Female perspectives have long been overlooked in literature, as have female writers and protagonists of these works. Mirroring the cultural barometer of the times, females have been viewed, historically, as minor characters, present only to support their male counterparts. However, Kate Chopin breaks the previously accepted standard by quietly challenging the social stereotype of her day by giving her female characters a strength and power that is present, yet quiet. In her female characters, there is no need for explicit statements of power. By their actions, they implicitly send the message that they are not at the mercy of those around them. They alone become the masters of their own destinies.
In New Historical Criticism, one is never supposed to read a work for the day and time in which it was written. On the contrary, one should read it for today and find the commonalities and lessons that the work itself still has to teach. However, Feminist criticism and new historical criticism do not have to exist in opposition to each other.
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[...] In the early 20th century John Maynard Kaynes developed a body of theory that would allow the government to achieve these ends. Economics plays a major role in the creation of social policies. Consequently, this is also to note that social policies are intertwined with, if not greatly dominated by economic policies. Logically speaking, a government will always assess, evaluate and set an amount that it is able and willing to spend for the delivery of welfare services. Macroeconomics concerns such as public spending affects the framework from which social policies will be established. [...]
[...] If this is the case, what economic policies then should a country adopt? What economic theory or perspective should the State carry out? At this point, it is therefore important for a State to adopt an economic stance and policies that lead towards a more or less stable economic situation so that the general welfare be secured through effective implementation of social policies. Under the Keynesian economics, contrary to the mainstream view that the economy is in a state of equilibrium, it advocates that the aggregate demand is not always equal to the aggregate supply. [...]
[...] In a sense, it also implies a complementary relationship between the private sector and the public sector as represented by the government. Hence, an economic activity where private sectors are participants on one hand, and where there is government intervention on the other hand, is a very viable solution to the different social problems engendered by unemployment. Thus, a well-crafted set of social and fiscal policies will enhance the welfare of both current and future generations (Sawyer, 2004). Works Cited Barr, N. (2004). The Economics of the Welfare State. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [...]
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