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  • Female Characters In Chopins Awakening - 1,620 words
    "Every step which she took toward relieving herself from obligations added to her strength and expansion as an The Awakening by Kate Chopin introduces the reader to the life of Edna Pontellier, a woman with an independent nature, searching for her true identity in a patriarchal society that expects women to be nothing more than devoted wives and nurturing mothers. In this paper I will describe Edna's journey of self-discovery and explain why her struggle for independence is no easy task. I will also discuss the relationship Edna has with two other main women characters and describe how these women conform or rebel against a society with many social constraints. Finally I will discuss how the ...
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  • How Successful Is Dickens In His Presentation Of Female Characters? - 930 words
    There are many female characters in Great Expectations, but most of them are quite incidental and of no great significance to the plot. Some of them however are essential to the story and play a large part in the plot. Miss Havisham, combined with Estella are the people who are the snobby influence in Pips life, they seem to become desirable characters to Pip after he meets them for the first time at Satis house. Their values do battle with his own at the end of chapter 9; the values that Miss Havisham and Estella have introduced to him, and Joe's humanistic values that he has grown up with. Questions have been raised over whether Miss Havisham and Estellas are believable as actual character ...
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  • Androgyny: And The Will Of Shakespeares Female Characters: A Feminist Perspective - 1,753 words
    Throughout Mans history, women have always been at a disadvantage socially, economically, and politically. Shakespeare realized this and sought to bring the controversy that comes with Androgynous issuesto life. Through strong female characters and the implications of disguises, Shakespeare exposes gender issues. Many critics believe Shakespeare poorly represents women in his plays through intentional exploiting of women with his boy-girl-boy disguises. When in fact, I see Shakespeare as exploiting how women were/are treated through that very use of disguises and the strength he gives his female characters, especially that of Portia (Merchant of Venice) and Viola (Twelfth night)is representa ...
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  • Comparison Of The Female Characters In Romeo And Juliet - 1,198 words
    In William Shakespeares classic play Romeo and Juliet there are three main female characters, Lady Capulet, her daughter Juliet and their Nurse Angelica. They are all very different in their approaches to various life situations; this is partly because they are from different social status, with different backgrounds and outlook on life. In particular their views on love and marriage are very different. Romeo and Juliet was written in the Elizabethan period, during this period going to the theatre to watch a play was a very popular thing, so Shakespeares plays had to fit in with what people of that time wanted to see. Romeo and Juliet was a prime example of what they wanted to see. Many of S ...
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  • Comparing Modern And Nineteenth Century Female Characters - 1,096 words
    Jill Ker Conway, in her book, When Memory Speaks, describes the romantic heroine, the nineteenth century archetypal female (40) literary creation. She is the woman fairytales are made of, the possessor of natural beauty, little known intelligence, and extreme passivity. Her story revolves around her internal desires for romantic love and to become the complement of the male romantic sensibility(41). And as in Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty, the romantic heroines story ends when her one true love sweeps her away into the happily ever after of domesticity (42). In contrast, the modern day plot of Bone, the heroine in Dorothy Allisons Bastard out of Carolina, does not end so happily. She is a gi ...
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  • Female Characters Overcoming Stereotypes - 567 words
    For females to overcome the stereotypes, oversimplified description of a group of people, from their particular society that had cast on them, its like having a revolution within them. Stereotypes are created by people that are described with oversimplified descriptions to a group of people. For instance being as Taiwanese, we stereotypes Americans as outgoing or friendly. By looking at the traditions of the stereotypes of different societies from a female side of the world, general stereotypes for a woman would be submissive, passive, self-sacrificing, and lack in self-confidence. After reading all the stories, I chose three stories that contain female characters in which they overcame thei ...
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  • 'how Does Hardy Portray Female Characters In His Short Stories?' - 1,514 words
    English Litrature 'Thomas Hardy' During the course of this essay I intend to fully answer this question in depth and sufficient detail. This will be achieved by means of tackling separate sections at a time. I will by using the short novel 'The Withered Arm', I believe this is a good example to use, as the two main roles are played by women. These women go through complex emotions and feelings, and as a result they develop a great deal throughout the story. I will be studying the two women 'Rhoda Brook' and 'Gertrude Lodge'. I hope to produce a comparison between these two women and highlight all the way that they differ from each other, and perhaps some aspects in which they are similar. Al ...
