Analysis Of Betty Friedan 's ' The ' Feminine Mystique ' Essay

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The best way to sum up the sixties is that it was an era with a multitude of ideological clashes. Americans were split on issues such as race, gender, and sexual orientation while the world was divided between Capitalism and Communism. These views can be found in American pop culture, especially literature. Themes such as gender equality, racial equality, anti-war sentiment, technological advancements, and religion can be found in literary pieces during the 1960s. On August 18, 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified, granting women the right to vote. From 1920 to the Sixties, even to the present day, women have continuously fought for gender equality. For example, The Feminine Mystique, by Betty Friedan, is about how women are dissatisfied with their lives due to their dependence on their husbands for financial, emotional, and intellectual support.1 Friedan is making the point that because of gender inequality in America, women are restricted and view themselves as worthless. Another Author of the time, Sylvia Plath, wrote an autobiographical novel called The Bell Jar, which was published around the same time as The Feminine Mystique. Plath uses the main character, Esther, to demonstrate some women’s internal struggles during the time. For example, the assumption of Esther wanting marriage rather than a successful career. It also makes light of a double standard that is still around. When Esther’s boyfriend, Buddy has an affair with a waitress, but there are no…

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