Feminist Criticisms by dffhrtcv3


									 Feminist Criticisms

Plaz, Emily, Amanda, and Jeff
• Studies and advocates the rights of women
   •   How do men and women differ?
   •   Are women oppressed in fiction?
   •   Are women branded under a stereotype?
   •   Has society been fair to women?
• Women’s roles have changed over the last 500
   • How has this affected women and society?
• Mary Wollstonecraft
   • late 1700’s
       Pros                       Cons
• Offers different point of   • Possibly insulting
  view from the text and         • Some women might want
  society as a whole               to be viewed as equals to
• Expands one’s                    men; not separate
  understanding about the     • The way society has
  text                          evolved to today might no
• Offers a perspective on       longer require a separate
  history                       look
   • Women have long be       • No men-ly criticisms??
     subjugated to unequal
     roles by being treated
•   Fiction texts
•   Shakespeare is often looked at
•   Pride and Prejudice
•   As well as older stories
    • roles of women have changed
Example Text
• '''Mrs. Bennet found, with amazement and horror,
  that her husband would not advance a guinea to
  buy clothes for his daughter....That his anger could
  be carried to such a point of inconceivable
  resentment, as to refuse his daughter a privilege,
  without which her marriage would scarcely seem
  valid, exceeded all that she could believe possible.
  She was more alive to the disgrace, which the
  want of new clothes must reflect on her daughter's
  nuptials, than to any sense of shame at her eloping
  and living with Wickham, a fortnight before they
  took place.(Austen 310-311)'''
Example Criticisms
• Here Austen most clearly depicts Mrs. Bennet's
  estrangement from the patriarchal view. She feels
  no shame that her daughter has flouted the legal
  and moral imperatives of the patriarchy because
  she herself has never really acknowledged the
  validity of its dictates. Her sense of shame is
  evoked by her husband's cruel and unnatural
  disowning of his child. This denial of affection she
  finds incomprehensible although her husband's
  family has long made it a practice in the form of
  an entail.

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