Femininity Essays

Regret by Kate Chopin

In the short story “Regret” by Kate Chopin, a woman named Mamzelle Aurelie has to watch a neighbor’s four children for two weeks. Mamzelle is an old and lonely woman who never believed in love or marriage. She has never had a man, nor been married, and lives alone on her farm with some animals. She also has African Americans, or “negroes”, who work around her house for maintenance. Because of a dangerous illness that her mother acquired, the younger…

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Analysis of Lady Macbeth

When James Brown sings that “this is a man’s world, but it wouldn’t be nothing, nothing without a woman or a girl” (Brown), this is true for both Lady Macbeth and Bianca. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth and The Taming of the Shrew, Lady Macbeth and Bianca are both female characters who struggle for power in a man’s world, one rejects femininity and the other exploits it. Lady Macbeth consciously attempts to reject her feminine sensibility and adopt a male mentality by…

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Egyptian King

The two sculptures that I chose to compare and contrast were the Cycladic Woman Figure and the Menkaure and Khamerernebty sculpture. Though each is from a distinctly different culture and historical time period, each depicts the female form in a unique and positive light, utilizing characteristic artistic details from the time period in which it was created to highlight the beauty of the female figure and her role in society. The Cycladic Woman Figure was sculpted from marble around 2600…

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Women in Macbeth by William Shakespeare

This essay is only my opinions and interpretation of female characters in the play by William Shakespeare. When I studied the play at the university, I mainly focused three main themes on the play: the supernatural power, the hallucination of the Statement ‘fair is foul and foul is fair’ spoken by three witches. Actually there is powerful women force in the play. Lady Macbeth, the main character in the play possesses unusual power over her husband, Macbeth. At the same…

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarves Disney Animation 1937

A fairytale is a short story designed to both amuse children and to convey basic morals and principles and give life lessons. Most of the fairytales that children are told today have been passed down through generations often dating back to the eighteenth century and before. Because of their early origins, female representation in fairytales is often archaic with females being portrayed as weak or submissive and often being objectified. This representation of women is an accurate portrayal of how…

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_the Buck_ by Joyce Carol Oates

In the short story entitled “The Buck” written by Joyce Carol Oates, we are introduced to two quite interesting characters, namely Melanie Snyder and Wayne “Woody” Kunz. These two characters both struggle with different aspects of their personal lives; in Wayne Kunz’s case, he is in constant battle with his manhood, whereas Melanie Snyder has somewhat renounced her femininity. Her very appearance when we first see her in the story is quite strange, because she is seen dressed in her…

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Construction of Femininity

The very titles of both plays, Gertrude, The Cry and Ophelia Thinks Harder offer the grounds for the presumption that the central theme is related to a woman. Furthermore, in the light of postmodernism one may presuppose to read the revisionary approach on the woman’s question. Now when Gertrude and Ophelia have become the archetypes, their reading in the postmodernist works gives the possibility to understand the principles of the latest tendencies of the literature. The play expresses the modern…

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