Feminism in My Year of Meats Essay

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Amanda Shaw English Comp 3 The Message of Meat Ruth L. Ozeki, in her novel My Year of Meats, utilizes epiphanies in her development of female characters in order to reveal the flaws of a patriarchal society. These epiphanies are employed in order to emphasis that women should take charge over their lives and to not be constrained to keeping secrets as a result of their fear of repercussion. Ozeki presents a vision of a progressive, feminist global community through her characters Akiko and Bunny. While Bunny realizes her need to voice her concerns having “drifted through life… never [having] made a single decision, (p. 294)” Akiko realizes she does not need to depend on a man and that “she would never need him again (p.181)”. In…show more content…
Bunny lacks the ability to voice her opinion because she lives in a male dominant society which hinders her ability to think for what is best for her and the given situation. Bunny has never given value to her own self and as a result, secrets are hidden in order to prevent confrontation with male figures and thus, her daughter is put at risk. It is with the voice of Jane that Bunny’s veil of denial is lifted and she conveys this epiphany to Jane, “Things you’d never even believe could ever happen just start seemin’ as normal as pie. Well, maybe not normal, but still you accept it. Like Rosie…You just get used to it. Until something happens, that is, that wakes you up and makes you see different, That’s what happened when you all showed up…I saw her with your eyes, and everything looked different. Wrong…After you left the house last night I was thinkin’ back, and I realized that I ain’t never really ever made a single decision in my life, you know. Just kinda drifted from one thing to the next, following the direction these darn things pointed me in (her breasts), you know?” (p. 294-295). After Bunny’s epiphany, she begins to seek treatment for her daughter and truly becomes an advocate for her health. By breaking free from the constraints of the patriarchal “rules” in her life, Bunny is able to see her new role as a woman in society. Similarly, Akiko is a
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