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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...
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...
Post-Structuralist Reality of Mexican Poetry
Post-Structuralist Reality: Mexican Poets’ Determination to Remain within a Fever Dream “Any life, no matter how long and complex it may be, is made up of a single moment - the moment in which a man finds out, once and for all, who he is.” - Jorge Luis Borges “One concept corrupts and confuses the others. I am not speakin...
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...