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Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique

- Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique The Feminine Mystique is the title of a book written by the late Betty Friedan who also founded The National Organization for Women (NOW) to help US women gain equal rights. She describes the "feminine mystique" as the heightened awareness of the expectations of women and how each woman has to fit a certain role as a little girl, an uneducated and unemployed teenager, and finally as a wife and mother who is happy to clean the house and cook things all day....   [tags: Betty Friedan The Feminine Mystique]

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Analysis Of The Feminine Mystique, By The Gray Flannel Suit And The Black Boomer Era

- ... Betty seemed to have less control of the house while Don was at work, and Betsy was more subtle and had more authority. At the end of the day, when the kids were in bed and the house was clean, they would be in bed, their hairs would be all done up, and they would be ready for their husbands to come home to bed. This was known as the “perfect, typical American life”, and it was portrayed that way in Mad Men (I-1). The husband, children, and a beautiful suburban house were wanted by women for the longest time....   [tags: Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique, Marriage]

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The Feminine Mystique

- Betty Friedan, after experiencing feelings of depression, self-loathing, and dissatisfaction as a mother and housewife, published The Feminine Mystique in 1963. The book, which focused on the “problem that has no name,” promoted awareness of society’s pressure on women to be seen in a certain way, especially in advertising. As Joyce Hart points out in her essay, this propaganda told women that being a wife and mother was all there was to their lives, and that they had to find meaning by standing in their family’s shadow....   [tags: Betty Friedan, motherhood, sex discrimination]

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‘The Feminine Mystique’ by Betty Friedan

- The Feminine Mystique, by Betty Friedan, London, Victor Gollancz LTD, 1963, 410 pp., ISBN 0-575-00951-9 ‘The Feminine Mystique’, first published in the year of 1963, is widely acknowledged as one of the most influential books in the 20th century as well as in the history of feminism. (Fox, 2006) The book signals the beginning of the second wave of the feminist movement as feminism literature to illustrate and analyse female problems in 1960s America. (Fox, 2006) At the same time, it is a declaration to proclaim an era in which American women strove towards the equality that females refused to be subordinate to patriarchal ideology anymore....   [tags: Book Review, Literary Analysis]

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The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan

- During the 1960’s women wanted to define their own identities in society, whether that is of a housewife role, establishing a career or both. This identity push into American society created the Women’s Liberation Movement for a majority of women within the 60’s. During this period several women stood out as activists to establish safeguards against discrimination on the bases of sex; Betty Fridan, Carol Hanisch and Gloria Steinam. Each activist clearly demonstrated in their tone and message within their articles, books and speeches how to achieve the overall goal to cease the myth that women were fulfilled in their role as housewives....   [tags: Women Roles, Identity, Analysis]

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Betty Friedan's Feminine Mystique

- Betty Friedan's Feminine Mystique In Feminine Mystique, Betty Friedan wrote about women's inequality from men to women's equality to men. She also wrote about women accepting the inequality to women fighting for equality. Friedan comes across to me as a woman with strong beliefs who puts a lot of effort and information in her book. I wasn't aware that this book would give such an extreme amount of information....   [tags: Feminism Analysis Friedan Mystique]

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Feminine Mystique and Black boy Comparison

- Feminine Mystique and Black boy Comparison Fighting for survival and status within the world has been in affect since the Stone Age. It starts with man against beast battling for survival. As time goes on, so does the type of battle, from beast to man against man. When conquerors from Europe come over to North America they push the Indians west because they, the Indians, do not fit into the society the white man creates and there are differences that are noticeable. Later on there becomes discrimination against blacks with the Jim Crow Laws and the silencing of women....   [tags: essays papers]

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The Feminine Mystique

- In the books we have read this semester there have been many different female characters. The female characters have played a wide variety of roles, some are completely powerless such as Andromache and Marx's portrayal of women and others have held very influential roles for example: Hera, Cleopatra, and Darwin's portrayal of the female. My paper will discuss the importance of these powerful female characters, their effects on other characters, and an analysis of how these females are viewed. According to Darwin, the female species holds the power of discrimination....   [tags: Comparative Literature]

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Women 's Rights Action League

- ... Friedan describes a situation in which there were mothers having coffee and one of the mothers referenced “the problem, and they all knew” what she was talking about.4 She describes that they “began, hesitantly, to talk about it.” Friedan said that it was not considered correct to talk about issues like that because men talked about the important issues while women were supposed to talk about their families, cooking tips, etc. Since they thought they were alone in having this kind of feeling, it was reassuring for women to know that in actuality they were not alone, in which Friedan shows this by saying that “two of the women cried in sheer relief.” As a result, Friedan gave out a que...   [tags: Betty Friedan, The Feminine Mystique]

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The Feminine Mystique and the Organization Man

- For many years society has embraced the idea that the difference between men and women were biologically determined. Others see not only the physical but also the social, emotional and intellectual differences between males and females. Though through traditions, media, and press, we act accordingly to how others view us. Each individual has pressure placed upon them based on their genders. Our sex is determined by genetics while our gender is programmed by social customs. Gender roles by definition are the social norms that dictate what is socially appropriate male and female behavior....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Comparing Suppression of Women in Feminine Mystique, Radicalesbians, and Trifles

- Suppression of Women through Isolation in The Feminine Mystique, Radicalesbians, and Trifles It is far easier to break the spirit of one human being than that of a united group of people. Betty Friedan’s "The Feminine Mystique", "Radicalesbians", and Susan Glaspell’s "Trifles" come to the same conclusion: isolation and separation caused women to be vulnerable to domination by male society. Social stigmatization by men, an inability to describe the situation, and a lack of personal identity kept women apart from one another....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]

