English World Lit Essays

 

Women are the only oppressed group in our society that lives in intimateassociation with their oppressors. ~Evelyn Cunningham

It is difficult to comprehend the enormity to which we are products of our own society; how our every action is influenced by the world we live in. As humans, we pride ourselves on our ‘evolutionarily streamlined’ adaptability to change, book after book is written, analyzing these changes;changes in power, changes in social structure, changes in way of life. Throughout history, as the way of life, social structure, and person in power has shifted, women have ultimately held the same role.Whether it’s a result of some inherent quality we possess, the society and cultures we have constructed,or a combination. The true immovability of women seems to have fascinated men and women. Crossculturally, cross history, we can see this. Despite the difference in time period, culture, and societalexpectations in Marquez’s

Chronicle of a Death Foretold 

and Mahfouz’s

 Midaq Alley,

there is onecommon theme displayed successfully by both authors. Both authors use of character relationships,tradition, and modernization depict the underlying consistency of unfair societal expectations imposedonto women.In

Chronicle of a Death Foretold 

and

 Midaq Alley,

Marquez and Mahfouz both highlight thetheme that women have a subsidiary status to men. Both authors use character relationships tounderscore this idea. This passage in

Chronicle of a Death Foretold 

describes what Prudencia did whilePablo was in jail. “Prudencia Cotes stood waiting in the kitchen until she saw them leave by thecourtyard door, and she kept on waiting for three years without a moment of discouragement untilPablo Vicario got out of jail and became her husband for life.”(63) The says a lot about. Marquez usedtone and word choice in this passage to show how women are viewed and expected to act in thissociety. The word ‘stood’ implies that she

stood

waiting for Pablo for 3 years, instead of being her own person she was simply property of her husband. The word ‘kitchen,’ shows the traditional relationship

 
  1. What are you supposed to write about in a world lit essay? I'm doing my essay on antigone but i'm not sure what i'm supposed to write..is it meant to be an argument or..? please help, our teacher hasn't explained anything to us..

  2. Hi, found an example for you:
    http://www.slideshare.net/EmmanuelCa...terature-essay

    Generally you tend to choose a theme within the book that you can base a question on.
    I believe mine was "How have the authors represented the struggle between freedom and imprisonment in ‘The Outsider’ and ‘One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich’ ?"
    You could however create a statement and say to what extent that statement is true.
    It's not so much an argument as an analysis of an extract(s) of the book(s) with respect to your question. By this I mean you must pick one or more extracts and pick apart phrases within them, discussing the significance of the words the author has used and to what effect. Mention lots of literary features e.g. pathetic fallacy, irony, foreshadowing, personification etc. where relevant and correct. These are like buzzwords for whoever will be marking your paper, it shows you understand what literary features are, an important aspect of the course.
    E.g. 'the author uses the weather to convey a sense of confinement because the sun is used to highlight the barbed wire and prison bars...' (that's just a quick example, you need to quote and be specific, don't ever be vague).
    If you are struggling to come up with a question write down all of the central issues and themes within your book and see if that gives you some inspiration, for example, a common theme between the two books I studied was imprisonment and that's how I came up with my question.
    I hope this helps and isn't too confusing

  3. Please help me also. I need to write my World Lit on either " A Christmas Carol" or "Tamas".

    I am not sure of what to write or how to go about the essay.

    Please help me.!

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