This website uses cookies to ensure you have the best experience. Learn more

Escape From Oppression An Essay Which Uses Two Literarty Works To Explore The Theme Of Women's Oppression From A Feminist Perspective (Using Feminist Criticism)

1290 words - 5 pages

"Aunt Jennifer's Tigers" by Adrienne Rich tells of the repressed Aunt Jennifer who produces scenes representing freedom and fearlessness, but in reality is trapped and powerless. Only through her artistic expression is she able to find a temporary release from her entrapment. In "Trifles", Minnie Wright allows herself to be subjugated for thirty years before she frees her whole self, through drastic means that leads to a more permanent solution, murdering her husband. From a feminist perspective, these two works give very different examples of how a woman is the cast as the "nonsignificant other" (Bressler 144), but discovers a way out of her continual oppression by rejecting their insignificance.Rich begins her poem by describing the tigers of Aunt Jennifer's tapestry. They are vibrant and powerful with no fear of men. One begins to feel that Aunt Jennifer, as the artist, must be a free spirit because she can dream of those tigers. They are above the men who want to hunt them and therefore out of reach. This confirms the feminist idea that women's minds are just as complex as men's and so their works of art should be appreciated beside that produced by men, not as inferior products: "both sexes are to be valued as creative, rational people who can all contribute to their societies and their world." (Bressler 153)The second stanza introduces the reader to Aunt Jennifer. It stresses the struggle and determination it takes for Aunt Jennifer to create her work of art under the "massive weight of Uncle's wedding band". Aunt Jennifer is not only trapped by her husband, but as the wedding ring symbolizes, by the culture that reinforces the marriage. Her tigers are above men, but Aunt Jennifer is held down by her marriage. She is in a type of situation that feminists abhore.The last stanza foretells Aunt Jennifer's death and refers to her hands as terrified, "ringed with ordeals she was mastered by" again brings up the image of the wedding band, but it also implies that she is to be a servant of her master until she dies. The last couplet reveals the Aunt Jennifer's ultimate victory. She did manage to escape after all, through her art. The product of her work will last for generations to come even after she is gone: "The tigers...will go on prancing, proud and unafraid." Although Aunt Jennifer was suppressed in her life, her art will reflect her inner self for all of eternity.Through her art, Aunt Jennifer is accomplishing one of Feminism's goal, which is for women to declare their worth "in the arenas of politics, society, education, and the arts." (Bressler 144) Tradionally in Western Civilization, men were considered more spiritual, intellectual, and artistic. Women's art was dismissed as inferior and unworthy of respect. The teachings of the philosopher, Aristotle, and many other dominant historical figures encouraged this idea: "These imperfect and spiritually weak creatures, they maintained, possess a sensual nature that lures men away from...

Find Another Essay On Escape from Oppression - An essay which uses two literarty works to explore the theme of women's oppression from a feminist perspective (using feminist criticism)

Women's Oppression Essay

1006 words - 4 pages today. He notes that while they do exist, little is done to prevent them from occurring. To express his argument, Barry uses simile, metaphor, and allusion throughout his essay. Core Question 1: In paragraph two on page 62, Barry states, “…most men make themselves as useful around the kitchen as ill-trained Labrador retrievers.” What is the purpose of this simile? Body Paragraph 1: The author uses simile to hook the audience, men, into his

Theme of Oppression in A Tale Of Two Cities

588 words - 2 pages Of Man, the Organs, the Soul, the Intellectual Faculties [1] THERE are two existences that a man, prisoned within himself, might know: his own and God's; I am, therefore God is. But sensation only can teach him the existence of bodies. 1 [2] We see everything through ourselves. We are a medium always interposed between things and ourselves. 2 [3] There is, in language, something of fate and inspiration. 3 [4] The soul is to

The following essay is an analysis of The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, using feminist criticism

3071 words - 12 pages Feminist Reading of The Yellow WallpaperImages of women creeping around behind wallpaper that is yellow and grotesque, defiled by esoteric patterns with images of bulbous eyes and strangled heads sounds like either the work of a brilliant impressionist or the ravings of a lunatic. While the story may overtly appear to indicate the latter possibility, closer examination reveals that the wallpaper is not merely an obsession of a deranged woman

Feminist Criticism

714 words - 3 pages Feminist Criticism: ​George Eliot’s Middlemarch focuses on relationships within the town of Middlemarch. As restated by David Kurnick, Virgina Woolf proclaimed that Middlemarch is “one of the few English novels written for grown-up people” (583). The complexity of this novel provides an insight into the treatment of female identity during the mid to late 1800s, the time period in which Eliot wrote the novel. The issues presented within this

Feminist Criticism

704 words - 3 pages Emily Brontë’s novel, Wuthering Heights, demonstrates a social criticism on women’s power to control their own fate and the ideal women in the nineteenth century. Specifically in Lyn Pykett’s, Changing the Names: The Two Catherines, a strong feminist perspective is explored. In her criticism she goes through many different analyses of Catherine Earnshaw-Linton and her daughter Cathy and what they represent in regard to a women’s power and social