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Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique and Sue Kaufman's Diary of a Mad Housewife

- Betty Friedan's The Feminine Mystique and Sue Kaufman's Diary of a Mad Housewife Bettina Balser, the narrator of Sue Kaufman’s Diary of a Mad Housewife, is an attractive, intelligent woman living in an affluent community of New York City with her successful husband and her two charming children. She is also on the verge of insanity. Her various mental disorders, her wavering physical health, and her sexual promiscuity permeate her diary entries, and are interwoven among descriptions of the seemingly normal and easy routine of a housewife....   [tags: Friedan Kaufman Diary mad Housewife Essays]

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The Feminist Mystique

- Betty Friedan is either a liberator and creator of the vast second wave of Feminism or she’s an oppressive, opportunistic individual who simply represents a narrow demographic in the loudest possible way. Her book, The Feminine Mystique, has been used to both support and deny these claims. Proponents of her book say it was an important publicization for the idea that women need something beyond children and a husband for happiness and life satisfaction.1 However, opponents, like historian Joanne Meyerowitz, author of the book Beyond the Feminine Mystique: A Reassessment of Postwar Mass Culture, 1946-1958, state that not only did her book displayed information that was blatantly false, but he...   [tags: Betty Friedan, Literary Analysis, Feminism]

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Feminine Psyche in The Odyssey

- Feminine Psyche in The Odyssey The Odyssey has much to teach us about the feminine psyche. The feminine psyche is the way that the female mind and soul react to and process situations. Females are generally faithful, giving, and respectful to their mates. We have an insight into the feminine psyche in several things that Penelope does. The weaving and unweaving of the shroud and the test of the bed are two examples of the way Penelope thinks. She does what is thought to be her duty to her husband to resist the suitors and remain faithful and loyal to her husband....   [tags: The Odyssey Feminine Psyche Essays]

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The Evolution of Feminine Freedom: That Long Silence Woman by Shashi Deshpande

- – A Study of Shashi Deshpande’s That Long Silence Woman is a currently complex being and her evolution is a study of perennial interest. In recent times the image of the middle class Indian woman has undergone a rapid change. Women are now more articulate. A sizeable portion of them are active in professional and public life. Although there is an apparent change, the basic roles and presumptions about women’s world remain the same. The move of the New Woman from home to the world and the hurdles she has to cross analyze factors hampering the movement of the modern Indian woman....   [tags: femenine freedom, transformation]

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The Pilgrims and the Pilgrim Mystique

- The Pilgrims and the Pilgrim Mystique - A Blend of Myth, Fiction, and History [1] At the conclusion of the film Plymouth Adventure, the Pilgrims, physically and mentally, have withstood the rigors of persecution in their homeland, of the long and difficult voyage, and of their first year in the wild, desolate New World. Ultimately, this paradigm becomes the emblem of the founding of our nation and the beginning of a whole panorama of different versions each time the story is retold--some of them factual and some of them mythical....   [tags: American History Research Papers]

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Impact Of Globalization On Feminine Beauty

- Question I am very interested with the idea that identity is not fixed, that it becomes something flexible and is therefore able to change and transform. I want to find out more about what influences personhood within different cultural contexts in an interconnected world. The question that I came up with is “how does globalization influence feminine beauty from society to society?” It originated from the textbook question “how does the concept of personhood vary from society to society?” (Robbins, Cummings et al....   [tags: Culture, Globalization, China, Sociology]

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Feminine Narrative in The Color Purple

- Such as Alice Walker’s The Color Purple, sentimental novels are developed on the readers’ ability to sympathize and grieve with the characters. Emphasizing on this matter, the author of “Narration Produces Gender: Femininity as Affect and Effect in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple” – Robyn R. Warhol analyzes the novel’s narrative techniques of producing a “good-cry”. The author proposes that the novel has effective handling of “internal focalization”, which allows the sufferer’s perceptions to stand out....   [tags: Alcie Walker, African American literature]

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A Research On Feminine Beauty And Grace

- Lorber notes, “images of modern women athletes tend to focus on feminine beauty and grace (so they are not really athletes) or on their thin, small wiry androgynous bodies (so they are not really women)’ (1992:43), while images of male athletes tend to focus on strength and power (Tagg 2008: 410). Connell (2002) suggests that “people typically take gender for granted in everyday life and assume that gender differences and gender relations are natural (as cited by Tagg 2008:410)”. Research into gender inequalities in sport is sparse, and those studies that do exist have come predominantly from male-focused studies, only two studies exist on male participation in netball and just one on mixed...   [tags: Gender, Male, Female, Sex]

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Cheerleading Is Not Always Be A Feminine Sport

- Cheerleading has not always been a feminine sport. In the 1880’s, Princeton University created an all-male pep club to the football game against the University of Minnesota. Since then cheerleading has evolved profoundly. In the late 80’s Cheerleading competitions began with the help of the Universal Cheer Association. Cheerleading Competitions require a vast majority of time dedicated to practices and teammates. The process of creating a routine no longer than two-minutes and thirty-seconds, with at least one cheer, and a segment of music is very time consuming and stressful on the squad....   [tags: High school, Cheerleading, Middle school, Dance]

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The Feminine Ideal in The Bell Jar

