(The Bell Jar, p.296). Conversely, the title of "The Handmaid's Tale" is straightforward which gives an initiative to the reader that it is a story of a handmaid struggling to survive in the midst of the cruelty. From the literary analysis of the novels it is evident that, both stories have similar themes and both authors used female characters to convey their feelings about feminist issues, especially in terms of loneliness and isolation. However, there are many diversities between these two stories, especially in terms of structure and style. In a nutshell, "The Bell Jar" and "The Handmaid's tale", are indeed, literary gems in the field of feminist literature that would definitely satisfy the literary thirst of their aspiring readers.
It is through their use of gendered gothic elements that Austen and Lewis are able to play with the reader’s reaction to the novels, relating to the female and male characters within the texts. In turn, Austen and Lewis use the male and female conventions of the gothic novel to explore the supernatural in unique ways. Works Cited Austen, Jane. Northanger Abbey. Public Domain, 1890.
It is important in reading these novels not to pass over certain female characters no matter how minute their roles seem to be. In the case of Frankenstein, all of the innocence the women provided helped give detail to the destructive paths of Victor and the creature. In The Picture of Dorian Gray, Sibyl proved to be a major turning point for Dorian even though she appeared in the first half of the novel only to be a simple love interest of Dorian's. Through these stories the authors show the influence that women have on the world and their importance in life.
All of these factors help... ... middle of paper ... ...ncement of their personal charms…”, Austen is going against the ideas held about women and greatly satirizing them. Austen employs many ideas and means within Northanger Abbey to give it the multitude of dimensions it has. Not only does it carry on with an interesting and thought out story, but she also uses this voice of hers to successfully satirize gothic novels and inaccurate thoughts about women of her time. By creating an altogether divergent plotline to that typically found in a gothic novel as well as apply other perfectly accurate aspects, Austen points out what she deems to be flaws and comically criticizes them. She also creates her female characters as what they were stereotypically thought to be, thus confronting that issue as well.
Paying close attention and giving a deeper evaluation of the foiled characterizations, the dialogue between characters, point of view, the audience is able to identify Austen's portrayal of women in the novel and their correlation to her own personal feminist points of view. The feminist criticism in literature isn’t just one popular belief that a society stands by. The feminist criticism analyzes “...or undermines the economic, political, social, and psychological oppression of women” (Tyson 83). What isn’t understood about this critical theory is that it has such a wide range and variety of
Although the stereotype of women being very emotional beings is extremely subjective, it is, more times than not, very true. And I, being a woman, can vouch for that idea, even though I would rather not admit to it. Garrison and his writers, knowing this, played to women’s emotions in the urge to get them more involved. And this notion later helped women bring others into the movement by using their own emotions to play on the h... ... middle of paper ... ...me. The way that the author used personal diary entries in her book to illustrate the way that abolitionism affected the women’s lives was extremely effective and helpful in giving a more well-rounded and in-depth understanding of the event.
These novels further explore these women’s relationships and emotions, proving that throughout the ages of history women have wanted quite similar things out life. Similarly they interconnect in the fact that the end of the stories are left for interpretation from the reader. Both these women in these novels are being woken up to the world around themselves. They are not only waking up to their own understanding of themselves as women and individuals that are not happy in the domestic world of their peers, but they are also awakening themselves as sexual beings. Again, even though it may not seem like very substantial evidence, there is the comparison of both Edna Pontellier and Janie feeling like outsiders.
Firstly is the use of character foils which work to create the district female characters in each novel. Another literary device used is the setting of each novel which sets the background for the treatment of the women within them. Finally, point of view is used to immerse the reader within the emotions of the female characters as they face disturbing and degrading situations. These devices come together to create the theme that one must discover their own power in
She tells him, “Mr. Heathcliff, you’re a cruel man but you’re not a fiend. ... ... middle of paper ... ...ifetime of bliss. By tracing this development, perhaps modern day heroines can learn to utilize their own inner strengths, overcome great hardships, and gain a new perspective. Through the study of gothic fiction, aspiring novelists can learn how to create a character arc for their female characters which revolves around her own agency as opposed to the acquirement of a significant other.
Women's Identities in The Color Purple by Alice Walker and Behind a Mask by Louisa May Alcott Alice Walker’s novel The Color Purple has a rich array of female characters to examine when answering the above question. I feel that Louisa May Alcott’s short story, “Behind A Mask” offers an equally rich array of female characters to consider. Through the course of this essay I will show how Walker and Alcott used different narrative techniques and made different use of language and dialogue to create their characters; and how they each respectively created very powerful pieces of work, identifying with their characters and the problems and obstacles faced by them in their everyday lives. The Color Purple is written in the epistolary style where the main character writes letters to God. These letters are like a diary where Celie tells her story.