The Feminist Message : Edith Wharton, Sojourner Truth, And Kate Chopin

1184 WordsMar 20, 20165 Pages
Prior to the late 19th and early 20th century, women were often criticized for deviating from what society deemed as normal. Women authors, as an attempt to avoid judgemental comments, often changed their name to resemble a male’s in order to get their books published. As a result of this action, many Americans were beginning to witness what females had to offer in the world of literature through their ideals of Feminism. Three authors who supported the Feminist message are Edith Wharton, Sojourner Truth, and Kate Chopin. In “April Showers”, Wharton exhibits the oppressive nature of males and their input on triumphant women. In Truth’s speech “Speech to the American Equal Rights Association”, she reveals the deep split between men and women economically. In “The Story of an Hour”, Chopin tells of a woman who was being oppressed in her marriage. American authors of the late 19th century reflected the ideals of Feminism by displaying male thoughts on successful females and showing female oppression; as well as demonstrating the wage gap between men and women at the time. One author who demonstrates a social aspect of feminism is Edith Wharton. Through the use of simile, Wharton displays how reluctant males are when it comes to accepting females as intellectual beings. In “April Showers”, Edith Wharton introduces the audience to a young female named Theodora who is writing a novel to try and fund her family. As Theodora is wrapping up and getting ready to send her story to
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