Female Friendships in Literature
This paper contrasts the importance of female friendships as described in J. Bauman's "Winter into Spring" and despaired of in "The Existential Paralysis of Women" by Simone de Beauvoir.
# 102428 | 1,365 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2008 |
Published on Mar 25, 2008 in Literature (World) , English (Analysis) , Literature (Comparative Literature) , Women Studies (Feminism)
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This paper explains that, although male dominated society excludes and exploits women, as portrayed in Ibsen's "A Doll House", the importance of friendship between women can overcome their marginality and restore women to the center of a husbanding society. The author compares Bauman's work to Beauvoir's and points out that Beauvoir writes about the exploitation of women in Western bourgeois society; whereas, Bauman recounts the trials of women in the void of that society smashed to pieces by the Nazis. The paper relates that Beauvoir sees the "eternal feminine" nature of a woman as shaped by the male dominated, patriarchal social structure even if women join together to off set the "masculine universe". The author thenstates that, in contrast, in Bauman's existential account of WWII, the friendship of five women who do "band together" to establish a "counter-universe" and survive is not only important but also vital.
From the Paper:"The women in Mrs. Pietrzyk's room joined their common longings for life and love to link themselves back into the woman's world of hope, mystery, the sway of her body moving through the ebbs and tides, and the attainment of woman's wisdom. They did this with nothing but their hearts in a time of death. The rejected martyrdom and the paralysis mold. De Beauvoir says the lot of woman's life is passive waiting, but in truth nothing is more powerful: "I've been thinking now about this glorious future that I dreamed up last night. Will it come true? Shall I ever live a free, useful, happy life with someone I love and who loves me? "
Sample of Sources Used:
- Bauman, J. "Winter into Spring". Chapter 8 from Bauman, J. Winter in the Morning: A Young Girl's Life in the Warsaw Ghetto and Beyond, 1934-1945. 1991. Virago Press.
- de Beauvoir, S. "The Existential Paralysis of Women". From Agonito, R. (ed) History of Ideas on Women: A Source Book. 1977. Putnam Publishing Group. Part 5,Chapter 21 from de Beauvoir, S. The Second Sex. New York. 1952. Alfred A. Knopf.
- Ibsen, Henrik. A Doll's House. From Worthen, W.B. (ed) The Harcourt Brac anthology of Drama. 1996.Harcourt Brace College Publishers.
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