- Throughout The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath explores a number of themes, particularly regarding the gender roles, and subsequently, the mental health care system for women. Her 19-year-old protagonist, Esther Greenwood, is the vessel through which Plath poses many probing questions about these topics to the reader. In the 1950s when the novel was set, women were held to a high standard: to be attractive but pure, intelligent but submissive, and to generally accept the notion of bettering oneself only in order to make life more comfortable for the significant male in her life....   [tags: sylvia plath]

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Subjugation of Sacred Feminine in Peru

- In 401, a mob led by St. John Chrysostom destroyed one of the most sacred monuments in Ancient Greece: The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus. The city of Ephesus had been a center for goddess worship since the city’s dedication to the Phrygian mother goddess, Cybele, or mountain mother. Under the Grecian Empire, and later the Roman Empire, Ephesus continued to be a center for goddess culture, with sites dedicated to Artemis and her roman equivalent, Diana. After Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire, during the rule of emperor Theodosius I in the year 380, the pagan temples were destroyed....   [tags: World Civilization ]

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Feminine Oppression in The Yellow Wallpaper

- Women have always struggled to gain attention from men as well as equality with them. Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" has a dominant theme of feminine oppression. It is a symbolic work of literature because women in the era in which this story was published were treated in much the same way as the narrator was on a daily basis. Male dictatorship over women is rampant within the illness and treatment of the unnamed narrator, the characters in the story, and the many symbols that serve to confine the main character....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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The Odyssey : The Feminine Touch

- ... Athena 's first act of help actually was when she pleads to Zeus to let Ulysses reach home Athena states "O Majesty, O father of us all, if it now pleases the blissful gods that wise Ulysses reach his home again .... He must warn off that wolf pack of the suitors who prey upon his flocks and dusky cattle" (Page 4 line 106-120) this is where it all starts with Ulysses embarking in a journey back to his kingdom and his family. She also helped guide Telemakohs, Ulysses son in decision-making when he had to start taking over his father 's kingdom so she tells him these encouraging words "Listen now to what I say: at day break call the islanders to assembly, and speak your will, and call the...   [tags: Odyssey, Odysseus, Penelope, Marriage]

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Feminine Power, Undetected by Men

- Feminine power is a powerful tool that is undetected by men. Men may be stronger but women are smarter. In both stories 1001 Nights and Bewitched, women use their power to control and change the men in these stories for the better. Throughout history stories have been written on the bodies of women, this also being that if a man doesn’t show control over his wife then it is a sign of weakness and lack of masculinity. From ancient times to current times men view women as sneaky and manipulative in the way they go about persuading men....   [tags: 1001 Nights and Bewitched]

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Reading As A Feminine Activity

- ... Alongside this Coles and Hall (1997) found that as children get older they have already embedded the thoughts that there are genderised activities and that reading is for girls. The boys in this study also claimed that they have believed this since primary school. Although this research is not as current as other pieces it is something which holds true with studies carried out by Atkinson (2006) which support the idea that many boys still believe that certain activities are for boys and some are for girls, with reading being for the latter....   [tags: Motivation, Educational psychology, Peer group]

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What Makes A Person Feminine?

- ... During the meeting with the head of the company, Peter says yet another insulting comment, “Women are not people, they are devices built by the Lord Jesus Christ for our entertainment.” Appalled by the comments Peter made, he was sent to an all women’s retreat to receive sexual harassment training and get in touch with his feminine side. After falling from a tree at the retreat and hitting the grown hard, Peter regains consciousness as a whole new person. Peter claims that from this fall, he has felt women’s pain, and from there on out he is going to be a changed man....   [tags: Woman, Gender, Childbirth, Femininity]

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Societal Standards of Feminine Beauty

- ... Mainstream magazines and advertisements are another potent source of idealized images of women. “Findings of one study indicate that 83% of teenage girls reported reading fashion magazines for about 4.3 hours each week” (Thompson & Heinberg, 1999). Female’s motivation behind reading these magazines and advertisements are to obtain information about beauty, fitness, grooming and style. Magazine and advertisements are marketed to help women better themselves by providing information and products that are supposed to make them look and feel better....   [tags: looks, beauty, image, social, self-schema]

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Sociocultural Standards of Feminine Beauty

- Introduction Mass media can be defined as the means of communication that reaches and influences a mass market in a short time (“thefreedictionary”). Some examples of media platforms used to deploy mass media messages are televisions, newspapers, the internet, social networking sites, magazines, and the radio. Mass media messages can come in the form of videos, audios, pictures and even words. Most people are an audience to mass media daily, and we take in all sorts of information, sometimes without even realising it....   [tags: mass media, body image]

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Feminine Masculinity

- Feminine Masculinity Given that the structure of gender qualities has been a large part of our views, in regards to a variety of issues, a number of people take exception to variances from within these rules. Keeping this in mind, we will discuss the reasons why many individuals are discouraged from crossing traditional gender traits, and closely examine parts of the article assigned for this paper. In consideration of the editorial by Newsweek (2008), the author clearly uses the following lines to assert masculine characteristics, “I handle lithe, lovely women, engage in duels and delight in the experience of an exotic locale [, and] well, maybe we need to step outside” (as cited in Macioni...   [tags: Gender Studies]

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Masculine and Feminine Norms and Gender Identity

- Throughout today’s society, almost every aspect of someone’s day is based whether or not he or she fits into the “norm” that has been created. Specifically, masculine and feminine norms have a great impact that force people to question “am I a true man or woman?” After doing substantial research on the basis of masculine or feminine norms, it is clear that society focuses on the males being the dominant figures. If males are not fulfilling the masculine role, and females aren’t playing their role, then their gender identity becomes foggy, according to their personal judgment, as well as society’s....   [tags: Gender Identity, Scoiology, Feminism]

