Literary And Cultural Theory By Donald Halls Essay

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In Donald Halls book Literary and Cultural Theory he asserts, “key to all feminist analysis is a recognition of the different degrees of social power that are granted to and exercised by women and men” (Halls 199). The perspective of feminist analysis has evolved throughout the history of women being denied social power and being denied the right to numerous forms of self-expression. It was typical for women to feel like they had no right to express how they truly felt. Men were never fond about a woman’s feelings. Women were looked upon by men as a price possession rather than a regular honorable human being. Men presumed they were much more superior to women due to the stereotypes this society has created amongst females. Cultural feminism focuses on the social roles and stereotypical characteristics of women. “Cultural feminism celebrates women’s culture…Its goal is to seek out those qualities that are traditionally associated with women, such as compassion, subjectivity, intuition…and to claim them as desirable, positive, and even superior traits”(Diamond). For innumerable centuries women have oppression due to them being treated as assets instead of liabilities because of their cultural roles and/or stereotypical characteristics. “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, and The Awakening by Kate Chopin are among those stories from the nineteenth century that portray cultural feminism. In “The Yellow Wallpaper” the…

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