Flashcards in Complex and Ambiguous attitudes towards women Deck (4)
What are the 3 topic sentences for this topic?
1.) infantilisation of women (and how this is perceived by the narrator)
2.) the denial and avoidance of female sexuality
3.) the distorting effect ensued by the denial of female sexuality
what are the quotations for topic 1?
topic 1= the infantilisation of women:
THT: the Commander is 'positively daddyish' in his treatment of Offred, - chapter directly preceded by a more subtle depiction of patronisation, in an immersive memory of life before the regime:
- 'hush... you know I'll always take care of you' -
- ' underground frailroad (laughter, groans)' -
insertion of 1980s reality allows the reader to question to what extent present attitudes differ from those of the Gilead regime
- complacency of a post- 2nd wave feminism America- Atwood calls for the need for further progress
reader perhaps more explicitly encouraged to disapprove of this in Frankenstein: 'fragile creature... docile... insect... tend on... favourite animal'
- Mary Wollstonecraft: 'slavish obedience' 'rational companionship'
what are the quotations for topic 2?
topic 2= the denial and avoidance of female sexuality:
Frankenstein: Elizabeth is Frankenstein's cousin
> Frankenstein attempts to usurp the role of the female in the process of sexual reproduction, denies female sexuality as replaces it with science in a sexualised perception of his scientific work:
- ' painful labour to arrive at the summit of my desires was a the most gratifying consummation of my toils'
Context: increasing cultural interest in scientific discovery
: Humphry Davy ' ascertain her (nature's) secrets'
THT: Whereas in THT we observe the denial of sexuality of the female, in Frankenstein we witness the complete avoidance-- Frankenstein attempts to escape it entirely
- even during (enforced) sexual intercourse: ' full, ankle-length skirt... keeps us from seeing... from being seen'
veil= Sharia Law and islamic fundamentalism, denial of female sexuality= right wing revolution of Iran