THESIS- These texts reflect the experiences of men and women in previous society’s
Intro – Introduce texts dramatic SCND, and poetic in MLD and PL
Displays imbalance of power, gender (female repressed in pat society)
Text explores beliefs and values of love, poverty, social repression and class structure.
Study texts Power structure within pat society
Time period Renaissance and post modern
MBP-1 Street Car Named Desire By Tennessee Williams -
Topic sentence- In Streetcar Named Desire the idea of poverty is developed through the construction of two female characters.
Females marginalized in the text, as they are reliant on the male gender for economical and financial support.
Pat society of post WW2 America = female repression
Stella tolerates Stanley’s violence+ sexual transgressions
Needs this to remain a working class married women
Stanley seen as savior “ Took you down form them white pillars baby”
Complementary character Blanche – Lost family estate, doesn’t have a job, cant afford to cater for her own needs, Characterizes herself as a new women to appeal to men in order to gain eco sup
Post modern reader reject double standards 1940’s American society.
In 21st century I endorse the idea of gender equality and reject the marginalization of the female gender as a result of states.
MBP -2 My Last Duchess- Robert Browning’s-
Topic sentence- Many of the poetic works of Robert Browning are considered to highlight the unequal distribution of power in regards to gender and prevalent conservative attitudes towards female sexuality.
Browning is criticizing the patriarchal nature of the Victorian period. He challenges the belief that a wife was a man’s property and that her role was to simply serve and gratify the desires of her husband within the domestic sphere.
He does this through the characterisation of the Duke. The Duke is a symbolic representation of the patriarchal beliefs of Browning’s society.
The audience is positioned to see the Duke as evil and controlling and therefore how cruel and impractical it is to consider a person an object to be controlled and possessed.
Browning’s two poems “My Last Duchess” and “Porphyria’s Lover” contribute to a readers understanding of the extent to which men had power over women within this era.
That's my last Duchess painted on the wall,/Looking as if she were alive. I call/That piece a wonder… and there she stands./Will’t please you sit and look at her... that pictured countenance,/The depth and passion of its earnest glance”
“(since none puts by/The curtain I have drawn for you, but I)”
They don’t actually ask, because they don’t dare, but the Duke thinks he can tell that they want to.
Parenthetically, the Duke mentions that he’s always the one there to answer this question because nobody else is allowed to draw back the curtain that hangs over the portrait.
Only the Duke is allowed to look at it or show it to anyone else. This is clearly his private gallery, and we’re a little afraid of what might happen to someone who broke the rules there.
Curtains – hiding, blocking something out. He is in control of her. Knowledge and realization. He has control of the truth. He can control people’s perception of her. Reinforces how much control he believes that he is entitled to have over a woman. Excessive – positioned to see this as unnecessary.
This figurative language has been used to construct a suffocating relationship between the controlling persona and their female counterparts. In “My Last Duchess” a megalomaniacal Duke discusses his lack of control with his last wife.
Painting – Symbolic of his objectification of her. He values her only in terms of being a possession of his – piece of art in a gallery.
I endorse Browning’s views in…