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    especially Ireland, women were still frozen within a system of patriarchy that would allow them to do little to express their personal freedom or their ability to think critically and complexly. In Elizabeth Bowen’s The Last September, Bowen explores internal conflicts in relation to the external forces that oppress the characters. One of the most pervasive of these external forces is traditional society and the history of patriarchy and misogyny that it represents. The Last September is a story

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    Christina, though also losing her feminine figure, proves to be the strength against the patriarchy. For instance, Christina tries to disguise herself by dressing like a man and running away from her husband. In doing this, she stands up for herself and for the woman that she is, saying to her conscious that is controlled by patriarchal thought, “And making herself known by raising her finger…’Why delay, fugitive? Why do you respect your feminine sex? Put on manly courage and mount the horse like

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    patriarchal standards.” (Sue Monk Kidd, the Dance of the Dissident Daughter) In Tennessee Williams work A Streetcar Named Desire, the patriarchy of 1950’s America is on full display. This term is used to describe the dominance of men in society, men can and are hurt in its application. The author displays the economical, societal and psychologically effects of patriarchy on each of the main characters. “A society which is characterized by unequal power relations between women and men, whereby women

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    In Kate Chopin’s novel, The Awakening, Chopin criticizes society by emphasizing society’s flaws, such as: expectations of women, society’s portrayal of individuality, and patriarchy. Kate Chopin criticizes society with cynical examples throughout the novel, in order to evince to society their flaws. Kate Chopin evinces these examples in order to society to take notice of their own flaws and “wake up” in order to become individuals and live in a life of liberty. Within The Awakening, Kate chopin criticizes

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    Freedom, Patriarchy, and Racial Oppression The French philosopher Jean-Paul Sarte is known to have established existentialism in France after the liberation of Paris in 1944. Existentialism is the philosophy that states that the values people choose influences the choices they make and how they interpret the meanings of their decisions. When existentialism was introduced in the United States, it challenged Americans to access their ethical standards from a different perspective. America is

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    Women in Ancient Times: from Matriarchy to Patriarchy In addition to age, gender is one of the universal dimensions on which status differences are based. Unlike sex, which is a biological concept, gender is a social construct specifying the socially and culturally prescribed roles that men and women are to follow. Women have always had lower status than men, but the extent of the gap between the sexes varies across cultures and time. Images of women, mostly figurines of the same type as the "Venus"

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    respecting the societal rules, which are sympathetic to patriarchal control. When Evelina admonishes Mrs. Selwyn for rejecting the rules of conversation and society and begging for Mr. Villars approval in all of her actions, she is functioning under the patriarchy. This seemingly youthful and naïve hope is what makes it possible for Evelina to rebuff those that attempt to harm her because she is writing of the horrors to Mr. Villars and asking him, directly or indirectly, if it is acceptable that she rejects

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    Ligeia as a Triumph Over Patriarchy

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    Ligeia as a Triumph Over Patriarchy From the time that "Ligeia" was written, critics have searched for meaning within Poe's story of a beautiful woman who died and returned in another's body. While all critics have moved in different directions, many have arguably found an allegorical meaning behind the tale. Because many literary theories depend on each other, contemporary critics tend not to limit themselves to any single theory. Many critics employ multiple theoretical perspectives at once

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    Patriarchy is a theory that attempts to explain this wide spread gender stratification and effect of social organisation rather than the result of some natural and biological fact. It is originally used to describe a ruler who was complete power in a family. It has been extended to describe a more general system in which power is secured in the hands of adults men. The Canadian sociologist Dorothy E. Smith (1983) describes patriarchy as “the totality of male domination and it pervasiveness in women

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    Patriarchy in Shyam Selvadurai’s Pigs Can’t Fly Woman is not born: she is made. She becomes the symbol of this and that: mother of the earth, slut of the universe and in the making, her humanity is destroyed. ~Andrea Dworkin Patriarchy is a universal system in which women are dominated. Women, in continents as diverse as Iran and China, have been subjugated through social measures such as female circumcision and bound feet. Yet as Andrea Dworkin so neatly stated, subjugation often takes more

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