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The Theme of Isolation and the Coulibri Estate in Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
"Antoinette is trapped between two cultures, clearly without status, a condition which is clearly linked to her descent into madness" In light of this view, consider Rhys' presentation and use of setting in Wide Sargasso Sea. Isolation is a key theme in wide Sargasso, and Rhys uses setting to allude to this. The Cou...
The Relationship Between Rochester and Antoinette in Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
"Antoinette can be read as a victim of a dominant discourse (a European, white male one at that), which discourages any syncretic possibilities." Rhys adopts a dominant narrative voice in part two of the novel to stress the presiding nature of Rochester and thus the damage that many white Europeans have done to the Ca...
A Character Analysis of Sheila Mant in the Story The Bass, the River, and Sheila Mant
Analytical Paragraph In his story “The Bass, The River, and Sheila Mant” W.D. Wetherell gives Sheila Mant several characterizations. Here is the first one, “I’m playing outfield,” she said, “I don’t like the responsibility of having a base.”(1) By the phrase “I don’t like the responsibility” Sheila describes herself as a...
An Analysis of Fifty Shades of Grey Using McKerrow's Critical Rhetoric
A Criticism of Fifty Shades of Grey For my analysis of Fifty Shades of Grey, I will be using McKerrow’s Critical Rhetoric. It discusses pointing out the source of power in the book, and then identifying a way to rectify the situation. Fifty Shades of Grey is dangerous for three reasons: it’s a misrepresentation of BDSM, it...
An Exploration of the No-Reason View of Love by Aaron Smuts
Reasons of Love Aaron Smuts is an avid defender of the no-reasons view of love. He argues that love can never be justified and so is neither appropriate nor inappropriate. Love is an attitude that is inherent, akin to hunger, and is thus not responsive to normative reasons. According to Smuts, we can explain causally why...
The Role of Women and Marriage in American Literature
Marriage and Women in American Literature During the late 1800’s, Women writers such as Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Kate Chopin began to explore the concept of marriage in their short stories such as The Yellow Wallpaper and Story of an Hour; however the concept of marriage has changed since then. These stories vocalize t...
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 Role of Women in Different Annotated Bibliographies and Literary Works
For our special edition of Jane Eyre, it seemed important to focus on providing readers with contextual knowledge of expectations and modes of development and education for women, and perhaps focusing on Charlotte Bronte’s own development and background influences. The five articles we considered include an article against...
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...
An Analysis of a Literary Piece Focusing on Mexican-American Women
The story centers in the life of Esperanza, a miner’s wife who lives in a little village called San Marcos, but Anglos changed the name to Zinctown because the town happened to have zinc mines. Esperanza’s family is very humble and poor; Ramon, Esperanza’s husband decides to organize a strike to fight against segregation an...
An Analysis of the Book Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl
One of my favorite books that I read this year was Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl. It is a true story that is adventurous and exciting. Heyerdahl is like Odysseus in that he battles the sea and its creatures because of his curiosity. Thor travels on a raft with five other crew members from Scandinavia to prove a theory. Thi...
The Development of Radical Feminist Ideology Portrayed in Various Literary Works Throughout the Years
The breaking down of separate spheres between men and women seems improvable unless achieved through an act of violence. However, the winner of the conflict, whether it is a man or woman, would use victory as a means to dominate the apposing gender. Rokeya Hossain, author of Sultana’s Dream, describes what would happen if t...
An Analysis of the Roles of Men and Women in the Novel Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell
When Elizabeth Gaskell begins her novel, Crandford, with the sentence, “In the first place, Crandford is in possession of the Amazons […], all the holders of houses are women,” one’s immediate response is to label this novel as extremely feminist (Gaskell 1). On the contrary, Crandford is a novel that views men as “[having]...
A Critique Towards the Behavior of Dark Colored People Who Are Not Comfortable with Their Skin Color in Nalo Hopkinson's Short Story The Glass Bottle Trick
In the short story, “The Glass Bottle Trick”, by Nalo Hopkinson, the author criticizes the outrages behavior of dark colored people whom are not comfortable with their own skin color and the extreme actions these people took, even after the civil rights movement. In the story, this is shown by Samuel’s reactions to his wiv...
An Overview of the Issues of Identity in the Poems An Unknown Girl and Presents From my Aunts in Pakistan
Both poems are centred around the idea of identity- yet the meaning and the structure of the poems is very different; PFMAIP (‘Presents from my Aunts in Pakistan’) is very explicit about the author’s feelings whereas in AUG (‘An Unknown Girl’) the reader has to infer more to learn about her feelings. Just this I think repre...
Gender and Imperialism in Sultana's Dream
Gender and Imperialism Sultana’s Dream offered a unique perspective of the gender roles within the Indian society as the narrator imagined an opposite society of her land. Most formally known as ‘Ladyland’ by Sister Sara. The short story is a refreshing perspective on the gender roles. As the setting is fantasy, the added...
Audre Lorde's Poetry and Writings
Audre lorde’s poetry and writings such as “A Woman Speaks,” “Who Said It Was Simple,” “Uses of the Erotic,” and ‘The Black Unicorn,” address dominant feminism’s rejection of Black women’s oppression by highlighting the ways in which white feminists speak for non white women while simultaneously ignoring the different realit...
An Issue of Gender Identity in Marjane Satrapi's The Complete Persepolis
Gender Identity in The Complete Persepolis In Marjane Satrapi’s The Complete Persepolis, she expresses her own segregated young life in Iran and Austria. Her family opposed the government’s fundamentalism, and Marji was raised to be opinionated and questionable. Her experiences show readers how restricted and unfair lif...