FEMINIST RELOADED

FEMALE CHARACTERS IN TAGORE’S “NEW WOMAN”
AND WOOLF’S “A ROOM OF ONE’S OWN”.

The title itself suggests the very essence of Rabindranath Tagore’s work “New Woman”. He depicted several women as out-of-the-box characters highlighted by their fortitude, unabashed, interesting and not-to-be-missed character in literature. For instance, it is generally claimed that man has an achieving nature and therefore seeks meaning and direction outside the home. Meanwhile, a woman wishes to be where she is and thus, nurture family, care for the environment and more homely things. This Bengali writer is truly indeed a myriad-minded man bringing out women character a different perspective punctuated by his outstanding characterization. He just not represented them as mother and lover but a fraction of their whole beings yet their distinct roles added beautifully to the totality of their characteristics. He is trying to foresee something that is really quite unforeseeable in the literary world for women. The lucidity and solidity introduction of his thesis is wonderfully engaging.
Upon reading his works, we can mirror the shifts in political, economic and social circumstances. Moreover, we can never forget the way he represented women characters because his literary devices are thought-provoking. Seductress and physically awakened they might seem to be, it does not diminish their feminism. To add, the traditionally prescribed values for women is not underrated through his characters, matter-of-factly, they are given emphasis in an unconventional-no-non-sense way. He gave new colors, shapes and textures and the way things looked.
The readers may subtly see the directness, the strident style and the apparent lack of nuance, figuratively speaking so to speak in his women characters. Women have become sources of inspiration and imagination in his works delivering a force to reckon with among other literary writings worldwide. Highly emotional in tone with touches of wit and morality, women are given space to express their individuality including their thoughts, perceptions and emotions. He has ways of thinking about difficult ideas and sort of a meticulous organizer who wanted to clarify such concepts.
Sohini, as any other individual is a flawed person yet she does not stop being weak but confessed her wrongdoings. She has nobility of spirit having compassion for animals and strength of character having grace under pressure. Her magnetic personality comes from within showering other people her incredible thinking mind and feeling heart. She is earnest, sweet and noble and her poet’s soul shines through her behavior and attitude in life. She both combined impeccably the concrete world of the senses and immutable world of ideas in a tightly whole package. Moreso, in the lens of psycho-analytic criticism, she embraces the “ego” or the reality principle.
There’s no denying that Pishi’s powerful personality springs eternal. Her power is portrayed in a positive way because she exuded sacrificial love. She could deal with whatever situation she is embroiled in. Inwardly, she is marvelously lovely because she is capable of great love. Furthermore, in a less descriptive way, she embraces the “superego” or the morality principle.
Meanwhile, Nila is a woman of beauty whose beauty springs eternal and who cherishes deeply materialism over true love. She has the tendency to prostitute love and friendship for her own delight and motive. Her mode of thought is to inject a non-committal relationship wherein she embraces the “id” or the pleasure principle.
The positive and negative side of each character is absolutely astonishing. Both characters are diametrically opposed with one another yet complement each other and bring about innate and real self through each other. To highlight, Tagore’s New Woman had magnified love and the lack of it in his women characters. They are a combination of different things and a not- so- regular characters. Truth be told, he did not miss the opportunity to make us transcend our own level of taste whether to love or hate his women characters. In view of this light, it had improved literary criticism and will continuously improve feminism in literature.

As the critics concluded in “A Room of One’s Own”— it may have actually been to create a work that lay somewhere in between these two extremes. Arnold Bennett declared that Woolf’s essay is not a feminist work because it emphasizes not only women and their relationship to fiction but all people of genius who have not had an opportunity to use it because of their lack of money and privacy. Meanwhile, David Daiches, another critic, believed that Woolf’s essay is a feminist for she utilizes woman’s situation to make a more universal statement. The couple of critics apparently distort the scope of the essay by their own perception, nevertheless, readers may absorb different point of view and scale of point. Whichever between dialectical tension between these two concepts, her status of womanhood is a flicker of challenge that rose within the words into phrases into sentences into paragraphs.
Having come to terms with two critics’ opposing statement, it is me or something in me, which tells me that all female writers are a feminist or there’s a bit and part of their stream-of-consciousness writing that embraces feminism. As I read her essay, it really advocates feminism and asserts women profession to have equal footing on men’s profession. There’s a forceful and commanding voice to dare women to be dynamic, rich, lucrative in their writing careers. It is indeed a feminist literary writing for these reasons: she aspires for equal rights and opportunities for women to write fiction and she advocates development of personal style in the area of women’s fiction.
Her essay is beyond good that uncovers female tradition of writing and tends to increase awareness of the sexual politics of language and style. However, we cannot assume that there is a stance of competition where she would try to outdo men. There is just a resounding challenge to present the worth and esteem of women writers. Women had to work against the grain in order to write which reveals that she asserts feminine writing. To be a writer, one has to destroy the stereotyped image of housewife and mother and must have 500 pounds a year and a room of their own.
There’s more than meets the eye in her 500 pounds a year that serves as a challenge for women writers. This was too tenuous a basic for each woman writer to discover one’s writing capability. Is not that a statement that wants to put women on a pedestal? How can Virginia Woolf, a female writer herself underrate or downgrade the female writer themselves? She has a special female expression of women’s perspectives on a variety of social, cultural and political issues being committed to feminist position. Almost all female writers hope to reveal subconscious ideas to their text and want to transfer values to their theme/message of literary writings.
The mood and tone of her essay convinces women writers to assert themselves by showing how women have been marginalized in literature. She would like to liberate women writers from such ingrown prejudices in writing. Thus, women’s voices previously muted have been echoed and screamed out through feminism and one of its great examples is her essay. She reintroduced feminism into liberty or equality or fraternity. A Room of One’s Own is a standpoint of her feminist advocacy. I could say perhaps that her thesis statement is very inspiring in this respect.

