Essay How Do Composers Represent A Sense Of Power And Powerless?

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English Essay (How do composers represent a sense of power and powerless?)
Harwood’s Mother Who Gave Me Life, Sexton’s Little Girl, My String bean, My Lovely Woman and the novel The Penelopiad by Margaret Attwood all illustrate the restrictions and the resilience associated with feminine power. A woman’s true ability to create life is ultimately the greatest form of resilience inherited. However societal expectations of femininity prevent a woman to excel past the barriers of her patriarchal counterpart. Furthermore the objectification and subjectification of a woman’s body blatantly portrays the female anatomy as nothing more than a dominate conquest of men. Hence the above texts have all admirably represented a sense of power and powerlessness in the exemplification of feminine power.
Despite the oppression of the patriarchy, the dominance of feminine power lies in a woman’s exclusive ability to create new life and the transformation into womanhood. The poems Mother Who Gave me Life and Little Girl, My String bean, My Lovely Woman by Gwen Harwood and Anne Sexton respectively, explores aspects of feminine power in which the greatest power lies in a woman’s capability to breathe life into humanity. Sexton uses “rebirth” motif, “What I want to say, Linda; is that women are born twice,” to illustrate the physical and spiritual rebirth of women in which women are born from the womb and born again when giving birth. It is only then when we truly grasp the significance of…

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