Marinetti : The Longstanding Traditions Of Italian Life By Constructing Provoking Manifestos

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Marinetti challenges the longstanding traditions of Italian life by constructing provoking manifestos that undermine customary syntax and rationality; because much of his writing comprises the use of subtle and contradictory nuances, Marinetti’s ideas appear to display a more fascist and misogynist organization. He does not want men and women to be equal, but he wants to empower women to enhance the races. However, Marinetti is not a misogynist; he actually displays more of a quasi-feminist view of women—his scorn for woman and disdain for marriage and family is due to old traditions and values established and conserved through a confined and corrupt government. While Marinetti’s misogynistic and contradictory remarks certainly call to offend the female sex, his central hatred is not against women but aimed at everything that is weak and traditional in nature. Marinetti’s manifestos seek to eradicate democracy and sentimental love—parliamentarianism and sentimentalism—in order to purge Italy of the weak and inferior members of society who hold back the young and ambitious men and women from advancing.
In an effort to reconstruct the new world, Marinetti uses imagery to address the gender constraints that limit women from rising above the receptacle of love. Women are typically described as either the “bride, mother, or lover” (58). Women can only become a bride and go on to become mothers if they still possess their virginity. The family, Marinetti says, is created…

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