Laugh Of The Medusa Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… With writing “Cousin Lewis”, Stubbs reveals the fear women possess if they find themselves desiring to act beyond the permissible range of behaviors. Stubbs shows how the male rejects the independent female, because when Margery first desires to go into town for the day, her husband gets upset by the last minute decision, “I mind that you didn’t give me a bit more warning” (339). Cixous wants women like Margery to “Tear her away from the superegoized structure in which she has always occupied the place reserved for the guilty” (Cixous 338). “The Secret Woman” offers a slightly different perspective on how a woman feels about her hidden self. Colette writes a story of a shocked husband character that discovers that his wife is actively indulging in a masquerade ball when they both have given their alibi for why they would not be in attendance. Using their concealing masks, both the husband and the wife are content in hiding their true identities while simple exploring the countless pleasures that an opera ball has to offer. Early in the story, the husband very dearly asks his wife “Don’t …show more content…
The world is still primarily masculine, but as women continue to release the deep intricacies of their femininity, more women can be heard and noticed. Cixous relates more to an elite group of woman writers in her essay “The Laugh of the Medusa” but that doesn’t mean she meant for her ideas of femininity to be limited to only women’s works of writing. Characters like Margery and Iréne are not just fictional, women need to stop hiding and proclaim that they are women and they can be whom they want! Society may never fully accept it, but free expression and true identity are far more gratifying than a behaved and accepted

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