Project #85067 - Literary Theory Analysis

Based on the literary theories listed in the supplemental materials this week, choose two separate theories and write one paragraph each on how that theory relates to any two of the following texts we've studied:

"The Guest," "This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen," The Metamorphosis, from A Room of One's Own.

This paper needs to be formatted properly in MLA format including heading, page number, double spacing, and works cited page. The content itself should not be more than one and a half pages---no intro, no conclusion--but written in paragraph format (one paragraph for each theory and text). For example, you will include in each paragraph: Author name, Title of work, Literary theory chosen, and an example from each text (in quotes) that proves the text does, indeed, meet the criteria to be viewed from that theory.

So please do not simply write:

In Virginia Woolf's "A Room of One's Own," the text meets the criteria of Feminist Theory because she could not have her own room.

Instead, view the theories presented (the Purdue Owl handout explains them well) and determine what about the Feminist Theory that the text actually exhibits very well. You do not need to give me a complete definition of each theory, but you do want to state the overall gist of the theory and what part of the theory aligns with the text (but you DO NOT need to cite the handout definitions used unless you use the EXACT wording--just make sure you don't take your ideas from the Internet. It would be a shame to be dropped with a zero passed the withdrawal date!) . For example, in #2 under Feminist Criticism in the Purdue Owl handout, it states:      In every domain where patriarchy reigns, woman is other: she is marginalized, defined only by her difference from male norms and values.

 

So in your actual paragraph, you could write:

In Virginia Woolf's "A Room of One's Own," the literary theory of Feminist Criticism is apparent when the narrator realizes that she, as a woman, is not allowed to enter even a library without a male escort or a letter of reference of man, showing the marginalization of women as lesser than their male counterparts.

Notice how the sentence above serves as the topic sentence to the paragraph which will prove BOTH that women ARE marginalized as noted in Feminist Criticism and that the patriarchal system with its norms and values are holding women back from moving forward during Woolf's time.

Next sentence:

According to Purdue Owl's reference of Literary Criticisms, Feminist Criticism addresses the theory of how aspects of a culture are male dominated, marginalizing women from a patriarchal society where men make the rules and women are excluded in some way.

The sentence above gives the overall gist of what Feminist Theory is according to the handout. While I used wording from the theory, I didn't use exact wording, so I do not have quotes around the words. I do, however, give credit to Purdue Owl, where the information came from. Next, I must state what part of the theory, specifically, I will be relating to in my paragraph:

Woolf exposes the patriarchal norms and values of her society when in the text, she writes of an experience where she tries to go to a library to find information on an exact manuscript of a writer and is turned away by the male librarian: "...But here I was actually at the door which leads into the library itself. I must have opened it, for instantly there issued, like a guardian angel barring the way with the flutter of a black gown..., a deprecating, silvery, kindly gentleman...waved me back that ladies are only admitted...if accompanied by a Fellow of the College or furnished with a letter of introduction" (Woolf 342). The narrator is shocked that she is unable to enter a building simply because she is not a man. She further notes that the building itself does not care whether she enters or not, but to the male librarian, the library should not be "cursed by a woman" (342).

In these few sentences, I have explained to the reader what happened in the text that SHOWS the marginalization of women in Woolf's culture, just as I stated in the topic sentence. I also explain the exact part of Feminist Criticism (theory) that Woolf shows in this part of her writing. I set up the scene, so I can bring my quote in to prove my point. I use a quote (and in a regular paper if the quote is over three sentences long, it would need to be indented as a long quote as noted in the MLA Handbook) which shows what happens to the narrator. I use one sentence to state why that sentence is important to my point. Then I give a second quote, further supporting my claim that patriarchy does exist ---since it is a man who cares that she enters the library, not the library itself.

My next move is to sum up the paragraph for the reader with the final sentence.

A male excluding a woman from entering a place simply because she is not with a man or that she does not have a letter from a man stating she can enter shows the marginalization of women in Woolf's society and exposes male misogyny toward women as critiqued in the Feminist Theory.

That is it. I wrap up with my point and include the theory, the author, and the point made. Nice and neat.

Note that I do not compare that period to today's world. I stick with the point of the text. WE--TODAY--look at texts BACK THEN--so the theory is relevant NOW--we are just explaining HOW that theory fits into literary works previously written.

So, two of those paragraphs and you will be good!

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