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  • Uncle Toms Cabin - 1,231 words
    "So you're the lady whose book started this great war." Abraham Lincoln said this to Harriet Beecher Stowe upon meeting her in 1862. This quote shows the great influence the novel had on the minds of its readers and on a nation in turmoil. At the height of racial tension in nineteenth century America, Stowe revealed the sufferings and hardships the slave was forced to endure. Stowe used passionate and sometimes exaggerated thoughts and stories in the book in an effort to prompt abolitionist action. In the novel, Stowe used strong-minded women that sent a message to female readers that they also can take action against slavery. Although Stowe was on the side of the slave, she sometimes exhibi ...
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  • Fear In Different Genres - 3,021 words
    Fear is defined as a condition between anxiety and terror either natural and well-grounded or unreasoned and blind. Fear is one emotion that everyone dislikes, and it is as unavoidable as night or day. Through the use of novels, plays, films, short stories, and poems it becomes clear that fear is an emotion that the writer like to heighten not only in the protagonist, but also in the reader. After reading great works by people such as George Orwell and Stephen King, it becomes clear that fear in the most uncontrollable emotion, quick to come, and long to last. The horror movies of today may bring about a cheap scare, but to truly fear something is the same as dying a thousand times over. All ...
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  • Sula - 1,483 words
    Many works of contemporary American fiction involve one individual's search for identity in a stifling and unsympathetic world. In "Sula," Toni Morrison gives us two such individuals. In Nel and Sula, Morrison creates two individual female characters that at first are separate, grows together, and then is separated once more. Although never physically reconciled, Nel's self discovery at the end of the novel permits the achievement of an almost impossible quest - the conjunction of two selves. And that is what I think really makes the novel work. I found that it's a great book that gives us a look at these two great characters. Morrison says she created Sula as "a woman who could be used as a ...
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  • Odyssey - 404 words
    Women Portrayed in Homer's The Odyssey Women were very important to the Greeks, and they showed this value in many ways. In The Odyssey Homer shows us the different ways women were looked upon through female characters, such as Penelope, Naussica, and Anticlia. With Penelope, a faithful and loving wife to Odysseus, Homer reveals to us how the Greeks believed wives should act. She was loyal to Odysseus the entire time he was away on his journey, and even when it appeared as if he had passed on she still had faith that he would return. She resisted the suitors on the sole basis that she loved Odysseus and could not see herself with another man when he could still be alive. She was smart, and c ...
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  • Women Of Canterbury Tales - 1,553 words
    Chaucer's motley crew of pilgrims offered a vast deal of insight into life during the 14th century. Many aspects of society were revealed throughout the tales of the many characters. One such aspect prevalent in many of the tales was the role that women played in society during this time. The tales give the clearest images of women are the Knight's, the Miller's. the Nun's Priest, and the Wife of Bath's Tale. In the Knight's Tale, women are portrayed through Emily. Upon first sight of Emily through his prison window, Palamon, the imprisoned knight falls madly in love with her. He exclaims: "I have been hurt this moment through the eye, Into my heart. It will be the death of me. The fairness ...
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  • The Towering Inferno - 1,186 words
    The Role of Women in The Odyssey Women form an important part of the folk epic, The Odyssey. Within the story there are three basic types of women: the goddess, the seductress, and the good hostess/wife. Each role adds a different element and is essential to the telling of the story. The role of the goddess is one of a supernatural being, but more importantly one in a position to pity and help mortals. Athena, the goddess of wisdom, is the most prominent example of the role; Athena has intelligence and independent through the entire poem. Athena also has compassion for Odysseus, devising the plan to help him return home because she feels sorry for him. In the very beginning of the story she ...
