Application of Feminism in Literature

Application of Feminism in Literature



the portrayal of the feminist theory can be seen abundantly in classic literature first we can analyze the connection between the feminist theory in Cinderella the main character Cinderella seem to be treated as a slave although she should be considered a noble due to her father's reign as a lord she is forced into playing the stereotypical role of women on how they should only be the housewife she cleans makes food and must obey whatever her stepmother and stepsisters command she gets treated like trash and her hard work is taken for granted and not valued this can connect to her archetypal role as the damsel in distress she is dependent on a man who happens to be Prince Charming to save her this further portrays the stereotype that women do not have enough power to do things themselves and how their decisions are controlled primarily by men in the book The Great Gatsby by F scott Fitzgerald there are two prominent characters who are victims first we have Daisy Daisy is constantly being treated as an object where she has no say in any decisions that involve herself Daisy is the wife of a very wealthy man named Tom although they have a child Tom is actually having an affair with another female named Myrtle whenever he needs his sexual desires fulfilled he just leaves Daisy and goes to Myrtle instead and then we have got to be Gatsby strived his whole life to make Daisy his wife he treats Daisy as an object rather than a lover scene when he tells Daisy to tell Tom that she never actually loved Tom even after she admits that she loves Gatsby this shows that Gatsby doesn't just want the love of Daisy but rather he wants the accomplishment of acquiring her secondly there's Myrtle Myrtle is portrayed to only be necessary when Tom requires her one day a middle kept repeating Daisy's name to Tom in an attempt to annoy him as a joke Tom then backlashes and punches Myrtle in the face breaking her nose after reading this scene we can really see how Tom does not care for Myrtle at all not only did he abuse her he also did not feel any remorse whatsoever this portrays Myrtle to be a toy that Tom can do whatever he pleases with Macbeth in Macbeth sexism is portrayed vigorously through the female characters that make an appearance first it is seen in the play that the role of the temptress is predominantly given to females the characters that play this role in this play are Lady Macbeth and three as mentioned previously in fairy tales females are mostly portrayed as the helpless at damsels but in Macbeth we can see that the females are mostly portrayed to be an evil force that misguide Macbeth into doing horrible deeds secondly Lady Macduff is seen to hold no power in her position as demonstrated when she pays for her husband's actions with her and her child's life from this it can be learned that since Lady Macduff holds no power she has no say in the fate of her and her child even when it comes to their lives it also shows that Macduff has no care of his wife's opinion and as he did not even try to consult her before leaving her and their child alone

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