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Feminist Criticisms Plaz, Emily, Amanda, and Jeff Foundations • 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 years. • 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 differently Types • 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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