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  • Homers Odyssey - 1,475 words
    One of the most famous works from the early Greek era is Homers The Odyssey. It details the journey home of a war hero, Odysseus. His homecoming entails many adventures, many of them carrying reflective themes. The Sirens are one episode that he must overcome. This episode contains many prevalent themes that are repeated throughout the work. Though the varied episodes differ in terms of characters and settings, most are based on similar patterns of plot and theme. The themes that are most emphasized are forgetfulness, a willingness to risk pain for pleasure, and female temptation. When comparing the Sirens episode with much of Odysseus other adventures, one can observe an emergence and repet ...
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  • Victorian Life Through Color - 1,811 words
    The use of color in Victorian literature and art has gone far beyond simple description to form it's very own sort of diction. Whether reading Victorian prose or looking at a Pre-Raphaelite painting one is drawn in and deeply affected by the arrangement and combination of it's colors. In the two of these mediums, each color is both powerful and used precisely either to represent a trait or emotion or to compliment other colors to form a greater representation of an idea. Furthermore, seeing these colors in the mind brings out any unconscious association, bias, or preconceived notion of what traits and emotions generally go along with a given color. This use of color is partially why Victoria ...
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  • Twelfth Night - 329 words
    In Shakespeares plays, seeing is not always believing, and in his play Twelfth Night, the rule is no different. One of the main characters in the play is Viola, who spends most of her time dressing as the other sex. It is not necessarily Viola who has a great purpose to the play, however the gentleman that she is playing is. We first meet Viola just after she has been rescued by sailors from a sinking ship. Although it is not mentioned at first, Viola has twin brother who she presumes went don with the ship. Now with no family alive, Viola decides she must support herself. She comes up with a plan, in which shell work for Count Orsino, but not as the female Viola, but for the sake of the tim ...
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  • The Role Of Women In 3 Greek Myths - 793 words
    One day, Persephone was in the field gathering the crops and Hades, the god of the underworld, was admiring her. He decided that he had to have her as his wife. Hades then shook the ground and caused it to split open and Persephone fell into the realm of the underworld. Persephone was then offered a pomegranate from Hades and she accepted. Little did she know that once she ate the pomegranate she had to stay in the realm of Hades as the wife of Hades. Demeter, Persephones mother, pleaded with Zeus to get Persephone back. He explained to Demeter that once she ate the pomegranate she had to stay there. Demeter is the goddess of the weather and vegetation so her rage cause massive storms, frigi ...
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  • Where Lillies Bloom Report - 310 words
    In many works of literature a female character has a significant influence, positive or negative. Two characters that have an influence are Mary Call from the novel Where the Lilies Bloom, by Vera and Bill Cleaver, and Calpurnia from the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper In the novel Where the Lilies Bloom, Mary Call has a significant positive effect on her brothers and sisters. Mary Call is the head of the family since her father died and she has to raise her brothers and sisters. She has to keep a promise to her father not to recieve help from others, and raise her siblings on her own. This has a positive influence her siblings because they turn out okay in the end and everything seem ...
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  • Dracula - 872 words
    The aspect of Dracula that makes it so frightening, as opposed to contemporary horror, is that of the strong persona of Count Dracula himself. For all of the terror he inspires, The Count has few appearances in the novel, instead using his mystique to frighten the reader. While nearly all current books and films in the horror genre focus on the aspects of violence and shock appeal, Dracula uses the element of suspense to captivate the reader. By using the element of fear, Bram Stoker keeps the reader turning the pages in anticipation of the next series of terrifying events to occur. One of the major factors in the horror of Dracula is that so much of Count Dracula's actions are centered arou ...
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  • Cathers Feminist Tendencies - 1,310 words
    Willa Cather tends to portray static characters with little depth, yet she seems to approach her female characters with an air of liberalism that allows for a more well-rounded exploration of society than is found in the works of other conteporary authors. Cather depicts women as both the classic mother woman and the independent individual. Allowing her to free the female character from heir reliance on men. Her women are not just mothers, daughters, or wives; they are characters of their own -- able to grow and explore. A flare is given to Cathers pioneer stories by the dynamics of some of her female characters. The independent women in Cathers tales expand the window through which their so ...
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