Analysis Of ' A Sword Between The Sexes ' Essay examples

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In her book Surprised by the Feminine, Monika Hilder makes “theological feminism” the lens through which she evaluates C.S. Lewis’ portrayal of women in his works. She discusses this term as the understanding that, according to Christian theology, that “the subordination of ego as well as of concerns of worldly power to the ultimate authority of divine love is liberating” (Hilder 21). Whereas in her essay “A Sword Between the Sexes,” Mary Van Leeuwen expresses her frustration with Lewis’ portrayal of “archetypal femininity and wifely obedience in a universe that, at its core, is one continuous hierarchy” (Van Leeuwen 397), Monika Hilder argues that Lewis understood gendered terms as “reciprocal” in that “the human hero must be like Christ, whom Lewis associates with this ‘union of great ferocity with extreme tenderness’ (Hilder 16). In a modern society where “meekness is most often seen as weakness” and “obedience is regarded as enslavement to tyranny” (Hilder 18), we have accepted egocentric ideas of classical heroism and consequently devalued true spiritual heroism found in the traditionally “feminine” qualities of humility and submission. The criticism of characters who embody what van Leeuwen calls “archetypal femininity” misses the point that Lewis is “in fact critiquing cultural chauvinism” (Hilder 17); the characters are not demeaned by their humility, but elevated. Lewis’ depiction of both the infernal Venus and the Christian girl through the demonic narrator in The…

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