Events such as the economic collapse in Germany post WWII, the construction of the Berlin Wall, the rise of student based urban terrorism in West Germany in the 1970’s and the increasing state controls to contain such alleged threats can be seen to influence the issues explored in The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum. The novel is a comment on the press and the law, the labyrinth of social truth, the collision of fact and fiction and the power of language. Böll himself experienced the press first hand and this along with the experiences of Professor Bruckner, form the basis of his criticism directed at the powerful and hegemonic structures in society, in particular in relation to the police and the press and their corrupt relationship in the novella. Many of Heinrich Böll s views and attitudes, resulting form his context, are clearly visible in the novella through the portrayal of certain characters in positive or negative lights. The historical, social, economic and political context of Böll and West Germany at this time (1900’s) had a considerable effect on the issues Böll delves into in The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum and greatly affected my understanding of the novel.
It provides a voice for the character that would have been considered as having a lower status. In my opinion, “The Yellow Wall-Paper” acts as a voice for feminism by warning the reader of the dangers of suppression of female expression. The continual restriction of her outlet of freedom through writing causes her case of insanity to grow, therefore the text raises the importance of the need for expression. The dark undertones of the text creates a gothic feel, this was noticed by many critics of the time who compared The Yellow Wall-Paper to works of Edgar Allen Poe, such as an anonymous critic from The Daily Oklahoman (Goldman 85) who viewed it as a gothic horror story. The story therefore could be seen as a way to scare men, warning them of the dangers if they suppress the voice of women.
Peter Shaffer and Franz Kafka, the authors of Equus and Metamorphosis, reveal through their main characters’ struggles how society’s oppression causes a loss of identity. This oppression is caused by society’s obsession with what it believes to be normal and how society’s beliefs drive it to conform those who don’t fit its normal image. The two authors use their characters to symbolize the different views and judgments of society. And based on these judgments, the authors use two different types of oppression that cause different outcomes. Finally, this essay will reveal how the two authors use their characters to drain the protagonist’s identity to show society’s desire to conform.
An Inappropriate Feminist Re-reading of Henry James's Washington Square The article "Re-producing James" is a defense of the feminist perspective in regards to Henry James's Washington Square. The article discusses the point of truth in words. Stating only (in a roundabout way) that the readers interpretation and perspective of reading the novel determines their understanding of the truth. The author Barbara Rasmussen, states that another critic, Ian Bell's perspective of Henry James's writing " 'exploits the ideological equipment of that which it opposes': patriarchal capitalism" (63). However, her only point seems to be that in Ian Bell's criticism as well as in Washington Square, the writing is completely phallic, capitalistic, and patriarchal.
Upon reading The Scarlet Letter, it would be safe to assume that Nathaniel Hawthorne is using the protagonist, Hester Prynne, as a scapegoat through whom he can socially protest. Social protest could be defined as when the author uses a character within the novel as a channel through which they can highlight the shortcomings and negative points of a society. This is achieved mainly through the use of an omniscient third-person narrative. The narrator follows the characters from chapter to chapter, revealing their internal thoughts and deepest feelings to the reader. In this scenario, the creation of an outsider provides an outlet for people’s disdainful thoughts and opinions.
Concerns were addressed by socialist thinkers Owen in his document A New View of Society and Tristan author of “Workers Your Condition… is Miserable and Distressing,” who observed the negative impact the industrial revolution had on the workers. Therefore Owen and Tristan proposed solutions to alleviating these concerns of industrialization through observing the family units impacts, providing a solution to problem of society, and providing agency to better the lives of the workers of society. Owen and Tristan addressed the major concerns of society caused by the industrial revolution.
In addition to that, the three authors also use effective imagery and theme to illustrate to the readers how social injustice has affected the characters. For Pecola, it was her skin color and ugliness that constantly tormented her. The injustice that Eliezer suffered was the Holocaust. Lastly, it was Charlie’s mental disability that caused his loneliness. By using these literary techniques in literature, the devices truly educates the audience to realize these injustices that occur is a result of society not being highly informed of the topic at hand and its effects.
Twain’s famous novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, plays on the mentality and social structure of his time and its people. He saw the critical weaknesses in our values and ideals as a society during his life. He wanted to express his satirical views to the public and bring light to our society’s problems. Twain had successfully accomplished his task when he published the controversial book that is still argued today. Huckleberry Finn shows how major themes like education, religion, and morality, can be seen in his view.
The exploitation the vulnerable workers from a country plagued with structural problems and the unsatisfied global expansion of capitalists’, results in the catastrophes like Rana Plaza. The globalization of the capitalist system was written about by Marx and Engels. The flaws in the capitalist systems that would bring its eventual downfall seem to be true at post Rana Plaza. The resentment of those who profit from their suffering; the government, the factory owners and the western retail chains, have brought on riots and demands of compensation. However, until the system is overturned as a whole, the dire work conditions of the Bangladesh garment worker will remain.
This print was symptomatic of the emotive, and occasionally even alarmist rhetoric of radicals in influential mediums like the press. Cobbett, Hunt and O’Connor amongst others informed working class radicalism through relatable benchmarks of solidarity and shared experience. In this print the development of radical political ends through economic motivations can be seen. Disillusionment with parliament, corruption and the political system can be seen in the Whig M.P represented in the print.