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Women 's Feminine Leadership Style

- ... Despite a whole variety of qualities, I have picked six representative ones to analyze as below. Women are hungry to learn and they walk the walk when it comes to lifelong professional development. More often than not, they look for ways to grow and evolve, checking their ego at the door. Not only do they learn from professionals or upper-level people, but they are also willing to learn from their employees, teammates, etc. A leadership role is earned and must be constantly cultivated, and women know this requires continuous training and development....   [tags: Leadership, Gender, Emotion, Sociology]

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Literary Techniques That Describe Feminine Strength

- Several people regard women as inferior figures in this global world. Women have challenged the traditional female roles and have gradually climbed up the ladder of equality. They portray a distinct perspective that proves that womanhood can accomplish anything they set their mind to and search for equal gender status. The poems celebrate femininity and highlights the traits necessary for a women to be successful. The ladies in the poems are female-figures that carry themselves with high self-esteem and fearlessness....   [tags: Woman, Gender, Maya Angelou, Gender role]

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Women's Independence in the 19th Century: The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

- “Men weren't really the enemy - they were fellow victims suffering from an outmoded masculine mystique that made them feel unnecessarily inadequate when there were no bears to kill.” (quotegarden) As changes in industry and lifestyle swept the nation in the mid-nineteenth century, questions regarding women’s place in society started to arise. This prompted many women to reevaluate their positions in their own lives. At the time, women were dominantly domestic figures, residing in the house to matronly care for children and tend to household duties not to be bothered with by the husband....   [tags: masculine mystique, marriage]

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Analysis of "A Woman’s Beauty: Put Down or Power Source?" By Susan Sontag

- In her essay “A Woman’s Beauty: Put Down or Power Source?” Susan Sontag masterfully with just few strokes undoes the signification of the mythology of the feminine. She ponders the opposite pair of concepts of beautifulness and handsomest in a deconstructionist fashion. She describes the violent coexistent in which both concepts concur. However, after effectively have exposed the way these oppositions function and understanding the distortion of the myth of the feminine, Sontag fails in giving a “real” solution....   [tags: Feminine, Irony]

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How Women's Freedom to Study and Pursue a Paid Career Has Reduced Fertility Rates in the United States

- Post war America has been subject to rapid social change in the values and attitudes toward women and toward s traditional gender roles. Many women in North America today have left the traditional housewife role in order to participate in education and paid employment, to gain status as an individual as well as to make contribution to family household (Thornton & Cambum., 1979, p.61). The rise in female participation in education and paid labour has been accompanied with dramatic drop fertility, and we can anticipate this trend to continue into the future....   [tags: social change in post-war America]

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The 'Natural' Feminine in Romanticism: A Commentary

- After Bethany and Sarah's presentation, "Nature as Woman," I was interested and confused - as were they, I think - by the multiplicity of contradicting views of nature as it relates to gender. According to dominant views on Romanticism, access to nature required a distinctly feminine perspective. Paradoxically, this feminine perspective, entitled ycleped 'sensibility' was to be taken utilized most effectively by men, yet it rested on 'feminine' "emotion [as] … a more pure response to nature" (Fay 5)....   [tags: Gender Femininity Essays Papers]

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The Feminist Mystique

- The response was overwhelming. Every organization from the Federal government, to the senate, to corporations, to the Roman Catholic Church sought to free the union from communist ties and communist influence. Other unions started to challenge the organization Friedan worked for, which resulted in a rift between the communists and the capitalists within the union. In a decade, the union fell from 600,000 to 71,000.16 Still, Friedan pressed onward to expose inequalities and corporations’ attempts to erode Franklin’s New Deal through breaking unions and exploiting their labor, which included contrast articles displaying the excess lavish lifestyle of the super wealthy against workers who coul...   [tags: Governemnt, Catholics, African American, Latino]

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The Feminine Sea in Moby Dick

- The Feminine Sea in Moby Dick   Melville's novel, Moby Dick, has only men. Melville's men's club sails a sea whose gender changes often and whose personality is resolutely enigmatic. The feminine in Melville¹s novel hides her face in a veil of stars and behind a cloud of words. Literally, Moby Dick is a men's club, with only a glimpse of a woman in the background, or reflected in the stories of the sailors. They seem to have no sexuality, nor any personality. The two full blooded, dialogue speaking characters in the novel are both servants....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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Feminine Sexuality in The Storm

- Kate Chopin's short story 'The Storm'; describes an encounter of infidelity between two lovers during a brief thunderstorm. The story alludes to the controversial topic of women's sexuality and passion, which during Chopin's time no one spoke about much less wrote about. So controversial was 'The Storm,'; that it was not published until after her death in eighteen ninety-nine. The story is broken up into five sections, each filled with small clues and hints that reflect her message. In short, Kate Chopin's 'The Storm'; is about a confirmation of feminine sexuality and passion and a rejection of the suppression of it by society....   [tags: Kate Chopin]

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The Feminine Presence in Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe

- Chinua Achebe’s seminal novel, Things Fall Apart, portrays the difficult struggle of a native African society to preserve its beliefs and values when faced with a powerful and dangerous outside influence. The struggle is most poignantly captured in the story of Okonkwo, a warrior who cannot reconcile his most treasured principles with the changes occurring in his society. It is through the lens of Okonkwo’s passions that we come to know the subtleties of his tribal village, Umuofia, and their complex religious and cultural practices....   [tags: Things Fall Apart Essays]

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Feminine Representation in Shakespeare's Hamlet

