Female Protagonists Essays

  • Female Protagonists in Women's Literature

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    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 emancipatory

  • Strong Female Protagonist Research Paper

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    Strong Female Protagonist vs. Violence Superheroes fight crime the whole purpose of superheroes is to stand against some kind of evil. In the standard American superhero narrative, superheroes all battle against villains and villains are almost always portrayed as being physically beaten by the hero. The appeal to superheroes is that they fight crime and beat evil, in any standard American superhero story it is seen that superheroes normally do resort to violence to fight villains. What normally

  • Reconstruction of Agency and Humanity in Female Protagonists

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    plead for the humanity of their female protagonist, with the intent of having the reader see them as full human beings. Where in one text the writer successfully portrays the protagonist as a human being deserving of sympathy, the other has aspects of form and literary elements that threaten and ultimately fails to provide the objective stated by the writer himself. In Wide Sargasso Sea, Rhys gives new life and identity to Bronte’s Bertha Mason as the protagonist Antoinette Cosway. The novel opens

  • The Struggle for Freedom in Yellow Wallpaper and Story of an Hour

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    two stories are about women who are fighting for freedom, happiness, and the ability to be truly expressive in any way possible. The greatest similarity is between the female protagonists of each story. Each woman is desperately searching for freedom, but not allowed to have it. In "The Yellow Wallpaper," the female protagonist depressed. To treat her sickness, she is sent with her husband to live in a haunted mansion that is supposed to make her better, but it only mak... ... middle of paper

  • The Women of Shirley Jackson

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    The Women of Shirley Jackson Throughout her life, Shirley Jackson refused to fit into society's limited concept of a woman's role.  Her works feature female protagonists who are punished for seeking a more substantial existence than that of the traditional wife or mother.  In most cases, these characters are condemned as witches, ostracized by society, and even killed for their refusal to conform. From her youth, Jackson was an outsider.  Always self-conscious about her obesity and plain

  • Female Protagonist in Hedda Gabler and A Doll House

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    Hedda Gabler and A Doll House are indubitably two of Ibsen’s most well-known and finest works. In both, the central protagonists are women in strained marriages who do not accept societal norms. Both are independently-minded, but Nora in A Doll House still strongly feels the duty of marriage and motherhood, while Hedda in Hedda Gabler seems to think little of the institution of marriage and duty. Both A Doll House and Hedda Gabler were sensational in their times. A Doll House, written in 1879, was

  • goblin market

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    would put forth the notion that it attempts to deal with certain problems Rossetti recognized within the canon of English literature, and specifically with the problem of how to construct a female hero. There are no signifecant female heros in English literature up to the time of Rossetti. Female protagonists exist, of course, like Elizabeth in Austen's Pride and Prejudice, but they have no outlet for heroic action. They are constrained by the gender-roles into which a male-dominated society has

  • Comparing the Portrayal of Women in A Doll's House and Hedda Gabler

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    debated, but this is somewhat irrelevant when considering his portrayal of women. Ibsen had a deep understanding of the nature of women and a strong interest in the manner in which women were treated by society. This resulted in the creation of female protagonists such as Nora Helmer, in A Doll's House, and Hedda Gabler, in a work of the same name. The character traits of each woman are remarkably developed and the portrayal of marital relationships is equally convincing.  Ibsen's emphasis on the Victorian

  • Comparing Female Protagonists In The Hunger Games And Alex Rider

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    This is not how female protagonists are usually portrayed in novels or movies. Female protagonists are usually the damsel’s in distress, and the male protagonists will save the females. It is the same case in the novel Divergent. I this novel the main character is Tris, she is a brave, strong willed character, just like Katniss. The two novels, Hunger Games and Divergent, were both written by females, both of the female protagonists in the books have traits like male protagonists. And in the book

  • Pride And Prejudice-19th-Century Female Protagonist In A 19th Century Woman's Shoes

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    “Pride and Prejudice” - 19th Century Female Protagonist in a 21st Century Woman’s Shoes. Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice’s protagonist, is often described as a “modern woman” in today society by many readers and audiences. Jane Austen uses ideologies, juxtaposition and cultural assumptions to persuade her audience to think and feel a certain way. Elizabeth is a character that is well before her time of the 1800’s in Rural England; her view on marriage is that you marry for love and not wealthy

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

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    watch the Battle Royal, porn, they 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

