Year 2019, Volume 5 , Issue 13, Pages 374 - 379 2019-04-28


Aisha Arshad [1] , Muhammad Safdar Bhatti [2]

The current paper is an expansion and comparative study of women perturbs representation via the text of two novels by two different women authors during the recent feminist movement. Angela Carter’s and Margaret Atwood’s novels background and text represented within its social, cultural and historical context during second wave of feminism, as it probed. It scrutinizes how this hand-picked pair of woman authors conducted feminism with woman identity in their novels and woman authors’ maneuvers their skills thematic exertion strives to help contemporary world to interpret the women oppression physically and mentally under the philosophy of Simone De Bevoir. The crux of the study was that whether they remained eminent and noteworthy in portraying woman oppression in contemporary society or they were on the same bank of the river during their depiction of the sexes. The pivot of this research is through the ideology of Simone de Beauvoir, “One is not born, but rather becomes a Woman”. Why and in what way women are oppressed in a patriarchal society. Both men and women should enjoy their status as human beings and must abide by their duties. Women should be judged on the basis of humanity rather than womanhood.

woman representation, mental, physical, oppression, society, culture
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Author: Aisha Arshad
Country: Pakistan

Author: Muhammad Safdar Bhatti
Country: Pakistan


Publication Date : April 28, 2019

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