Feminist Criticism : A Of The Rights Of Women Essay

1000 Words Aug 31st, 2015 4 Pages
To quote the great, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “feminist: a person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.” Feminism. The ideology of women having an equal stand with men. The rise of feminism, in the 18th century, lead to a new form of criticism: feminist criticism. This type of criticism developed with the three waves of feminism. First wave feminism started in the early 1700s highlighting the inequalities between men and women. The book, A Vindication of the Rights of Women, by Mary Wollstonecraft illuminated the way for other first wave activists like Susan B. Anthony. Wollstonecraft wrote about “female rights and manners” and how the “improvement [of women] must not be overlooked.” She criticized the way women continued to be treated and the expectations held in the 18th century social environment. Wollstonecraft also stresses the male domination in the world and women’s struggle to become equal. This expresses the way women are continually oppressed by the patriarchal ideas of male superiority, not just socially, but economically, politically and psychologically. Additionally, revealing the principles of women living in area where patriarchy reigns they will always be women defined by the male normative and their values. This prompts many feminist literary critics uses Wollstonecraft’s theories to examine relationships between male and female characters, specifically the way the male characters treat the female characters also,…

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