Characteristics of feminism seen in literature are often depicted by a woman’s surpassing obstacles to escape society’s expectation of her complete dedication of the domestic life rather than pursuing those things that will give her purpose. To gain independence woman need to first escape these confines created by society and have the courage to find their own identities as human beings, rather than females. Feminism is recognizing that both genders carry a heart and brain and thus, should be awarded with the same rights. Both Their Eyes Were Watching God and Feminism is for Everybody explore the constraints that society’s patriarchal norms impose on a woman’s search for her self-identity as well as rebel against its outlook of marriage as a sacred foundation. Throughout various points of the book Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie struggles with the concept of identifying her voice and deciding when to speak and when to be silent. The narrator identifies a positive change in Janie’s self-development at the end of chapter four---Janie recognizes the importance and impact her voice will have on future relationships, “Her old thoughts were going to come in handy now, but new words would have to be made and said to fit them.” (Hurston 32) Janie’s newfound voice paves the way to a self-fulfilled life of independence, shaking her out of the complacency created by patriarchy. This is something that is emphasized throughout Bell Hook’s Feminism is for Everybody. Voicing what our wants and needs is extremely important and should not be put aside for norms created by society in order to subdue women. Women become liberalized once we create value for ourselves independent from appearance. Hooks emphasizes the importance of voice and communication in order to educate those women of true feminism as well as to expand the movement and open doors of liberation from sexism. Society’s perception of marriage as a sacred foundation is defied through Janie’s two failed marriages. The second phase that propels Janie towards self-fulfillment and a life of independence occurs during her second marriage with Jody where she experiences gender role confinement. While Janie believes that marrying Jody will help her realize her dreams, she later recognizes that she is viewed as property and she is expected to play the sole role of mayor’s wife rather than being stimulated to pursue those dreams. This second marriage is the epitome of the unequal subtleties in a relationship and the oppression and exploitation of females created by male dominance. After Jody dies, Janie experiences a profound change. After experiencing a marriage that…
Lucy walked briskly to her schooling horse , Izabeau, her arms full with her riding equipment. A soft nicker was heard over the other horses’ munching sounds. “ Hi, there gorgeous,” she called to the horse “ ready to fly ?” The horse stamped eagerly. She let herself into the stall, and was ready to go when she was startled by a fellow rider , Matt , of whom she was particularly fond of.
“Y-you s-scared me !” she stammered. “Sorry” he muttered. “ Janet is waiting for you, and the others are…
What is Freedom?
Living in Black Americas society, freedom is one on the number of issues that brings out much conflict. Of course freedom is a word which contains inbuilt restrictions. A free society contains individuals who are free to do what they do, whilst respecting the freedoms of others. Freedom can define as many other different definitions. Are we actually living in a society where freedom actually exists to the full extent? Most times we are limited to what freedom is actually…
Victoria A. Marin
Dr. Matthew Christensen
27 April 2014
Sexual Diaspora in Caribbean Culture
It has been over fifty years since Jamaica gained its independence from the United Kingdom, a momentous occasion for all Jamaicans whose cultural identity was sequestered by the imposition of Western colonization. The struggle to achieve its independence was to escape the “powerlessness” Derek Walcott describes as indicative of third world countries or “the ex-colonial world”. Without…
named Lucy, was given a small doll by her parents. The doll was a gift from an ancient great aunt who had now passed away. Lucy was secretly unnerved by the doll which had nasty little black eyes that seemed to follow her around the room and a cross expression on it's face. Nevertheless, Lucy had to accept the doll, as she was well brought up and didn't want to upset her parents by informing them of how uneasy she felt around the doll. Her parents told her the doll was called Arabella. Lucy was even…
others. We as an American society, now so far ahead of our forefathers, have long forgotten their vision and their struggles. Rights are taken for granted and tampered with as we add to the list of what our personal rights should be. Our right to Freedom of Speech has become skewed due to the confusion of our rights versus self-expression.
We have all heard the phrase, “If you don’t like it, don’t look at it” or “If you don’t like what’s on, change the channel”. What happened to our consideration…
To be or not to be
I don’t fully understand the concept of “freedom” some contend that it is their constitution and bill of rights that they deserve and must preserve. However, if a piece of paper tells people what they should and shouldn’t do and what they do and don’t deserve isn’t that still limiting their rights their choice. So what is freedom? Isn’t it to be unrestricted from the chains (or in this case paper) telling them what actions they are…
highway, this is my favorite diner been going here since I was a little lad with my pop. The waiter walked over to my table. I read her name tag which read Lucy in a bland print.
“Lucy, you done did your hair” my eyes followed her frame; I can tell she feels my eyes burn into her skin. “You’re looking tasteful”
“You want the usual?” said Lucy the waiter flipped open her notepad
“You know it” as he hawked a spit-ball “15 years running”
“Alright Cliff, I’ll be right out with your food”
Having the right to say whatever you want is extremely important in this society, maybe even the most important right of all. Imagine not being able to say what you think. The government would completely pulverize our identity and we would not even make an impact in the world. We would just be there. Like I had stated before, great men and women have spoken out and have made great changes. Whether it be speaking out against the government or introducing a new theory, this would…
LUCY S. ADUBEA
Heart diseases have become the leading cause of death in my community.Articles from the
leading newspapers in the city, statistics from the city health department as well as the CDC
tells the same tale.The heart is the size fist and the strongest muscle which controls pumps of
blood around the body. Risks factors contributing to a high incidence of heart diseases in my
community the Bronx are multiples: environmental,…