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SOUL SEARCHING SESSION

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Silently, let us review our life and
ask ourselves the following questions:

• Who am I?
• What is the purpose of my existence?
• Who are my friends and enemies?
• Who are the sources of my happiness and loneliness in life?
• Who are my inspirations that keep me soaring and my distractions that keep me sinking?

• What do I really want in life?
• What activities in life that I really enjoy?
• What are the things people openly say about me?
• What is my standard of true friendship?
• What are the reasons why I got irritated and angry?
• What are my problems that hinder me from growth and success?

• Where is my truest home?
• Where should I go to enrich my natural gifts and potentials?
• Where should I share my blessings to others?
• Where will I go when I am feeling blue and lost?
• Where is my insecurity coming from most of the time?

• When do I know that I am truly intimate with a person?
• When is the right time to fall in love?
• When should I open or close my heart to a person?
• When should I say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to opportunities in life?
• When do I feel accepted or rejected?
• When is the limit of my temper?

• Why should I treat people around me as God’s treasure inspite of their imperfections?
• Why do I do the things that I do?
• Why do I belong in my family?
• Why do I need friends and companions?
• Why do I need to please lots of people?

• How do I perceive myself in front of others?
• How do I deal with the same sex as well as with the opposite sex?
• How knowledgeable I am to my own strengths and weaknesses?
• How important the word ‘gratitude’ is to me every time I open my eyes for another day?
• How much vigor is there in me each day despite that I do the same things over and over?
• How do I regard the ordinary day with extra-ordinary touch and how excited I am to life’s surprises?
• How open I am to the impermanence of life and strong I am to its storm and stress?
• How do I welcome people who will cross my path and how will I turn my enemies into allies?

 

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PHILOSOPHY UNLOADED

picsstudent1Importance of the study of Contemporary Philosophy

THE STUDY OF CONTEMPORARY PHILOSOPHY IF SIMPLY PUT TRANSLATES INTO THE SEVERAL AREAS OF THE LIFE OF MAN. IT ENCOURAGES MAN AND SOCIETY TO ACHIEVE SOMEHOW THE FOLLOWING:

PHYSICAL

• Be conscious of our physical appearance without being vain.

• Show modesty in dressing.

• Observe proper decorum.

• Exude poise and refinement in words and actions.

• Release good health, wellness and light aura.

MENTAL

• Cope with the demands for higher thinking skills.

• Synthesize ideas and opinions and gain deeper insights.

• Develop problem solving ability in terms of daily life situation.

• Evaluate experience and issues in life.

EMOTIONAL

• Identify our uniqueness and regard individualities.

• Handle properly our feelings and emotions.

• Find reasons to be happy and have positive outlook in life.

• Empathize with others and shed lights for those who are down.

• Accept the consequences of their actions and decisions.

SOCIAL

• Enjoy dealing with different kinds of people.

• Relate to others with goodwill and camaraderie.

• Share learning, talents and skills.

• Display social awareness in society.

• Take an active role and cooperate as a member of community and church.

MORAL AND SPIRITUAL

• Understand the bible, religious beliefs and teachings.

• Avoid print, audio and visual media that promotes Satan’s work.

• Attend mass and pray to GOD.

• Classify and re-asses values system for improvement.

• Never discriminate and judge people regardless of sex, culture, belief and tradition.

• Forgive persons who wronged and hurt us.

