Marxist Criticism And Feminist Criticism

1724 WordsOct 10, 20177 Pages
When one reads literature, can it make a difference in his views? Can it change the way she thinks about various topics? Can it draw attention to situations going in today’s society? Before one answers this question, she should define and research what exactly is literature. According to a dictionary, “Literature is writings in which expression and form, in connection with ideas of permanent and universal interest, are characteristic or essential features, as poetry, novels, history, biography, and essays” (“Literature”). Those writings can tell individuals what is going on in the world today, but does that mean that people will change what is going on? Literature can also tell individuals ways in which they can change or adapt to the…show more content…
Is really possible that literature could really do as much as these two or any other critics say? After research and various discussions, literature does have the power and opportunity to change individuals’ views, but that does not necessarily mean that it will actually make them change their views. There are several general examples that one could look at in order to answer this question. Those examples are as followed: kneeling on the knee for the National Anthem, Beyonce’s feminist music, social media posts, and sexism with the presidential election. Before digging deeper into those examples, one should make an important note that writers are equivalent to entertainers. Writers are a bit more formal, but both play an important role in the views of society. First, look at the kneeling on the knee for the National Anthem. The National Football League (NFL) has been taking part in the action as a way of making a peaceful protest against social injustice. Anybody who watches NFL has seen this and it has caught their attention, most likely, but has it changed their views on social injustice? Has it made them take a stand to the situation or are they just aware of what is going on? What about Beyonce’s recent feminist music? Beyonce placed a lot of her feminist views on her 2013 album known as Beyonce. In her song “Pretty Hurts,” she speaks about how women obsessing their looks could be destructive. In “Blow,” she
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