Representation Of Women And Gender

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Representation of Women and Gender in Literature Feminism is a call for social justice and equality between genders. Throughout history, women have been classified as second class citizens and faced an expectation to carry out a stereotypical role of women. Men were the bread earners and women, the bread bakers. The most powerful voice for feminism can be found in literature. Writers often say in text what many will not say aloud. Junot Diaz’s “Drown” and Rabindranath Tagore’s “Punishment” portray women in similar expected female roles. The women in their stories are wives and mothers, the caretakers of the family by preparing meals and raising children. Tagore explores the independence of a woman while Diaz chooses to depict modernized women held back by cultural restraints and fear.
Set in Bangladesh in the late 19th century Tagore’s” Punishment” tells the story of Chandara, a woman who falsely admits to the murder of her sister in law. The circumstances surrounding the murder are fairly sexist since the sister in law’s husband drove his knife into her face because she did not present him with a meal when he demanded it and talked back to him. She insulted him for failing to provide for his family and fulfil his patriarchal duties asking, “Did you give me anything to cook? Must I earn money myself to buy it?” (Tagore 894). The men in this culture are expected to support the family while the women are left at home cooking, cleaning, and raising the children. This is a
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