Thesis Statements Samples - Women’s role in society as seen in literature
Women’s role in society as seen in literature
- Latin American literature has typically portrayed women in a matrifocal or matrilocal roles such as the mother or family support or in supernatural or socially undignified roles such as the prostitute, the witch or the mistress. Female archetypes present in such novels, reflect the dominance of patriarchy in Latin American societies.
- Helen Feilding’s novel, “Bridget Jones’ Diary’ presents its protagonist, Bridget as the epitome of the ordinary, everyday woman of the 20th century.
- Ancient texts and mythology have traditionally put women under one of three groups, the maiden, often characterized as the innocent virgin, the mother figure and the wizened old lady. These archetypes are still being used today although they are often modified according to the culture it belongs to.
- Esther Greenwood, Sylvia Plath’s character in The Bell Jar represents the women drawing away from the typical 50’s stereotype of the happy mother or housewife. The protagonist in this novel represents a young lady discontent with the limitations of the role imposed upon her by society.
- According to the book: “The Bitch is Back: Wicked Women in Literature” the “dark lady” in literature is something both feared and revered. Historically, especially in Western Mythology and drama, she is often the “great antagonist” in male literature.
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