- Feminine Representation in Shakespeare's Hamlet        Abstract: This essay employs Feminist Criticism, New Historicism, and Marxist Criticism, to analyze the portrayal of Queen Gertrude and Ophelia.   Because Shakespeare's Hamlet centers on the internal struggle of the Prince of Denmark, the reader focuses primarily on his words and actions.  An often overlooked or under appreciated aspect of the play is the portrayal of the female characters, particularly Queen Gertrude and Ophelia.  There are two scenes in particular that provide insight into this topic.  In Act I Scene III, Ophelia receives advice from her father, Polonius, and her brother, Laertes.  Similarly, Gertrude is confronte...   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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Feminine Roles in Shakespeare's Macbeth

- Macbeth's Feminine Roles   The feminine roles in William Shakespeare's Macbeth are only two, the witches being not human in many ways, and we shall consider only one in great detail in this essay - that of the all-important Lady Macbeth. The witches are considered briefly.   In "Memoranda: Remarks on the Character of Lady Macbeth," Sarah Siddons comments on how the feminine role of the leading lady is not a typical one as regards attitude:   [Macbeth] announces the King's approach; and she, insensible it should seem to all the perils which he has encountered in battle, and to all the happiness of his safe return to her, -- for not one kind word of greeting or congratulations does sh...   [tags: GCSE English Literature Coursework]

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The Feminine Perspective in Othello

- The Feminine Perspective in Othello         Just how do women see things in William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello. What is their perspective on narrative developments. Let’s analyze the feminine point of view in this essay.   It was Emilia’s gift of the decorated kerchief to her husband that set up Desdemona for murder. Helen Gardner in “Othello: A Tragedy of Beauty and Fortune” talks of Emilia’s outlook on things:   Emilia’s silence while her mistress lived is fully explicable in terms of her character....   [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]

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How Interior Design Is Perceived By Society As A Feminine Interest

- ... While it is made to look as though the division of the two sides is merely for display purposes, it serves a greater purpose. It represents the separation of female and male interests, further defined by the use of different language and colors. “Many tasks are portrayed as unalienated labor in the ideal verbal and nonverbal representations which branch out from the cover photo to the magazine’s contents” (McCracken 99). The separation of sexes continues throughout the magazine, but mainly, the contents make it seem as though design is an interest and task for females rather than males....   [tags: Gender, Woman, Female, Male]

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Construction of Feminine Gender Roles in Game of Thrones

- “Tears aren’t a woman’s only weapon. The best one’s between her legs. Learn how to use it.” In the following essay I will seek to establish the construction of feminine gender roles in ‘Game of Thrones’, the HBO television adaptation of George R. R. Martin’s series of novels ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’, which is played out in the fictional kingdom of Westeros. Consequently I will analyse these feminine gender roles from a materialistic viewpoint and discuss how a number of characters, principally female (since we will see how patriarchy is the favoured practice in Westeros), both conform to and reject preconceived ideas of gender performance and representation....   [tags: Game of Thrones Essays]

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Cleopatra: A True Feminine Tragedy

- Cleopatra: A True Feminine Tragedy In Shakespeare's tragedy, Antony and Cleopatra, Cleopatra is efficiently described by Enobarbus as extremely passionate and movable. She possesses all characteristics of a woman in good ways and bad. She is easily swayed by outside decisions and one cannot clearly decipher what she truly wants. She is also extremely manipulative and uses her femininity to her every advantage. It even seems that she is unfit to manage her own matters or to even merely decide what her own viewpoint on a subject is....   [tags: Papers]

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Feminine Autonomy and Erasing the Male Stereotype in Juno and the Paycock

- Feminine Autonomy and Erasing the Male Stereotype in Juno and the Paycock In Sean O’Casey’s play, Juno and the Paycock, he explores many prevalent political subjects, including feminine individuality and autonomy in a predominantly male-powered world. Set in the working-class area of Dublin, during the Irish Civil War, Juno and the Paycock recounts the story of the Boyle family, consisting of Juno, the hard-working mother, “Captain” Jack, the shallow and indolent husband, Mary and Johnny, their two children....   [tags: sean o´casey´s play]

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Destructiveness of Feminine Idealism in Barbie Doll and Barbie-Q

- The phrase, Beauty is only skin deep, does not appear to apply in this era of idealism and perfectionism. From the time babies are born through their adulthood, they are raised to conform to specific social roles. Specifically, little girls are expected to grow up becoming perfect feminine beauties created to bare children and care for their homes and husbands. Sandra Cisnero's “Barbie-Q” and Marge Piercy’s “Barbie Doll” portray the female body and gender roles through the standards imposed by the society that is one of the flawless physical beauty; just like the Barbie doll; the perfect figure, hair, nails, and face and ready to adhere to the expected roles of bearing children, taking care...   [tags: Barbie Doll Essays]

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The Feminine Side Of Male R & B Singers

- “Often” encapsulates the masculine side of male R&B singers through various use of lyrics and imagery. The song opens with The Weeknd staring emotionless into the camera, a blank stare almost as if he is in his own world. Showing very little to no emotion is widely accepted as an extremely masculine trait. In one of Devors ' essays he says “men/who conscientiously avoid anything associated with femininity are seen as exuding masculinity”(Devor 139). This can be interpreted as expressing emotion is associated with being feminine, so by not showing emotion The Weeknd exudes masculinity....   [tags: Gender, Masculinity, Femininity, Male]

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Feminine Narrative in Alice Walker's The Color Purple

