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Opression of Women in Trifles by Susan Glaspell
I remember in high school we had to read Trifles for our English class. At first I disliked it, the plot was predictable and the dialogue made the women seem like simple minded beings. Set in the early 1900’s, Glaspell assigns an oppressed tone to her play in regards to the wives and the role they were assigned in that soci...
The Depiction of Women in the Works of Judith Fryer
“The Faces of Eve: Women in the Nineteenth Century American Novel,” written by Judith Fryer, is a brilliant composition. Her composition highlights women of the 19th-century as depicted by, mostly, male authors. Fryer successfully presents a detailed understanding of the different types of women within 19th-century novels...
A Critique of The Woman in Black, a Play by Steven Mallatratt
On Thursday 7th October we went to the Fortune Theatre in London to watch The Woman in Black. The play, written by Steven Mallatratt, based on the novel by Susan Hill had been cleverly adapted and directed by Robin Herford. The play, set in the 1950’s uses metatheatre - a play within a play, to tell the story of Arthur Kipp...
The Difficulties of Balancing a Dream Career and Family for Women in Anne-Marie Slaughter's Why Women Still Can't Have It All
In “Why Women Still Can’t Have It All” Anne-Marie Slaughter details why balancing a dream career and a family is more difficult for women than it is for men. She puts her position into perspective by saying, “I believe that we can ‘have it all at the same time.’ But not…with the way America’s economy and society are current...
The Changes in the Role of Women Throughout the Revolution in the Novel Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
The graphic novel of Persepolis focuses mainly on the role of women and how they changed throughout the revolution. From the revolution, women were by the far the most affected and it was their lives, in some cases, were completely turned around. Women before the revolution and afterwards had very different lives in terms o...
The Role of Gender within the Senegalese Culture in So Long a Letter by Mariama Bâ
The dichotomous notions on the role of gender within the Senegalese culture are brought to attention within this novel; how colonization has marginalized the women who were once able to participate before the Western ideals were introduced to their communities. When dealing with cultural normalities and traditions that are...
A Feminist Perspective on Mahasweta Devi's Breast-Giver: Political Promises of Senator Sanchez in Marquez's Death Constant Beyond Love
Analyzing Mahasweta Devi’s “Breast-Giver” from a feminist point of view, women are simply tools to be used in someone else’s time. In the beginning of the story, a cook gets raped by her Master’s son. When he begs her not to tell, she says “What’s there to tell” (1069)? The cook was simply glad that she had been used in tha...
A Critical View on Judy Brady's I Want a Wife and Its Validity in the Modern Society
She's Got the Wrong Wife Judy Brady wrote her essay, "I Want a Wife," as a description of the "modern" 1972 wife and what's expected of her. The question is, though, does it hold up today? It is my belief that, though some of the descriptions still apply, the argument crumbles to the ground under today's standards. Brady'...
Jane Rosenal's Feminist Fervor in Melissa Bank's The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing
“Pin up your bed, your mirror, your wall, a sign, lady, until you know it in every part of your being: We are destined to delight, excite, and satisfy the male of the species.” –from The Sensuous Woman by J The epigraph to “My Old Man” from Melissa Bank’s The Girl’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing is not one that inspires...
How to Deal with Death in Czeslaw Milosz's In Warsaw
“In Warsaw” To dwell on the pain of the past takes away from the joy that can be experienced in the present. The poet in “In Warsaw” mourns for the deceased of postwar Poland. While he grieves, he is afraid that his writing will be changed permanently by death and despair that surround him. As a writer, he feels res...