Feminism In Maurie King

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Laurie King does a magnificent job of portraying a mysterious story about a young woman on a mission to solve a murder case while also adding the concept of feminism in to the book. Due to there being a lot of emphasis on feminism, the main argument of the book is that women and men are created equal, but some men choose to be afraid of that belief. During the whole novel, there are several mentions of the temple; a place where mostly women and some men gathered in order to hear from a preacher several nights a week. This relates to the thesis because part of the reason the temple existed was to show that women had rights by using quotes and passages from the bible. Not only does Laurie King go into detail about feminism in the 1920’s, but …show more content…
Towards the beginning of the book, the first time the audience sees the difference between men and women in clear light is when Mary is at a diner eating food and the men harass her because she ordered a lot of food. The men were said to have been joking around with one another about her appetite and pulled up their pants before promptly fleeing the scene (pg. 17). This scene give the audience the perspective of being a woman in the 20’s compared to now. Woman were deemed as less human and lower ranked than men and that scene shows us how woman were seen as different than men because if a man bought a bunch of food it would have been okay, but since it was a woman it was viewed as not. This also relates to objectifying women since most wanted a woman that was pretty and skinny (pg. …show more content…
Laurie King continued to show the audience how feminism was blooming in the 1920’s by telling us how all these woman came together at one time to hear from a speaker. She also showed us how the bible was changed through translations to become more manly and less feminism by having Mary teach Margery all about the original bible. Compared to real life, the novel does a decent job of what it was like in the real world. Just like in real life, the book had many influential characters, but it was lacking more of the outside world. There was only one mention of congress because one of the members of the temple wanted to become the first female member. The book could have definitely showed more about the protests to show how women across the country came together to fight for their rights and to give a sense of what it was like to be in the 1920’s. rather than having a murder mystery. Overall, the book was a decent idea of what the Women’s Rights Movement was like in real life and was not surprising since nothing major regarding equality happened except for the temple. The book was not as realistic as it could have

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