- ... Warhol points out the importance of developing from the readers’ identification with “suffering characters” into pure empathy (183). Continuing with the narrative techniques, Robyn R. Warhol mentions the novel’s first-person limited perspective, which gives readers and the narrator “no sense of […] final outcome in the narration” (184). Even though the touch of “shift[ing] in narrative voice and in temporal perspective” from Celie to Nettie can bring “vivid relief” to the story, Nettie is still under the control of “her own consciousness” (Warhol 184)....   [tags: literary analysis]

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Masculinity And Feminine Is Learnt By A Child From Their Guardians

- The aspect of masculinity and feminine is learnt by a child from their guardians implying that gender role is not a concept that is biological but much of a cultural. The Muslim dominated countries have their own gender roles that define their way of life. From the perspectives of how men and women relate, dress to how they carry out their duty. This contrasts the western societies where by gender ideals have changed over the last few decades (Clevard, 2006). The reason as to why such gender roles still inhibit the Muslim world and the western society has changed is because of the cultural ties that have always been maintained by the Muslim societies and broken by the western union....   [tags: Gender, Gender role, Woman, Role]

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The Scarlet Letter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne: Feminine Traits

- Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of The Scarlet Letter, establishes his views towards women in many ways through his strong, passionate characters. Despite this clear incorporation, when does an author’s opinion become confused with reality. Hawthorne clearly presents the heroine of the novel, Hester Prynne, as a contradiction to the typical woman of the 1800’s. Hawthorne sees Hester as a strong woman and presents her actions and characteristics as righteous; however his opinion of a strong woman is flawed....   [tags: Hawthorne's Opinion of Women]

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Heian Period in Japan: Feminine Vernacular Literature

- Preceded by the Nara Period, Heian Japan was the apogee of Japanese aristocratic culture. This period had a well-defined system of hierarchy and order that contributed a large deal of importance to society at that time. Works of poetry and fiction were valued in society. Despite the integration of Chinese influences into Japanese culture, distinct Japanese nativity still managed to bloom in some works of art. Dissecting the dualism of gender, it was widely accepted that women wrote in traditional Japanese style, termed kana, and men wrote in the “borrowed” Chinese language....   [tags: hierarchy, importance, society]

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Feminine Perspective within Othello

- Feminine Perspective within Othello         In William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello, the male characters far outnumber the female ones. This may tend to cause the feminine viewpoint to be shortchanged. Let’s not let that happen – by consideration of same in this essay.   In the essay “Wit and Witchcraft: an Approach to Othello” Robert B. Heilman discusses involvement in the play by Emilia, the wife of Iago:   Emilia’s picking up the handkerchief helps advance the action by contributing to Iago’s deception of Othello, but it is also relevant to her character and to Shakespeare’s conception of the modes of wifely devotion and marital relationship (not to mention its relation...   [tags: Othello essays]

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Othello: the Feminine Perspective

-     Othello, Shakespeare’s tragic drama, has much to say about women and the attitudes of social groups and individuals towards them. Let’s examine, from the top down, from the general to the lower ranks, these outlooks on women and other feminine considerations. Kenneth Muir, in the Introduction to William Shakespeare: Othello, explains the Moor’s blind ignorance of his won wife: Iago begins his temptation on the following morning, and he is able to exploit Othello’s comparative ignorance of his wife....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Feminine Roles in Othello

- Feminine Roles in Othello         A variety of roles have women in them in William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello. Let us in this essay examine the female characters and their roles.   One key role for the heroine of the drama, Desdemona, is to support the general. David Bevington in William Shakespeare: Four Tragedies enlightens us about the hero’s dependence on Desdemona:   Othello’s most tortured speeches (3.4.57-77, 4.2.49-66) reveal the extent to which he equates the seemingly betraying woman he has so depended on for happiness with his own mother, who gave Othello’s father a handkerchief and threatened him with loss of her love if he should lose it....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Feminine Roles in Othello

- Feminine Roles in Othello        A variety of roles have women in them in William Shakespeare’s tragic drama Othello. Let us in this essay examine the female characters and their roles.   One key role for the heroine of the drama, Desdemona, is to support the general. David Bevington in William Shakespeare: Four Tragedies states the hero’s dependence on Desdemona:   Othello’s most tortured speeches (3.4.57-77, 4.2.49-66) reveal the extent to which he equates the seemingly betraying woman he has so depended on for happiness with his own mother, who gave Othello’s father a handkerchief and threatened him with loss of her love if he should lose it....   [tags: Othello essays]

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Feminine Beauty

- Feminine Beauty When defining Feminine beauty one must decide in which time to define it. At certain times women have felt repressed by the term, usually due to the beauty business' influence; while at other times Women have found it liberatory: finding it their bonus as females but not their only power. One will also find that a correlation exists between the women's movement, or lack there of, and society's feelings about woman and their aesthetic appearance. A woman's beauty during the 1910s and early 1920's was not an aspect of one's life to be contemplated heavily....   [tags: Papers]

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The Feminine in William Butler Yeats' Poetry

- The Feminine in William Butler Yeats' Poetry William Butler Yeats had a long history of involvement with women. He was deeply affected by all types of women; from love interests with Mrs. Olivia Shakespear, Maud Gonne and her adopted daughter Iseult, to a partnership and friendship with Lady Gregory, to marriage with Georgie Hyde-Lees, and finally the birth of his own daughter Anne Yeats. These relationships are reflected in his poetry on many different and multi-layered levels. The mentions of women in his work gives the readers some historical content as well as show the development of his feminine idea....   [tags: Poems Women femininity]

