Misogyny in "A Girl Without a Dowry" Book Review by Babak

An examination of misogynistic ideals portrayed in Russian literature, based on a character analysis of the character of Paratov in Ostrovsky's "A Girl without a Dowry".
# 146029 | 1,525 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Dec 14, 2010 in Literature (Russian) , English (Analysis)

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This paper discusses how amongst all of the works of Russian literature the one that exhibits the most male dominance over women is "A Girl Without a Dowry" by Ostrovosky. The paper looks at how this fairly short play conveys a multitude of different methods by which women's worth is undermined in a male dominated world. The paper also examines how Ostrovosky depicts a social system where men not only control women's lives, but also a world where a female needs a male to survive and how, through the use of character dynamics, the play conjectures the opinion that male authority is an essential part of life that cannot be abolished. The paper looks at how "A Girl Without a Dowry" exhibits ideas of oppression against women through the frame of male misogyny, which is most strongly conveyed through the character of Paratov, who is rendered as the prototypical alpha-male.

From the Paper:

"Paratov's character is arguably the most dynamic male character in the play, in the sense that he fits in anywhere and gets along with everyone. However, many of the characteristics that establish Paratov as this well-rounded man are also values that make him the most misogynistic character in the play. One particular thing to focus on would be Paratov's style. A majority of the male characters in the play are seen in generally the same coat or the same suit, with not much variation in how they look from day to day. Unlike these characters Paratov wears a variety of outfits that are in different colors than traditional outfits. A specific outfit that stands out from the rest is his white suit with a matching white hat and overcoat, which he wears near the beginning. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Andrew, Joe. "Women in Russian Literature". The Slavonic and East European Review. Vol. 68. No. 2 (April, 1990). 312-313. Web.
  • Heldt, Barbara. "Terrible Perfection: Women and Russian Literature." The Slavic and East European Journal. Vol. 33. No. 2 (1989). 301-302. Web

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