  • Marele Day's The Life And Crimes Of Harry Lavender

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    individual, hence juxtaposing against stereotypes of a sensitive female. Valentines acknowledges her heartless nature describing herself as a "cold hard bitch, cold hard monster". Repetition of "cold hard" demonstrate Valentines conformity to the heartless nature of conventional private investigators in crime writing, however Day successfully contrasts this against Valentine's maternal vulnerability which conforms to stereotypes of females. Her maternal instincts are highlighted when childhood fears

  • Daisy Miller A Convincing Female Protagonist In H. James' Short Story

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    In Daisy Miller, Henry James is presenting us the nature of Daisy’s character through her relations with other characters, especially Winterbourne, one of the mail characters. Daisy Miller is a wealthy, young, American girl from New York, traveling around Europe with her mother and younger brother. Daisy is spirited, independent, and well meaning, but she is also, ignorant, and provincial, almost laughably so. She offers the opinion that Europe is “perfectly sweet,” talks about the tiring details

  • Female Antagonists In Disney Films

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    antagonist has existed as a plot device, to which Bulman defined as a character that ‘usually represents negative things, while the protagonist espouses positive values.’ (Bulman, 2006, 17). He goes on to expand on the device’s use of conflict and how it is a necessary building block of creative storytelling. This analysis will explore the state of existence of the female antagonist, who has long been argued to be held in a transgressive state of bondage compared to the male. A woman who – as Mallan

  • Film Style Of Neo Noir Film: Neo Noir Film

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    fear of emotional connection that family brings. Doe envy’s Tracy because she represents a life he would want. He kills her after he is unable to play husband with her. This is an element of noir sex with female fetale in noir films. Most noir films are for adults only. They have few to no female characters as in the case of Se7en. This is probably because not child can be subjected to such violence and crime. The plot twist and reversals are visible in the film Se7en. First Doe hands himself over

  • Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?

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    youth to maturity, from innocence to experience of its protagonist, whether male or female. Greasy Lake by T.Coraghessan Boyle and Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been? by Joyce Carol Oates are great examples of traditional coming-of-age stories. The roots of the coming-of-age narrative theme are tracked in the male protagonist’s perspective for Boyle’s short story, while the Oates’ story captures the coming-of-age theme from Connie; a female protagonist’s perspective. In both short stories, the

  • Essay on Social Expectations in Story of an Hour and Sorrowful Woman

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    number of people feel trapped in their own marriages.  Mrs. Mallard in Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” and the unnamed protagonist in Gail Godwin’s “A Sorrowful Woman” are among those who experience such unfortunate.  Only one hour in her marriage did Mrs. Mallard feel really happy; that was, bizarrely, when she was told about her husband’s death.  For the female protagonist in “A Sorrowful Woman,” her marriage was a torment.  All the time, she suffers from grief and sadness.  Both of the women

  • Personal Trait

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    1.) Who are the main characters? (Physical Traits/Background not Personal Traits Yet.) Within the text, Cheyenne Wilder was the protagonist, Roy, Jimbo, and T.J were the antagonist, while Griffin could have been classified as both. Cheyenne Wilder was a sixteen-year-old female with black hair and huge, round eyes. It was challenging for her to complete daily tasks as she was blind and weakened from pneumonia. To illustrate, “…high cheekbones, dark hair, dark eyes- she’s blind” (Henry 19 & 29). These

  • Courage in Little Women and Treasure Island

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    exclaim that ‘the world is coming to an end’ (Little Women p.63) Alcott enhances this action through intertextuality to Pilgrims Progress where Mr Laurence is one of the biggest lions guarding the Palace Beautiful. Beth is the foil for the main protagonist, Jo for whom this behaviour is normal as evidence by her statement of Mr Laurence ‘I’m sure now that I shouldn’t be afraid of him’ (Little Women p.52). This illustrates that there are different levels of courage dependant on the characteristics

  • Fantomina Analysis

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    novelists would adhere to this idea when creating female characters; they often carried few roles. However, Fantomina appears to demonstrate feminist views that were rare, and more radical for its time. Eliza Haywood shows an intelligence and stealthiness in her main character, in contrast to the era’s concept of what a woman should be. This seems to put Fantomina ahead of its time, in many respects. At the start of the novel, Eliza Haywood places her protagonist in a very interesting, unique position, with