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The Feminine Religious Experience in Victorian Times

- The Feminine Religious Experience: Beyond the “Angel in the House” The conception of the Victorian woman as the pious repository for her family's stockpile of religiosity consistently permeates contemporary notions of the gender roles of the era. However, the idealized role of the “angel in the house” was often simply that - an ideal rather than a reality. Women's involvement in religion and spirituality varied widely based on class and level of devotion. Though the majority of women's religious duty consisted of assisting charitable works sponsored by parishes (Heeney 330), women were also employed as local missionaries....   [tags: Victorian Era]

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The New Face of Black Feminine Beauty

- The New Face of Black Feminine Beauty Since the early 1900s, Black women have had a fascination with their hair. More explicitly, they have had a fascination with straightening their hair. The need to be accepted by the majority class has caused them to do so. Though the image of straight hair as being better than coarse hair still hasn’t left the Black community, there has been a surge of non straight hairstyles since the nineteen sixties. Wearing more natural hairstyles, which ironically enough include ‘weaves’ and ‘hair extensions’ has been considered to be more empowered and more enlightened....   [tags: Hairstyles Beauty Advertisements Media Essays]

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Was Sir Gawain Portrayed as Feminine or Masculine in Sir Gawain and The Green Knight

- During the middle ages, sexual completions were a huge part of being considered masculine. In order for men to keep their masculinity from being considered fragile, they would demonstrate their toughness with their thoughts and actions- especially sexual actions. The duty of a man was to keep their lady friends satisfied. If a man was unable to do this, he had failed at being a man. With this being said, it is questioned how Sir Gawain, the main character of Sir Gawain and The Green Knight, was able to maintain his masculinity....   [tags: sexual, father, courageous ]

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Biography of Artemisia Gentileschi and Her Artwork

- Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1654?) was one of the most important women artists before the modern period and certainly one of the most famous female painters from the seventeenth century. Gentileschi’s paintings regularly featured women as the protagonists acting in a manner equal to men. In fact, forty nine of her paintings fall into this category. She was raped at the age of 18 and the subsequent events lent her a certain amount of notoriety. These factors have led many to interpret her artwork as an expression of her role as a female victim looking for revenge through her art....   [tags: art, parinter, feminine]

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A Doll's House, by Henrik Ibsen

- The themes of “objecthood” and “feminine liberation” in Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House as conveyed through the characterization of Torvald and Nora, diction, stage directions and structure in two integral scenes. Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House conveys the story of a wife’s struggle to break away from the social norms of late nineteenth century middle class Europe. Throughout the play, Ibsen focuses on Nora’s characterization and experiences and thus this leads the reader to perceive her as the protagonist....   [tags: Objecthood, Feminine Liberation]

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My Adolescence and My Cognitive Development

- ... I thought everyone was staring at and made fun of me. It made me embarrassed and I believed I was the weirdest person in the world. Fortunately, I eventually found out nobody was not doing so and I was not the weirdest one in the world. Moreover, I experienced identity crisis. Especially when I was a high school student, I came to not understand who I was. I questioned myself who I was and why I was born; however, I could not answer the questions. Thus, I was confused and depressed until I came to think I would find out before I die at least....   [tags: experiments, feminine, audience, identity]

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Descriptive And Feminine Images Of A Street Corner Of Bushwick Ave Right

- ... She came to Ocean City, Maryland to learn the English language and work lightly while studying. Not enjoying working as a hostess in Ocean City, she quit to work odd jobs such as a pool attendant. Before leaving the student exchange program and going back home to the Ukraine, Anka took a trip to Brooklyn, New York to visit a close friend. After falling in love with the New York streets and creative atmosphere, she decided to stay. Anka then worked at a couple restaurants and later on got a job as a bartender, which is coincidentally where she met her husband, Chris, whom she just spent a one-year anniversary with....   [tags: Tattoo, Tattooing, Tattoo studio, Flash]

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Cleopatra, by Cecil B. de Mille, Cleopatra, by Joseph L. Mankiewcs, and Cleopatra Jones, by Jack Starrett

- Feminine sexuality and power has been a controversial topic since the dawn of time. In many ancient societies, females exist as the lesser beings. They were meant only to bear children, and to stay loyal to their husband. Cleopatra VI became one of the first prominent females to exert her power. She reigned as queen of the entire Egyptian kingdom and bowed to no one. Cleopatra used her beauty to get what she wanted and needed for her country, and by doing this, she conquered some of the most politically important men of the Roman republic....   [tags: Feminine Sexuality, Power]

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Portrayals of Patriarchy in Literature, Especially Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

- ““It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” -Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice, Volume I, Chapter I Literature can be seen as a reflection of social evolution. It is in the literary works that we find live accounts of the progressive appearance of individuality in history. It portrays the growth of social equality and ideas on ruling ideologies through the author’s eyes. Patriarchy is one such ideology which is discussed through the works of Victorian female author Jane Austen....   [tags: stereotypes, gender, feminine]

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Where are Tampons in Chinese Market?

