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Feminism

A Feminist Critique of The Joy Luck Club, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and The Secret Life of Bees.
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Julia Huber

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Click anywhere & add an idea A Feminist Critique of
The Joy Luck Club,
A Thousand Splendid Suns,
and The Secret Life of Bees The Joy Luck Club A Thousand Splendid Suns The Secret Life of Bees A Feminist Critical Approach men are favoured gender throughout history
brings attention to female concerns, ideas and accomplishments Inequity in:
choice
treatment
pay
Power of women
groups two Afghan women
rule of the Taliban
sixteen interlocking stories
four Chinese and four American daughters white teenage girl and black female housekeeper
trio of beekeeping sisters
Inequity in Choice arranged marriages
novels, past, present
Natasha Fatah, whom was put in an arranged marriage situation herself, states about arranged marriages: "I think it’s a really bad thing, and it’s a tradition we need to separate ourselves from”
miserable lives In The Joy Luck Club Lindo Jong, age two
not meet until eight or nine
age twelve, house destroyed, move in with Huang's
ill-treated in marriage
"He made special efforts to make me cry" (Tan 50)
"I wondered why my destiny had been decided, why I should have an unhappy life so someone else could live a happy one" (Tan 53) In A Thousand Splendid Suns Mariam, age fifteen
promised good life
used to pass on male's family name
seven miscarriages
"Now you know what you've given me in this marriage. Bad food, and nothing else" (Hosseini 104)
Laila
parents killed by Mujahideen rockets
second wife
also experiences hand of Rasheed
arranged marriages portrayed correctly In The Secret Life of Bees
black women cannot vote
The Civil Rights Act of 1964
men's opinions superior to black women's
Rosaleen immediately votes
within months 250 000 black women registered to vote Inequity in Treatment In The Joy Luck Club Wu Tsing's five concubines
An-Mei's mother
disrespects women
First Wife is continually sent on pilgrimmages
allowed to return home twice a year
immediately remarries
rapes An-Mei's mother
An-Mei's mother commits suicide In A Thousand Splendid Suns Taliban take over Kabul in 1996
enforce new laws, strip women of rights
"Attention women: You will stay inside your homes at all times...If you go outside, you must be accompanied by a male relative. If you are caught alone on the street, you will be beaten and sent home...You will cover with a burqa when outside. If you do not, you will be severely beaten...You will not make eye contact with men. You will not laugh in public...Girls are forbidden from attending school" (Hosseini 278)
Mullah Mohammad Omar: "A woman's face corrupts men"
misogyny
"Half the time, she never made it to the orphanage...she was spotted by the Taliban and riddled with questions...Then the whips came down and the antennas sliced through the air, and she trudged home, bloodied, without so much as a glimpse of Aziza" (Hosseini 320-321)
“[Mariam] kept stepping on the hem and stumbling. The loss of peripheral vision was unnerving, and she did not like the suffocating way the pleated cloth kept pressing against her mouth” (Hosseini 72)
In The Secret Life of Bees Lily mistreated by father
falls asleep outside
kneel in grits
“I’d been kneeling on grits since I was six, but still I never got used to that powdered-glass feeling beneath my skin” (Kidd 24)
believes all women experience grits routinely
"As long as you live under my roof, you'll do what I say"(Kidd 26) Inequity in Pay A report by General Accountability Office states: "Working women today
earn an average of 80 cents for every dollar earned by their male counterparts" In The Joy Luck Club Lena St. Clair at Livotny & Associates
responsible for Harold's success
makes seven times less
split living costs evenly
basic needs of living need to be met In A Thousand Splendid Suns Taliban bans women from working
no income for family, sell everything
families suffer
discriminatory managers today
only exception: few female doctors
inaccessible health care for women
Laila in labour with second child
Mariam exclaims: "[Laila's] water broke and the baby won't come"
Nurse replies: "We'll get to her"
suffers from fallout of inequity in pay In The Secret Life of Bees denial to pay Lily
manages peach business
isolated to work
"He didn't believe in slumber parties or sock hops...he refused to drive me to town for football games, pep rallies, or Beta Club car washes" (Kidd 8)
sew own clothing Women derive power, strength and courage from other women in order to assert themselves in a male dominated society. Female Bonding in The Joy Luck Club Suyuan Woo creates "The Joy Luck Club"
Kweilin, violence occurred everywhere
feelings of helplessness
Chinese game, Mahjong, and feasts
forced out of Kweilin
"The Joy Luck Club" in America
immigrant women from China
manage situations Female Bonding in A Thousand Splendid Suns Mariam and Laila
Laila talks to Tariq, Rasheed becomes angry
"He [Rasheed] was on top of Laila, his eyes wide and crazy, his hands wrapped around her neck. Laila's face was turning blue now, and her eyes had rolled back" (Hosseini 348)
"He'd taken so much from her in twenty-seven years of marriage. She would not watch him take Laila too" (Hosseini 348)
Mariam kills Rasheed
free from years of abuse, misery and heartache
love for Laila escapes superiority of Rasheed Female Bonding in The Secret Life of Bees Daughters of Mary
allows Lily to assert herself against T.Ray at the end
"As long as you live under my roof, you'll do what I say!" (Kidd 26)
"Then I'll find another roof!" (Kidd 26)
at end, T.Ray plans to take Lily home
"I'm staying here...I'm not leaving" (Kidd 296)
"I remember the sight of them standing there waiting. All these women, all this love, waiting" (Kidd 299)
In Conclusion A Feminist Critique of Demonstrate inequity in choice, treatment and pay toward women, and how female companionship allows women to discover the power, strength, and courage needed to assert themselves in a male dominated society.
overcome for centuries
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