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Essay On Chauvinism

Essay on Feminism and Chauvinism in Beauty And The Beast

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Beauty and the Beast is a wonderful children’s movie, its directed by: Gary Trousdale, and Kirk Wise, and produced by: Don Hahn. Disney is the main sponsor and gives the movie the best cast of artist and musicians. Who would except anything else from Disney, they are the best at children’s films. At the same time, Disney succeeds in teaching our children a very vital lesson in life, how good looks and fame is not the key to true love. Which is created throughout the movie of Beauty and the Beast released in 1991 with the most sincere reviews and touching style. Consequently, the movie exploits a great deal of feminism and chauvinistic ways unexcitable to this day and age.

Marian Belle is the main character, she lives with her father…show more content…

Similarly, you have a scene with a widow holding about four kids begging a man for six cents in which the man was just shoving her off like a dog or cat. After all, this is just the first scene in the movie. Personally I never realized this horrible display of feminism until I paid a little closer attention to what is going on around the main characters.

Meanwhile, as Belle is finishing her walk through the chauvinistic town, Justin jumps in font of her grasping the book she was peacefully reading and says “Its not right for a women to read then they start to get ideas and thinking.” If this were a statement made by a stubborn political figure back in the 1800’s I would understand because that was just how things tend to work back then. However, this is a movie written in the 1990’s for children to watch seventy years after women got the vote and were recognized to be equal to men. Nonetheless, I probably doubt that most children who view this movie look at it in a chauvinistic way but if they did recognize the feminism towards women it would upset them. Adults on the other hand, pick up on these inessential parts of the movie and are struck with disappointment. As I viewed the movie and realized what was actually going on it hurt me to think that in such an innocent movie things of this nature take place. Indeed, this is just the first few signs of feminism. Sadly but surely the events that lead me to think of

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Literature to Combat Cultural Chauvinism:
A Response


In my response to Satya P. Mohanty’s interview, I am primarily interested in driving home the point that different Indian vernacular literatures need to be viewed and read as a part of Indian Literatures rather than as “Vernacular Literatures.“ Only then can the complexity, richness and variety that Indian society encompasses become apparent and at the same allow Indian literatures to become a part of World Literature. At the same time, it will allow students of literature to get a glimpse into the myriad hues of cultural and regional diversity that the world boasts of, rather than focusing on a few. But there are challenges, and the first part of my essay focuses on these challenges and how a united vision helps to overcome the same.

In the second part of the essay, I go on to discuss how different texts belonging to various languages of the Indian literary heritage should be read in order to depict similarities cutting across regional/national/international boundaries. I emphasize the role of the reader as critic, not of the text but of the reality that it portrays. Lastly, I underline the role of the author, who in presenting an imperfect reality aims at change, a change which is not possible without a critical reception by the reader. In the process of writing and interpreting, both the reader and writer function as social reformers.

Indian Literatures: Scope and Challenges

Chha Mana Atha Guntha (Six Acres and a Third) is a text that has through its innovative narrative style given Realism a new, distinct flavor. The omniscient narrator presents a discourse in which the reader becomes as much a part of the text as the narrator. It is at the reader’s discretion to understand the satire, humor, irony and parody implicit in the text and to form her own opinion about 19th century colonial India.

Satya P. Mohanty’s interview raises several thought provoking questions regarding the shape of Indian literatures, their current status and future. The idea driving the underlying discourse is that these literatures should look ahead of their (post)colonial status so as to integrate and become a part of the world literature, as opposed to falling into the narrow compartments of regional literatures. Every region of the world has its own richness in terms of social, religious and political history, which ought to be tapped in the best possible way to bring about the formation of meaning. This should be done in a manner that illuminates, ameliorates and at once displays the richness of the culture it belongs to. However, the path ahead is not as easy as it seems. There are challenges that need to be taken into account and addressed.

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