World Literature 1.3.2

World Literature 1.3.2 - WorldLiteratureOne Anagnorisis of...

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World Literature One Anagnorisis of the “Gilded Cage”: Comparative Study of the Female Protagonists in A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen and Women of Sand and Myrrh By Hanan al-Shaykh. Prashanth Rasanayagam
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Monday, January 12 th , 2008 Pope John Paul II C.S.S Mr.Leznoff Word Count: 1498 Freedom cannot be bestowed but earned is a common principle justifying the rights of individuals in society. “The Gilded Cage” an idiom in reference to a luxurious life without freedom shares conformities to several female protagonists. The anagnorisis of “The Gilded Cage” has frequent references in literature, such as in Hanan al-Shaykh’s Women of Sand and Myrrh and Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House implementing the societal norms and expectations of women. This will be made apparent by first analyzing the social norms and expectations of women, then establishing and examining the use of imagery to exemplify the inferior views of females, and finally how the women emancipated themselves to escape the true nature of their situations. In A Doll’s House males have superiority and dominance over females when understanding the representation of society. This challenges the idea of equality as it is scripted that “A man handles these problems so much better than women-” (Ibsen, pg.76).The men in society are evidently superior to the females complement the significance and roles of men over women. In the relationship between Nora and Torvald, Torvald perceives that, “I have the strength and courage enough as a man to take on the whole weight myself” (Ibsen, pg. 79).The relevance of these perceptions leads to a corrupt notion of society. Even though female oriented roles and responsibilities are identifiable in the play, “To know you are carefree; to be able to romp and play with the children, and keep up a beautiful and charming home” (Ibsen, pg.96) certain roles indentified, distorted to satisfy the males, are irrelevant for the justification of women rights. In comparison, Henrik Ibsen epitomizes the oppression against the female and the inequality prevalent in the play. Even though there are some feminist movements, they are considered inferior and incompetent. Society is inflexible to the role of a sex, which exemplifies the societal expectations. Women of Sand and Myrrh
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