Value of Choice: A Post-Feminist Criticism of Wen Xiu from “Celestial Bath”

1754 words - 7 pages Yang 6Prof. Chiang-SchultheissEnglish 10410 April 2014Value of Choice: A Post-Feminist Criticism of Wen Xiu from "Celestial Bath""Celestial Bath", a short story written by Geling Yan, tells the story of Wen Xiu. During Chairman Mao's Cultural Revolution, many young Chinese teenagers were forced to join the People's Liberation Army. Many of these young adults, especially young woman, lost their innocence and much of their childhood. A girl who

A Feminist Perspective of Othello

2534 words - 10 pages A Feminist Perspective of  Othello      Throughout the length of Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello there is a steady undercurrent of sexism. It is originating from not one, but rather various male characters in the play, who manifest prejudicial, discriminatory attitudes toward women.   In the opening scene, while Iago is expressing his hatred for the general Othello for his having chosen Michael Cassio for the lieutenancy, he

THE YELLOW WALLPAPER: A literary analysis of Charlotte Perkins Gillman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" from a feminist perspective

800 words - 3 pages In her short story "The Yellow Wallpaper," Charlotte Perkins Gilman symbolically portrays women's treatment and confinement by men in the nineteenth century. Gilman wrote the account more than one hundred years ago, driven directly by her own personal experiences of having to face the male-dominated society she lived in.The female narrator in "The Yellow Wallpaper" is suffering from a "temporary nervous condition," which is essentially

A Feminist Criticism of Dickens' "Great Expectations"

1991 words - 8 pages - which were comparatively few - seem to follow the socially constructed male ideals of a woman's `place', such as Austin's Sense and Sensibility. Barry notes that feminist criticism has divided into factions that follow certain aspects of feminism in literature, "The Anglo-Americans version [...] maintain[s] a major interest in traditional critical concepts like theme, motif and characterisation...has a good deal in common with...the liberal

To His Coy Mistress - A Feminist Perspective

765 words - 3 pages A Feminist Perspective of To His Coy Mistress   Andrew Marvell, a 17-century poetry writer, focuses on a subject that still baffles the readers' minds today, sex.  Marvell shows a world where women are seduced.   Women and men have focused on the issue of sex for centuries.  The most ironic thing that reader should notice while reading this poem is that even though they are in two different time settings, the same persuasions are used as

Feminist approaches to women's writing

1175 words - 5 pages Brighton. When we leave her in the 1970's, in London, she has become - despite herself? - "A world-famous women's leader". (Benstock, 1987) Praxis, Ms. Weldon tells us, is a Victorian woman's name. It also means turning point and orgasm. An astonishingly vivid and wickedly funny portrait of a woman and her times, Praxis is a story told from two viewpoints - Praxis as a young girl and Praxis as an old woman. At age five, Praxis Duveen is "the pretty

Similar Essays

Escape From Oppression Essay

1360 words - 5 pages solution, murdering her husband. From a feminist perspective, these two works give very different examples of how a woman is the cast as the "nonsignificant other" (Bressler 144), but discovers a way out of her continual oppression by rejecting their insignificance. Rich begins her poem by describing the tigers of Aunt Jennifer's tapestry. They are vibrant and powerful with no fear of men. One begins to feel that Aunt Jennifer, as the artist

Hamlet From A Feminist Perspective Essay

1153 words - 5 pages that we see between Gertrude and Claudius is domestic and ceremonial, never sexual at all... The Gertrude that we see -- as opposed to the one that Hamlet imagines -- is her son's mother and a worried, affectionate partner to her husband, who happens to be going through a period of political danger.’ Works Cited Linda Bamber, Comic Women, Tragic Men, Stanford Univ. Press., Stanford, 1982. p.75 Barry, P. (2009). Feminist Criticism

Women Oppression: From A Feminine Perspective

982 words - 4 pages oppression, although Louise Mallard suffers for from this direct conflict, it was in no way unusual for women living during the nineteenth century. Abruptly and ultimately unanticipated, this story is the opportunity for a search of her desire for freedom, no matter how ephemeral. Louise’s acknowledgment of her discontent clarifies Choppin’s and other women’s commitment to a female perception and what it beholds outside the perspectives of male discourse. Works Cited Choppin, Kate. "The Story of an Hour." Freshman English II Fiction. Ed. Michael S. Kelly. 2014 Edition. Web. 3-10. 19 Feb. 2014.

A Feminist Perspective Of Fern Leaves From Fanny’s Portfolio

1634 words - 7 pages A Feminist Perspective of Fern Leaves from Fanny’s Portfolio   Judith Fetterly describes the fiction of Fanny Fern as basically conservative due to the seeming resignation to the institution of marriage. She claims that Parton’s work is safe and makes only small challenges to the patriarchal institutions of her day. I do not see this in my reading of "Fern Leaves from Fanny’s Portfolio." I hear the voice of a woman who recognizes the