Essay PreviewMore ↓
The feminist approach of the Stone Carvers allows us to look at Klara’s role as a spinster in a new perspective. It allows us to analyze the role of a woman in the first half of the twentieth century.
A woman’s role in the early twentieth century still revolved around serving the male members of one’s family. Klara was tied to the traditional role of a female. She would have chores as well as having to make supper for her father, grand father and sometimes Eamon. Klara was more independence than the average woman because she was taught two arts by two masters. She could tailor suits, and carve wood. She had two skills that were named to be man’s skills. Her knowledge gave her the power to control what happened in her life. Klara was respected in her town for her skills because they usually came to her to make suits. Eamon acknowledged her skill and asked her to make a red suit. Her knowledge of these skills gave her more independence, freedom and power. She was one of the few female members in her community who had their own income. She had freedom to do what she wanted with her life but she was still restricted by her society because she was still a woman.
Time plays a key part in the role of women. In the late nineteenth century, Klara’s grandmother was an excellent tailor. She tailored suits for all members of the community as well as for Father Gstir. She always referred to herself as a seamstress because she was a woman and at this time period a woman’s skilled was less valued than the skill of a man. The battle for equality between men and women is clearly depicted by Helga. Klara’s mother always stated that she was a tailor rather than a seamstress. She valued her skills greatly and taught Klara to be proud. Klara can carve and tailor, so she had more power than the generations of women before her time.
Klara Becker’s role as a spinster in the novel gives her to have an advantage over other women. As a spinster, society allows her to be a bit eccentric. Taking over the farm after the death of her father and grandfather was considered eccentric for a spinster but madness if it was a widow. This shows that the place of the women in this society is not equal to that of a male.
How to Cite this Page
"FEMINIST CRITISM OF THE STONE CARVERS." 123HelpMe.com. 07 Dec 2019
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- The First World War was a major event in The Stone Carvers by Jane Urquhart and Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden. Both books differed while looing at the war because Stone Carvers was shown through the point of view of someone who was home during the war. But Three Day Road was shown more through the point of view in the war. While both books explore the First World War they both present that the war was not what it seemed to be. Soldiers went in thinking they where going to be a hero, but they are just a number, they did not realize that they may lose their life, for their country.... [tags: disorganized, soldier, nameless]
594 words (1.7 pages)
- Is it typical for an average, happy couple to fantasize and even role-play the lives of their neighbors. The answer lies within Raymond Carvers short story “Neighbors”. It is clear that Bill, a bookkeeper, and Arlene, a secretary, find their lives less exciting and are envious of their wealthy, close friends and neighbors, the Stones’. The Millers are described as an unsatisfied couple living vicariously through their neighbors as they are away on vacation. Bill and Arlene impersonate their neighbors, don’t get sexually active unless they have recently visited their neighbors apartment, and travel individually to experience their fantasy instead of fantasizing as a couple.... [tags: Short story, Anton Chekhov, Sexual intercourse]
1053 words (3 pages)
- The Role of Women in The Stone Diaries Gender inequities have existed since the beginning of time. The various roles assigned to men and women in society have served to perpetuate differences that even until the present have not been overcome. These gender differences are evident in The Stone Diaries by Carol Shields. Initially the main character, Daisy Goodwill, is a pathetic, weak woman whose only joy comes from appreciating the small things in life. After a series of personal events, she changes dramatically and becomes a stronger individual. Daisy’s continual need for self-reliance is fulfilled by the changing society around her.... [tags: Stone Diaries Essays]
2800 words (8 pages)
- In the course of human events, women have been subjected to being seen as far less superior than men. Women through most of history have never been seen as equals to men and seen as pitiful and slave like, but women have tried to change the views of society and become equal. Feminist art was a major contributor in helping women fight these societal views during the feminist movement. Many talented women artist banded together during the 1960-1970s to be able fight the societal view as a woman. Their art was sometimes not accepted by society for exploring subjects that were not accepted for that time.... [tags: Feminism, Feminist theory, Gender]
1581 words (4.5 pages)
- Identity is often considered to be you sense of self, and who you believe you are. This often pertains to membership to a certain group, and identifying with people of the same or similar identity to yourself. In the feminist movement there has been a mis-match of identities and a lack of a clear collective identity, which has often led to people not fully understanding what feminism truly means (Bickford 112). Feminism as a movement has been strongly focused on identity politics, this has struck some problems though with collective identities and stereotyping.... [tags: Feminism, Feminist theory, Gender]
1207 words (3.4 pages)
- The Character of Hagar in The Stone Angel Death is a subject that everyone fears because they associate death with their end and not a new beginning. In The Stone Angel, by Margaret Laurence, Hagar is no different. When she faces the reality of the implications of growing old she is faced with a journey, not one of her choice but one of destiny. Through her journey Hagar goes through the five different stages leading up towards death: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and finally acceptance.... [tags: Stone Angel]
1407 words (4 pages)
- The Imagery of the Stone Angel In her novel, The Stone Angel, Margaret Laurence successfully uses the statue of the stone angel to represent the Currie family pride, Hagar's inability to relate and share her emotions, and the blindness and ignorance that results from refusing to consider any other point of view than your own. The Stone angel is symbolic of the Currie family pride because it does not seem to serve it's purpose, which is to honour Hagar's mother who had died giving birth to her.... [tags: Stone Angel]
811 words (2.3 pages)
- The Stone Angle - Theme of Pride Short Summation of Pride-Related Occurrences: The first reference to pride is in the second sentence of the novel: Hagar describes the Stone Angel as "my mother's angel that my father bought in pride to mark her bones and proclaim his dynasty…" (3). Hagar's father was a very proud man, a trait that was passed on to his daughter, and he takes great pride in this "terribly expensive" statue, which "had been brought from Italy" … "and was pure white marble" (3).... [tags: Stone Angel]
649 words (1.9 pages)
- Flower Imagery in The Stone Angel Margaret Laurence uses flower imagery in her novel The Stone Angel to represent Hagar's way of life. There are two types of flowers, wild and civilized. These two types of flowers are associated with the educated, controlled way of life and the material way of life. In summer the cemetery was rich and thick as syrup with the funeral-parlor perfume of the planted peonies, dark crimson and wallpaper pink, the pompous blossoms hanging leadenly, too heavy for their light stems, bowed down with the weight of themselves and the weight of the rain, infested with upstart ants that sauntered through the plush petals as though to the manner born .... [tags: Stone Angel]
750 words (2.1 pages)
- The Feminist Protagonists in The Awakening and A Doll's House The idea of women's liberation is a common theme in both Kate Chopin's The Awakening and Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House. In her analysis of Feminism in Europe Katharine M. Rogers writes, " Thinking of Nora's painful disillusionment, her parting from her children, and the uncertainties of her future independent career, Ibsen called his play 'the tragedy of modern times'" (82). The main characters in each work, Nora Helmer, in A Doll House, and Edna Pontellier, in The Awakening, portray feminist ideas.... [tags: Feminism Feminist Women Criticism]
756 words (2.2 pages)
There was no equality for men and women outside of Ontario either. This is seen when Klara has to dress as a man in order to travel to France and get a job. A woman would not be respected and she would be abused if she traveled by herself. This is because such women were considered to be prostitutes. A man could travel independently on the roads without having his character judged badly. Also when she is in France, the men who are working on the monument treat her as an equal when they believe that she is a man. When her true identity is uncovered, she had to move away from the common room and sleep elsewhere. This clearly proves that men and women were judged by different standards.
Through these incidents in the novel, we are able to see the role of females in mid twentieth century.