devise shows though the choices that Plath makes in the selection of her words to depict the unenthusiastic tone of the poem. Then, the next poetic devise used is imagery, which was the most affective devise because of the vivid images the audience can imagine in their own minds.
The women choose to conform to society’s expectations of women in the early twentieth century, however; Edna and Nora struggle with who they truly have become inside, until the conflict either consumes them or sets them free. Edna conforms by enduring her husband, Leonce Pontellier; caring for her children and home, and keeping her relationship with Robert discreet throughout the novel. While there is an obvious internal battle between romance, conformity, confusion, and unrealized raw passio... ... middle of paper ... ...alizes that not only can she accept herself, but no one else can, either, and her metamorphosis leaves her imprisoned. Nevertheless, both women realize that they have become something which only society expects of them, nothing that they have selected for themselves. They have become wives and mothers, instead of potentially single, and independent women, and their boxed-in world suffocates them.
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.
Antigone and Ismene show great contrast from each other, but their morality determines the fate of their lives. Through analyzing these two female characters, it can be seen that Antigone, though the victim of death, possess qualities that the survivor Ismene lacks; the character of Ismene acts as Antigone's foil. Antigone is portrayed as a courageous woman, whose audacious qualities defy the authority of a patriarchal society, whereas Ismene conceals herself in the shadows of stronger men. Antigone accepts the dire consequences that follow with her decision, despite knowing
However, what remains clear is Tennyson’s poem continuously emphasises this concept of a pure and mystical woman, a passive female muse created purely for the male gaze. Although it could be considered that Tennyson is commenting on women’s place in patriarchal Victorian society, and how this results in isolation and loneliness, the Lady of Shalott’s tragic death and subsequent viewing seems to be a critique of those who try to free themselves from this constraint of gender norms. Furthermore, the poem’s influential depiction of the passive female is one that has undoubtedly been echoed throughout literary works and popular culture, influencing and perpetuating this dangerous idea that a woman’s body is not completely hers in her agency, and ultimately exists for the male gaze. While many feminists seek to defy this one-dimensional stereotype of the hyper-feminine woman, this idea remains prevalent through numerous works in literature that only through true passivity of the female body will women finally be able to be what we should always want, the masculine’s “lovely
She questions the inequality of women in patriarchal society and she challenges the stereotype given to herself and other women that they are weak and passive, which we know clearly Medea is not. Her disregard of gender relations is also evident in the way she ignores motherhood and commits inhumane crimes against her own children in spite and for simple revenge. Culture creates difference in gender through social issues such as marriage, education, childbearing and employment. Women in many of today’s cultures are represented by the roles they choose rather than have imposed on them, although sexism is an ongoing issue presented in everyday life. Medea has little choice on her represented role due to society in that period of time.
After Robert, the love of her life and the man she has an affair with, leaves, Edna becomes despondent and lacks an... ... middle of paper ... ...torture” (149). Yet even as she suffers through “torture”, Madame Ratignolle advises Edna always think of the children. While Madame Ratignolle, Madamoiselle Reisz and Edna are very different characters, all of them are unable to reach their potentials. Madame Ratignolle is too busy being the perfect Louisiana woman that she no identity of her own; her only purpose in life is to care for her husband and children. Madamoiselle Reisz is so defiant and stubborn that she has isolated herself from society and anyone she could share her art with.
After producing several successful poems Browning married the love his life, fellow English poet, Elizabeth Barrett Browning in 1846. He kept on writing until he died on 12th December 1889 and is today considered one of the greatest poets to come from the Victorian era. Two of his poems that were famous because of the use of dramatic monologue were the "My Last Duchess" and "Porphyria's Lover". They were written around about the same time, from 1840-50, and share the same common theme of obsessive love. The dramatic monologue is used to great effect in both poems as Browning gradually reveals the nature of the speaker and how love has twisted their thoughts and decisions.
In the poem “It was not death, for I stood up…” by Emily Dickinson, Dickinson portrays a deeply personal depression, a depression in which her mind and emotions are in a state of chaos and hopelessness. The depression is so overwhelming that she cannot even understand its causes and must seek answers to move beyond her current state. So deep is her depression that she even avoids naming it, relying instead on the use of “it” without a clear referent. Perhaps because she is unsure of what her feelings are, she never uses the word grief, anguish or some other direct “name” for her state of mind. Although she is not clear on the reason for her depression, the reader can feel and understand her emotions through the descriptions she uses.
He thought she had a lovely face, and prayed for her. Analysis: Theme: This poem has several themes. It talks about a lady who is isolated from everyone, and how she is depressed with her lonely life. A big part of the poem also describes some supernatural things... ... middle of paper ... ...song. It's a reference to a song from Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale (Act 4, Scene 3) where one of the characters Mood: At first the mood of the poem was mysterious while it introduced us with the separated island, and Lady of Shalott.