Storytelling, society, idea of progress, feminism in literature, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet, The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen, Bathsheba Everdene, cinema, Mr Darcy, Thomas Hardy, victorian England, marriage, Suzane Collins
I choose the notion of the Idea of Progress. To illustrate this notion, I decided to talk about the idea of progress in feminism. Before I start, I'd like to give a quick definition of the notion: the idea of progress can be defined as an improvement, a development or a change. As a technical, scientific or social advance which contributes making the world a better place.
We're going to look at it closely by talking about it through feminism in literature using Bathsheba Everdene and Elizabeth Bennet as an example, we will then talk about feminism in cinema, using Katniss Everdeen as a demonstration.
[...] Indeed Katniss is protective of the few people she loves and doesn't like opening up to others. Charged with leading a revolution, Katniss rejects the romantic intrigues of her life and focuses instead on being a leader. Just like Bathsheba, she's a strong, independent character who isn't afraid to stand up for herself. She's also very hard to understand. What keeps her alive isn't superior strength or speed but the relationships she is forced to showcase to the world. And by rejecting these relationships she becomes a feminist icon. [...]
[...] All of that makes her a relatable character for women. Even now, in the 21st century, Bathsheba Everdene is still a strong figure of feminism in literature. This proves that the story of Bathsheba Everdene impacted women in different times years later, the story of Bathsheba Everdene has been made into a movie. It inspired multiple strong female characters from the 21st century such as Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games. I'm now going to talk about feminism in cinema, using Katniss Everdeen as a demonstration. [...]
[...] Conclusion These three documents have in common their strong female leads that played a big role in shaping modern feminism. The three of them are fighting against society. They are all portrayed as courageous and independent women. Thanks to them, women over the years took example of them and started to stand up for their rights. We can say that storytelling really helped opening minds and paved the way for modern feminism in today's society. It really helped making progress for how women are perceived. This also shows how these female characters became feminism heroes. [...]
[...] Thomas Hardy portrayed Bathsheba Everdene as a feminism heroine. She's an ambitious, independent, headstrong and determined woman who isn't afraid to break stereotypes. The story relates her journey as she meets Gabriel Oak a young shepherd who asks her to marry him. Bathsheba refuses this offer because she values her independence too much, more than she values Gabriel. During Victorian England women were expected to get married and be a man's property for the rest of their life. Bathsheba made it clear that she wasn't going to stick to the expectations. [...]
[...] This marriage could have been very advantageous for her family, yet she refused the offer as she doesn't consider Mr. Collins a suitable mate. We can conclude that Elizabeth Bennet played a big role in how women are perceived in our society. She is a classical figure of female independence that helped pave the way for women. This also goes for Bathsheba Everdene from Far From The Madding Crowd. Far From the Madding Crowd Far From The Madding Crowd is the fourth book of Thomas Hardy. [...]
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