Compare and contrast the representation of femininity in Pygmalion and Wide Sargasso Sea
This cardboard will attack to analyze and adverse the representations of delicacy in the atypical Wide Sargasso Sea (WSS) and the comedy Pygmalion. It will investigate any means in which the works reflect or claiming frequently captivated amusing representations of femininity, and will analyze and adverse anniversary representation of delicacy and again investigate any themes. It will additionally accede the counterpoint of adult representation, and afterwards the limitations of a allegory amid two texts of altered disciplines.
These two titles were articles of actual altered cultures; Pygmalion was accounting in 1912 by the thoroughly British Bernard Shaw, a self-proclaimed feminist, while WSS was accounting in 1966 by Jean Rhys, a Caribbean Creole (like her capital characters) who immigrated to England in her teens. These texts were not advised to be textbooks, or represent any angle alternative than the authors, but by comparing these texts we may acquisition how the account of delicacy accept afflicted in the amid years.
Shaw's feminism ability be accepted to accept afflicted his assuming of the changeable characters in his work, so the clairvoyant should be acquainted of a accessible feminist subtext. WSS is set in the Caribbean of the 1830's, and was accounting for a primarily English audience. The columnist ability accordingly be accepted to emphasise or amplify assertive aspects of the adventure to access the affecting aftereffect of breach amid the clairvoyant and the absent accountable and so the depictions may not be absolutely accurate.
Both of these works apparent stereotypes of acquiescent women and macho abstracts of authority, as ability be accepted from works set about the Victorian period. Pygmalion reflects these behavior to a degree, as Eliza is bedeviled by the macho characters, and abnormally Professor Higgins, during the three acts of the play. Her own ancestor reflects Victorian ethics in that he feels able to advertise her to Higgins, afterwards her ability or consent. However, the comedy challenges these behavior by accepting Eliza leave and angle up to Higgins during the aftermost two acts.
The comedy was additionally rather adventuresome for the day in casting a accepted annual babe as the heroine, and abnegation the comedy a accepted adventurous catastrophe in which the charlatan marries the hero. Chic and gender are inseparable, as apparent by Higgins' connected advertence to the 'gutter' Eliza came from. There is additionally the advancement that the alone affair amid the annual babe from the amazon is their educations. WSS mostly reflects Victorian changeable stereotypes, as the women are advised by the men as extensions of their property; Annette has to beg her bedmate for money, and Antoinette is affected to assurance all her backing over aback she marries.
The few distinct women are portrayed as actuality 'outsiders' in assorted ways; Christophine is from a altered island, and feared because she practices obeah; while Amelie, audacious of the white bodies she serves, is an alien in their company. There are abounding altered representations of delicacy in these works, and I feel the best way the analyze delicacy in these works will be to analyse the changeable characters relationships, and will analyse aboriginal the means the delicacy of the capital characters is represented in each.
In Pygmalion, Eliza's delicacy is accent firstly by her work; she is referred to in the comedy at aboriginal as artlessly 'The Annual Girl', and is apparent to use her gender to accomplishment the accepted benevolent attributes of the men; she deceitfully tells Pickering she's 'short for my lodgings', admitting accepting ahead said she could change bisected a crown. There are additionally again worries that Eliza is or could become a prostitute; Eliza herself recognises this, by her statements that she is 'a acceptable girl'.
After all, at the alpha of her training Eliza's aim is to assignment in a annual shop, yet there is no accessible position accessible for her, and aback her training is complete she feels clumsy go aback to affairs flowers on artery corners. Antoinette, the capital changeable appearance in Wide Sargasso Sea, is represented as actuality somewhat abject throughout the novel. The aboriginal allotment is told from her point of view, and is characterised by actual little advertence to her thoughts and feelings; she mostly seems to 'go with the flow'.
For example, aback the Coulibri acreage is set on blaze she about reacts except to do as she's told, and lets her ancestors accord with it. Afterwards this, Antoinette is afraid and teased; she does not retaliate, but instead runs abroad as anon as she can. Antoinette's vulnerability is the mirror angel of the tough, applied Tia and alive Christophine, which is an archetype of how delicacy is depicted abnormally amid the women of altered races.
The white abstracts in the Caribbean are about depicted as actuality somewhat out of abode and casting off, while the atramentous characters are allotment of a beyond and added naturally-developed association - Antoinette is clumsy to accomplish any absolute friends, as the white association has not been able to accommodate with the black; admitting the bounded atramentous adjustment is about able to about-face the afire of the Coulibri acreage into a apple outing. This reflects a affair of 'belonging', either to a home or in society, and additionally a accident of that place.
For example, Annette is apprenticed (or appears to be) batty afterwards the accident of her ancestors home. The aboriginal advertence to Antoinette acting batty comes aback she loses the faculty of acceptance to her estate; afterwards her bedmate sleeps with the assistant Amelie, he perceives her as accepting a 'crazy laugh'. This faculty of accident is akin to Eliza's accident of character and amusing class, as by the end of her training she has finer absent her antecedent identity. Eliza's axis point in the story, area she starts to angle up to Higgins, comes aloof commutual her training and acceptable Higgins' bet.
This is the point area she would be starting her new life, and so it makes faculty for her to breach off from Higgins. Next I will abstraction the assorted familial relationships amid the changeable characters. I will activate by analysing the representation of motherhood, a acerb represented accord in both works. The two capital characters in anniversary book anniversary appear from about single-parent families. In WSS, Antoinette is depicted as actuality rather attention-starved by her mother Annette, which ability explain her ache for amore with her bedmate later.
This seems agnate to her husbands' accord with her father, whom he feels has abandoned him; but he reacts by appearance his emotions, and seems to feel a admiring accord is unnatural. Antoinette does not affectation any absolute amore of her own appear her family, and never mentions arena with either her mother or her brother. Higgins seems to accept had a agnate accord with his mother in Pygmalion, to whom he displays an about baby attachment. Eliza's ancestor seems to accept bedeviled her at home, accustomed his references to assault her;
A alternating affair in both works is the changeable characters' assurance on men, and the apprehension that the men will accommodate for them. Eliza is abased on Professor Higgins for her transformation, and on Colonel Pickering for the money to accessible her annual boutique after on. The women in Wide Sargasso Sea are mostly represented as actuality somewhat helpless, and there are abounding examples of the changeable characters actuality 'saved' by men or defective a macho attendance in their lives: for example, the ancestors is alone rescued from abjection aback Annette marries Richard Mason, and after on, Antoinette is adored from bullies by her accessory Sandi.
So in Pygmalion, the changeable characters are mostly absolute from men, while the adverse is accurate in WSS. However, So Pygmalion's artifice has a added accessible feminist subtext than WSS, which is apocalyptic of the altered representations of delicacy in the cultures that fabricated these texts. However, the way Higgins treats Eliza is annihilation but feministic; and Shaw seems to be biased in favour of his macho characters; all the best curve assume aloof for Higgins. It could additionally be argued that the blah and calumniating attributes of the men in WSS authenticate why Rhys acquainted it was important to assure the rights of women.
However, there are inherent limitations to an interdisciplinary access such as this. A comedy is advised to be beheld in a actual altered way to a novel, and while WSS presents a accurate and authentic world, Pygmalion as a comedy is accessible to interpretation. There are abounding altered means of assuming the argument that could abort the aerial feminist subtext; for example, at the end of the blur My Fair Lady, based on Pygmalion, Eliza agilely allotment to Higgins, who asks her to back his slippers - the adverse of Shaw's intentions.
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