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Feminism In The Novel Herland

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Herland is a feminism utopia where women lead lives completely without men and are self-sufficient without them. When men are finally introduced into this society, the gender roles differ, as men become the lesser in the social hierarchy. To the astonishment of the men, Herland is a developed civilization, and through the “miracle” of parthenogenesis, or virgin births, the women have been able to sustain their society for hundreds of years (Evans, Lynn). Charlotte Perkins Gilman was always "longing to create a compensatory feminist utopia as a mean to solve the perceived problems of degenerate modernity" (Davis, Cynthia). Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote Herland to illustrate a world where gender constraints are nonexistent. Throughout Novel Gilman utilizes the characters Vandyck Jennings, Terry Nicholson, and Jeff Margrave in the book to give readers a deeper sense of her personal life experiences.
Gilman's childhood was the beginning of many difficult times in her life. At a young age Gilman's father disappeared and left Gilman's mother to raise her and her siblings. Charlotte's mother, with her son and daughter, lived in fourteen different towns and cities in eighteen years (Gilman, 1). She found that her education was significantly impacted by the frequent moves. In 1884 Charlotte married artist Charles Stetsons and shortly afterwards the couple gave birth to daughter named Katharine (Gilman, 2). After the birth of her daughter, Katharine, her sense of being trapped
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