Female Literature Essays

  • Virginia Woolf Female Genius In Literature

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    Gabriela Grimaldi Ms. Smith AP Literature 4 March 2014 Virginia Woolf on Attaining Female Genius in the Victorian Era "So it is naturally with the male and the female; the one is superior, the other inferior; the one governs, the other is governed; and the same rule must necessarily hold good with respect to all mankind." Aristotle’s quote rings especially true in reference to the Victorian Era. In the late 1800s and early 1900s men were considered the dominant of the two sexes. Because of this

  • The Female Martyr of Nineteenth Century Literature

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    The Female Martyr of Nineteenth Century Literature The literature of the nineteenth century is abundant with stories about children dying, partially because it was common for people to die young. One of the most popular forms of the dying child in literature is the martyr, who is almost always female. During the nineteenth century, white men held virtually all of the power in American society. The only way female characters could obtain power was through transcendence in death, but white

  • The Community of Female Voices in Arab Women Literature

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    The Community of Female Voices in Arab Women Literature In her memoir, Dreams of Trespass, Fatima Mernissi remembers asking her grandmother Yasmina how one can discern a true story from a false one. The wise old woman, Yasmina, told her granddaughter to relax and not look at life in extreme polarities because "there are things which could be both [true and false] and things which could be neither" (Dreams, 61). "Words are like onions," Yasmina explained further and "the more skins you peel off

  • The Role of Female Characters in American Literature: The Great Gatsby and The Grapes of Wrath

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    For readers who observe literature through a feminist lens, they will notice the depiction of female characters, and this makes a large statement on the author’s perception of feminism. Through portraying these women as specific female archetypes, the author creates sense of what roles women play in both their families and in society. In books such as The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the roles that the main female characters play are, in different

  • Female Monstrosity in Contemporary Literature

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    Literature Review: Female Monstrosity in Contemporary Literature The representation of women in literature has changed immensely throughout the years, especially in more recent times with the feminist movement. Feminist writers such as Angela Carter, Jeanette Winterson and Fay Weldon (three of the writers that were analysed in the sources) have challenged gender roles and female stereotypes by depicting their female characters as monstrous and grotesque, thereby defying male norms of female beauty

  • Examples Of Female Representation In Literature

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    The female motif is often reflected and portrayed diversely dependent on a writer’s ideals. A writer is at liberty to present a female character as he or she pleases. The female motif is often condemned as weak, passive and submissive; while being portrayed as loving and caring. Female portrayal in literature is riddled with stereotypes and male ideals and notions. Female representation in literature often goes beyond just the basis of gender but is also stereotyped by race and culture. The notion

  • Female Identity In Vampire Literature

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    Female identity from time immemorial is linked to the men in a woman’s life. Till her marriage her identity remains to be her fathers and after getting married she is identified as her husband’s. This is the reason why women change their surname to her husband’s after marriage. Even the Indian ancient text like the Manusmriti holds the view that Girls are supposed to be in the protection of their father when they are children, women must be under the protection of their husband when married and under

  • Female Protagonists in Women's Literature

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    Notebook by Doris Lessing, The Lais of Marie de France, The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu, Lillian Hellman's plays, and the poetry of Sappho and Sylvia Plath. Yaeger discusses several qualities of the honey-mad woman, and applies them to the female protagonists in Bronte's writing. [b]y consuming not language, but languages, Bronte's bilingual heroines have discovered an alternative method of placing previously unsymbolized emotions and ideas into practice. The second language serves as an

  • Female Characters in British Literature of 19th Century

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    However, there is a slight difference in describing of a female and a male personality: outer characteristic is much more detailed when describing a female. But it is necessary to cover with both these issues when discussing the personality of a female. Both of the two main protagonists of these two books are beautiful women but the difference is how the narrator conveys the fact to the reader. While prettiness is a natural part of a female for Anne Brontë and her heroine is beautiful, George Eliot

  • Wieland: The Significance Of Female Identity Within Gothic Literature

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    The Significance of Female Identity within Gothic Literature through Clara, Catherine and Judith In Charles Brocken Browns novel Wieland, he presents us with two obvious themes in his novel Wieland, one being gender and the other gothic and when reading, one can identify with female identity when reading it through a gothic lens because of how many perspectives Brown offers the reader to see through. Brown presents women in a way that often changes the reader’s perception of the women characters

