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Jenna Hecker Freshman Comp Hoffner Research Paper 5603 Feminism Ellen James and The World According to Garp I begin with an admission Regardless of all political and economic theories treating of various fundamental groups within the human race regardless of class and race distinctions regardless of all artificial boundary lines between womans and mans rights I hold their is a point may meet and grow into one perfect whole wrote Emma Goldman in The Tragedy of the Womans Emancipation Goldmans powerful words summed up the missed part of the vision of Irvings picture of activists in The World According to Garp the feminists of Irvings world were not looking for harmony between the sexes and therefore can not generalize by calling themselves feminists In The World According to Garp by John Irving Jenny is to the fictional movement of Garp a more contemporary version of Alice Paul the leader of the National Womans party Like the Ellen Jamesians the National Womans party were a small militant group that not only lobbied but conducted marches political boycotts picketing of the White House and civil disobedience National Womans movement members were known to starve themselves in support of equality The key difference though between actual womens rights leaders and Jenny though is that Jenny did not fight for anything Jenny lived her life as she saw fit and simply did not bend to her society Jenny wanted to have a baby without a man so she had one Jenny was living for herself and her interests which is not what the womens movement is about Alice Pauls movement was not a quiet passive one like Jennys Jennys book was written about herself and her personal struggle It served as inspiration for women but it did not call them to action they mobilized themselves The actual womens movement leaders mobilized other women to action After 5 weeks in prison Alice Paul was set free The attempts
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