Comparing Feminism In My Antonia, And Yellow Wallpaper

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Feminism in Literature
(A detailed analysis of Feminism in, Story of an Hour; My Antonia; and Yellow Wallpaper) “In November 2015, Hillary Clinton (1947–)—former U.S. Secretary of State, former U.S. Senator, and former U.S. First Lady—was the frontrunner in the race for the Democratic nomination in the U.S. presidential election of 2016, and was heavily favored to secure the nomination” (Collins Lines 1-3). In today’s world women are accepted into society as an equal of man, and of men of all color. For a women to run for President of the United States, it is not a big deal. This may seem as though a mindless assumption to many people in today’s society; however at one point in human history this could be seen as unacceptable. It was during
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Willa Cather’s story (My) follows a young immigrant farm girl who came from Europe with her family to get a new start in the world. The family is poor when they first arrive and just happen to arrive at about the same time a orphaned boy named Jim, going to stay with his grandparents on a neighboring farm. The two families would soon meet and Jim would become good friends with one of the daughters of the family Antonia. The two would come to share a multitude of good times to cherish for their rest of their lives. However shortly after moving to the new country Antonia’s dad commits suicide and leaves his burden of the work to Antonia, who can now no longer play with Jim. She is described in the book by Jim, “Antonia ate so noisily now, like a man and she yawned after at the table and kept stretching her arms over her head as it they ached. Grandmother has said, ‘heavy field work will spoil that girl. She’ll lose all her nice ways and get rough ones.’ She had lost them already (Cather page 81, lines 7-10). In this small excerpt from the book it can clearly be seen the way in which Antonia has changed since taking on her new roles around the farms. From her ploughing and heavy lifting her arms have gotten bigger, and she is tired more often. She eats like a man and has …show more content…
Like spoken before (Yellow) follows the story of a woman as she is undergoing a transformation from a controlled wife to an independent women. In the text a women is taken to a cottage home reminiscent of an insane asylum, due to the fact she has been sick in recent times. While stationed at the cottage she is placed inside a large room covered in Yellow Wallpaper, to which the women becomes fascinated by to the point of not ever wishing to leave the room. It is from this wall paper that the women would have a realization, one that would change the way she lived the rest of her life. The story explains, “The front pattern does move--and no wonder! The woman behind shakes it! Sometimes I think there are a great many women behind, and sometimes only one, and she crawls around fast, and her crawling shakes it all over” (Gilman, Lines 60-63). In this realization moment the speaker realizes that she is trapped, trapped behind her own wallpaper; a wallpaper of marriage and her husband. It is this realization that makes the story so incredible and fascinating, yet so irritating to many male readers at the time. The fact Gilman would even dare to take a stab at the way men see marriage is just unheard

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