  • Science Fiction Finds A New Muse: Feminism

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    the early days of science fiction literature, women authors were at the forefront of the genre. In the article “Science Fiction Finds a New Muse: Feminism,” David Levesley argues that there is a distinct difference between science fiction television and science fiction literature, also known as “fantastical literature”: “While sci-fi TV that bases its lore on feminist ideas and gender studies is still developing, it has long been the case for fantastical literature.” Deven Maloney echoes this sentiment

  • Essay On My Love Of Reading

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    Naylor.) Eventually though I started writing characters I made up, which quickly turned into me writing about myself. Writing was always therapeutic for me, and I’ve always best expressed myself through writing. I think that because writing (and literature) is often such a personal form of expression, that’s what makes it a natural art

  • Comparing Neuromancer And The Female Vagrant

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    Neuromancer, by William Gibson, and The Female Vagrant, by William Wordsworth, are two pieces of literature, which are extremely different in many ways. They are unalike in literary style, geographic location, and time setting. Neuromancer is a science fiction novel, written in nineteen eighty-four, but is set in the technologically advanced dystopian world of the cyberspace future. In opposing contrast as far as setting and type of literature, The Female Vagrant is one poem within a lyrical ballad

  • Creative Writing: The Importance Of Indian English Literature

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    “Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary About ordinary people and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary” -Boris pasternat Literature is incredible that reflects society, makes us imagine about ourselves and our society, allows us to take pleasure in languages and beauty, it can be informative, and it reflects on ‘the human condition’. It is the art form that arises

  • Analysis Of All That Time By May Swenson

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    is in love. In the second and third line we see that the male is weaker “one leaned on the other, as if to throw her down” and in the fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh line we notice that the female has the strength, willpower and is dominating. In the second stanza, line one, two and three we see that the female being dominant makes the male feel broken and intimidated. In line four “the most wind-warped, you could see”, hear we see that there is a major problem between the two. In line five and six

  • The Female Gothic Novel Analysis

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    values rationality (Botting 3). Yet, the gothic genre has been maligned as a ‘marginalized’ literary form in relation to nineteenth-century realistic literature. Juliann Fleenor, in The Female Gothic, further elucidates this: “The Gothic has generally had a negative critical reception. From the first it has been seen as outside the mainstream of literature […]. [C]ompared to the realistic novel, the critics maintaining that the latter is superior because it is more real” (qtd. in Anna Haningerová 14)

  • Analysis Of Twelfth Night By William Shakespeare

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    to lie not in the things themselves, but in the relationships which we construct and then perceive between them” (Hawkes). Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night is significant because it has made a contribution to what Foster refers to as the one story of literature. It was contributed to by preceding authors, contributed by Shakespeare, and is still contributing to new readers and authors. Twelfth Night has a structure that is a replication of the same story, but it is that story that will be continuously

  • Indian Literature In Sylvia Plath's A Silence Desire

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    Indian Literature in English took a long struggling period to be evolved and develop. Under the British colonial rule we hardly see any rare glimpse of women writing. In 1951, a professor in one of the Scottish university told one of literary Indian academics, that there are five or six women writers who usually made the most significant contribution in Indian women writing with the same qualities of Jane Austen, George Eliot, Virginia Woolf, the Bronte’s as well as with Gaskell. But women in here

  • The Myth Of The Latin Woman Essay

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    What It’s Like Being a Woman in Literature Female authors are often classified into their own genre in literature. Being a female author counts as a minority because as in many aspects of life, women lack support and interest from others. This is mainly because for such a long time women were uneducated and had low literacy rates so men were the ones to succeed in literature. Women tend to include their struggles and experiences with being a woman in their work. As for Judith Ortiz Cofer, she relates

  • The Importance Of Sight And Invisibility In Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man

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    begin to get aroused until they climax from viewing the last black boy standing in the ring. The underlying homoerotic oppression pictured in Invisible Man indirectly feminizes the protagonist. Critics, like Shelly Jarenski, argue that the white female characters and the narrator play similar roles in the novel. At its core, Jarenski’s article “Invisibility Embraced: The Abject as a Site