- Where are Tampons in Chinese Market. A tampon is a feminine hygiene product that is cylindrical in shape made up of absorbent material. They are used by women and girls during their menstruation and are inserted in the user’s vagina. As compared to sanitary pads, tampons have been recognized as the oldest means used by women during their menstruation to absorb the menstrual blood. Among the first tampons to ever been patented is the Tampax that contains a tube-within-a-tube applicator. Tampons are designed and package in different colors and shapes....   [tags: feminine hygiene product]

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The Feminine and the Hidden; Representations of Mystery and the Supernatural in Elizabeth Gaskell’s Gothic Tales

- This dissertation will examine and analyse two of the macabre and gothic tales from the English author Elizabeth Gaskell (1810-1865); The Old Nurses Story (1852) and The Poor Clare (1857). Indicating and demonstrating how representations of mystery and the supernatural are used as vehicles of imagination, expression and exploration into the hidden depths of the female psyche through the use of Gothic fiction within the Victorian era (1837-1901). I intend to delve and explore into the identity of the feminine-self exposing the darker and intimate issues of the female Gothic, otherwise hidden within the oppressive constraints of the female role residing in Victorian society....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Gender-Based Problems of Women in Management

- Gender-Based Problems of Women in Management Early Research The focus of a good deal of the early research on gender-based problems at work has attempted to determine factors responsible for the problems. As noted by Talley (1988), women in management, especially the upper levels of management, were shown by this early research to have consistently been underrepresented and underutilized. An example of the kind of research that was being conducted at this time can be seen in research conducted by Gerike (1983) who compared a group of 34 women in upper- and middle-level management positions, most of them the sole woman at their level, with a group of 34 men matched to them only by job po...   [tags: Psychology, Feminine Coping Behavior]

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Children Development and Gender Identity

- Gender identity is so important in the developmental stages of children. Identity development in children crosses physical, emotional, and social barriers. Most people believe that gender identity is not an issue until the children hit puberty. However, children develop gender identities I believe starting as young as infancy. Some research has shown that there are three stages to child gender identity recognition. The first stage begins to develop in preschool ages around three and four years of age....   [tags: feminine or masculine, adulthood]

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You Say You Want a Revolution

- The prolonged Cold War and the controversial Vietnam War were only two of the many developments that would rattle the United States during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. The continuing protests on the Vietnam War and growing student protests in the United States helped verify that revolution was possible. The new perspectives of the post World War II generation sought to modify a system that had become static. However, the United States was not the only country shaping new social and ideological understandings, other countries around the world also challenged the status quo....   [tags: Cold War, Vietnam War, World History]

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The Women 's Rights Movement

- ... For a short period many women went to college and worked, but the number of women who stayed in college declined rapidly. Women began to lose weight and have multiple children. Once they had children they would leave their schooling or work behind in order to take care of the children and the house. Women who made the choice to be a stay at home mom typically got flustered and regretted their choice. Women wanted more for themselves (Friedan 411-415). Some say the second wave of feminism came when Betty Friedan released her book The Feminine Mystique....   [tags: Feminism, Women's suffrage, Betty Friedan]

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Disney and Gender Identity

- Disney’s Influence Society cements certain roles for children based on gender, and these roles, recognized during infancy with the assistance of consumerism, rarely allow for openness of definition. A study conducted by Witt (1997) observed that parents often expect certain behaviors based on gender as soon as twenty-four hours after the birth of a child. The gender socialization of infants appears most noticeably by the age of eighteen months, when children display sex-stereotyped toy preferences (Caldera, Huston, & O’Brian 1989)....   [tags: children, consumerism, feminine qualities]

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Examples of Hostile Sexism

- ... Examples of benevolent sexism are: “women should be protected by men”; “women should be placed on a pedestal”. Benevolent sexists realize that women are very important in society as mothers and wives in society, so this perpetuates the “women are wonderful effect”. This discrimination paradox associates positive traits (such as being kind and caring) with women. This encourages benevolent sexism because men feel that they must take care and protect women. However, it should be noted that very few women are placed in this pedestal position (only those who conform to a man’s view of a feminine role)....   [tags: stereotypes, feminine role, leadership]

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Masculine and Feminine Perspectives in Virginia Woolf's To The Lighthouse

- Masculine and Feminine Perspectives in To the Lighthouse       Although subjectivity and objectivity are both constantly at work in today's society, the two concepts have opposite meanings.  We can categorize subjectivity as a quality that dominates the female persona, whereas objectivity is clearly the tool of the male.  Woolf represents these two opposing views in the form of characters.  During the course of a conversation concerning the weather, Mr. Ramsay and Mr. Tansley completely sever logic from emotion and concentrate only on the facts surrounding the matter.  They believe that life can be empirically cut up into millions of facts and truths.  Mrs....   [tags: To The Lighthouse Essays]

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Anna Livia Plurabelle: The Lost Truth of Feminine Subjectivity

- Anna Livia Plurabelle: The Lost Truth of Feminine Subjectivity The oppressed, repressed, and impressed subjectivity of feminism finds a new opportunity to assert its true self against the stultifying atmosphere of modernism and identity-oriented crisis of postmodern ambience by appealing to the unique characterization of Anna Livia Plurabelle which frequently oscillates phallocentrism and proves the me'connaissance of male selfism and female-otherness to establish a new doctrine based on the fact that the male subjectivity as a desceptionary ruling self is subverted through the intermittent alterity that the indispensable feminine Being-Anna Allmazifull-makes possible....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Creation of Feminine Space in Clear Light of Day

- Language constitutes a necessary factor in the analysis of a female voice. Femininity in writing can be discerned in a privileging of the voice: writing and voice are in fact woven together. The speaking woman is entirely her voice for she physically materializes what she is thinking: she signifies it with her body. Woman, in other words, is wholly and physically present in her voice and writing is no more than the extension of this self- identical prolongation of the speech act. What we find is that by adopting a feminine mode of writing Anita Desai is trying to create a feminine textual space, for the woman occupies a space in this world and this allows the existence of a female utterance...   [tags: Anita Desai]

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