The Well Of Loneliness By Radclyffe Hall And Rubyfruit Jungle By Rita Mae Brown Essay

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It is impossible to discuss the role of women in literature without mentioning the influence of feminism. The later in the timeline one reads, the more prominent it becomes. Each new wave of feminism brings with it its own goals, yet it also continues to strive for some of the same goals as past generations because not everything is accomplished all at once. Although “The Well of Loneliness” by Radclyffe Hall and “Rubyfruit Jungle” by Rita Mae Brown, are two starkly different texts that strongly reflect the feminist eras in which they were written, they have some similarities as well. One of the most obvious differences is the treatment of female sexuality and the female body. In “The Well of Loneliness”, this subject is almost nonexistent. The only time anything concerning the female body is mentioned is when the girls at a garden party, attended by the protagonist Stephen, begin to talk about their menstrual cycles. This discussion is limited and only takes place when just women are around. Even in the text itself the author does not refer to the subject by name, instead choosing to call it a “certain time” when, “one ought not to get one’s feet wet, that one didn’t play games” (Hall 66).This subject also makes Stephen markedly uncomfortable, possibly because she is such a masculine individual and topics like this are not discussed around men. Overall, the initial feminist movement was more…

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