The short story 'Embroidery', written by Ray Bradbury is one, which
could be classed as a science fiction story with some political
aspects to it. 'Embroidery' ends in apocalyptic terms, where an atom
bomb is dropped. Written in the 1960's meant that the cold war was
still going on and being hit by an atomic bomb was highly possible. I
think that because of this a general reader reading this story in the
time it was written would have found this story frightening and at
that time the story may haven even been slightly controversial.
From a feminists point of view this text would be looked upon with
quite a lot of interest. Firstly, the short story was written by Ray
Bradbury, a male, and so a feminist reader may find it interesting how
women are portrayed in the story compared to the men. The text
primarily deals with a group of elderly women, who seem to be acting
out their normal daily rituals, 'shelling peas' and preparing dinner,
activities, which are normally associated with the stereotypical
housewife. However, in this instance, these women seem to be
independent, a trait which might be admired by a feminist reader.
Throughout the story it could be concluded that these women are
widows, however the women's personal situation is not really delved
into. They are left nameless, unspecific without any personal
background or information of themselves, the story merely presents a
situation which I think was done to allow the reader to associate
themselves with the characters in the story for example a feminist
reader with one of the independent elderly women.
Another aspect, which may i...
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on the road had something wrong with his face." Here the author
instead of meaning the male gender could be generally accusing
mankind. This moral theme is not all that clear or accessible and so
maybe disliked by a reader in a moral critical position. Another moral
topic which is touched upon lightly throughout the story is the
question of technology rapid progress and whether or not it is an
overall benefit to mankind or if it is leading us to our doom.
Overall, I think that a feminist reader would be able to appreciate
this text more due to the implied extent of the feminine and gender
issues raised. For a moral reader this text would be quite
disheartening because the critical position of a moral reader is
describes all good literature as moral and uplifting and this text
hardly seems uplifting.
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