Womens writers Essay #1 - Tragedy suffering and hardships inflict individuals every moment of every day Unfortunately it is a very common occurrence

Womens writers Essay #1 - Tragedy suffering and hardships...

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Tragedy, suffering and hardships inflict individuals every moment of every day. Unfortunately, it is a very common occurrence that suffering goes unnoticed and their stories go unheard. However, in modern day society literature and the arts have begun to shed light on the horrors of the past and present. Society’s view on the world is beginning to broaden, but it seems that “darkness” is becoming an artsy trend, rather than a tool for awareness. For instance, films and literature now advertise hardships as “an award winning tale ensured to make you cry!” or “based on a true story!” This exposure of hardship and suffering as an emotional expose leads to misconceptions regarding the work. Readers simply sympathize with the characters and believe that the emotional experience they feel with the piece of art is relatable to the real world difficulties faced by the author or characters. A reader can never truly experience the struggle that the author is trying to emit. Rather than using writing as a source of information and awareness, it has become a misconstrued trend that literature and art is intended to share the emotional experience and darkness that the author is expressing.The memoirs,I Know Why The Caged Bird Singsby Maya Angelou, andPersepolisby Marjane Satrapi, reflect on the struggles experienced by both authors.Although their stories are written quite differently, they both intend to use their life experiences to shed light on the difficulties of the world. Angelous and Satrapi’s writings are not intended to seek empathy from their readers, but rather action incited from awareness.The nation of Iran, a poverty stricken land filled where everyone is an extremist that believes in fundamentalist ideas that go against what average man believes. This is what any normal human being thinks when they hear about Iran. Satrapi, an Iranian that spent half of her childhood living in this “god forsaken” land knows the truth about her country. With the purpose of shedding light to the ill informed, Satrapi writes Persepolis. In the first few pages of the graphic novel, Satrapi states implicitly that the purpose of her graphic novel is for a greater purpose; she writes that since 1979, with the Islamic revolution in place, “the civilization of Iran has been discussed mostly in connection with fundamentalism, fanaticism, and terrorism…I believe that an entire nation should not be judged by the wrongdoings of a few extremists. I also don’t want those Iranians who lost their lives in prisons defending freedom...to be forgotten.” Not only there were

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