 

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FIND INNER BEAUTY

Super Vanity Attracts and Super Inferiority Attacks. In the words of the poet Emily Dickinson, “BEAUTY IS NOT CAUSED… IT IS….,” If beauty is not caused…..it is what? Many people are disillusioned by worldly-inspired craziness. We have distorted view of beauty and we think it is all there is to it. We have unquenchable thirst for beauty. We like things beautiful and we like beautiful things. The smorgasbord of our erroneous society tells us that if we’re ugly, we’re out! Better hide our face. Really? Whoever said that should go home with his/her big gorilla nose because we are all genuinely beautiful human beings in our own terms. We’ve been fooled by the epitome of a beautiful and handsome person. Cosmetics, make-ups, accessories, fashionable clothes, shoes, slimming pills, surgeries…… name it and the list on how to be beautiful and handsome could go on and on. “I want to be beautiful and striking like a beauty queen,” confesses a girl of my age. I cannot deny the fact that I’ve wished the same thing more than one. Who does not want to be beautiful and handsome? However, most of us have the picture of vanity and inferiority about beauty. How so? Read on…. Vanity attracts us. We spend thousands or even millions to have self-modification. We go under the knife to replace our fried-egg boobs with marvel-sized boobs. Vanity for me means making ourselves beautiful and handsome only in the physical level. We think that being like that is the best way to be included in the group or any social gatherings. We are enticed with what the fluctuating world tells us to be. We conform to the world’s standard and become sad and discourage when we did not turn out to be beautiful and handsome the way we wanted to be. Anyway, let’s think and feel beautiful. No one will do it for us except ourselves. Inferiority attacks us. Inferiority for me means convincing ourselves that if we are not beautiful or handsome, our life is in a dungeon and there’s no reason for us to be confident and smart. If we are too thin or too fat, too short or too long, have flat breasts and buttocks, big belly, bulging eyes, protruding nose, extra large mouth, zigzag teeth, dry or sallow skin, and many physical defects and ugliness, we can’t be happier than the beautiful and handsome persons can be! Are not the indications of poor self-esteem? Do we really value our personhood? Best of all, we should think and feel beautiful because we are created in the image and likeness of God. It is a fact that no one can oppose to it. In regards to Emily Dickinson’s poetry, “Beauty is not caused.. it is … let me continue it! Beauty is not caused. It is made by what we think in our mind’s perception of beauty. It will never be the cause. It is the effect of faith in ourselves, hope we promise to ourselves, courage to be ourselves, discipline we do to ourselves and goodness we have in ourselves.” THE ATTRACTIVE AND SEXY PEOPLE I kind of lost my train of thought by the sight of beautiful people. I consider these “League of Adam and Eve” as truly and certifiably attractive and sexy creatures ever live on this planet. I made this list since 2009 until 2010.. hope you like it…… THE ADAM SPECIES 1. Jensen Ackles- his great charismatic appeal can easily wow people. 2. Ben Affleck – he is a pure matinee idol because of his debonaire look. 3. Antonio Banderas – he has the knight in the shining armor personality taking us to for a Zorro spin. 4. David Beckham- let his eyes and lips do the talking plus his sporty appeal. 5. Jason Behr – he is palatable for both young and old creatures worldwide or even in other planets in his role in Roswell. 6. Orlando Bloom – his blooming personality enthroned him to be the darling buds of May. 7. Bono of U2- his iconic and sexy appeal draws people to his direction. 8. David Boreanaz – he is fast and furious like a seductive vampire making us a sucker for him. 9. Pierce Brosnan – he is the best looking Bondesque phenomenon I have ever seen. 10. Dean Cain– he sends us into orbit like the wondrously-praised “Superman.” 11. George Clooney –the first blush of youth had not fled from his face and figure, so we’ll go for him. 12. Matthew Connaughey – anyone who says he’s not attractive has a low class of handsome preference. He is a real hunk. 13. Tom Cruise – we’ll forget our blues and worries away in a moment if we’re in his arms. 14. Matt Damon- his reigning elegance and charm combined make girls go thump- thump over him. 15. Johnny Depp – there’s no denying that he is a whole lot of a giant hottie. 16. Leonardo Di Caprio – this Hollywood’s Golden Boy is definitely a real cool dude. 17. Eminem- his witty charm and naughty style makes him more handsome than ever. 18. Collin Farrell- this lovable antagonist still looks hot and sizzling even without the hair. 19. Brendan Fraser – his humorous yet sexy side of himself gives us the frills of being interested in him. 20. Richard Gere – this American Gigolo is the all-time favorite escort of every woman. 21. Mel Gibson- he has a lethal weapon of attraction. It is to be sure that he’s a man without an ugly face. 22. Josh Hartnett – he is an ultimate cutie pie creating such a stir in public. 23. Song Seung Hun- he is endearing enough to be called as the darling boy of Korea. 24. Hugh Jackman- hooray for this Aussie actor because he always has a shining moment. 25. Takeshi Kaneshiro- another Japanese beholder of handsomeness is about to make us fall for him. 26. Ashton Kutcher- there’s no need for cupid to strike an arrow in our heart, we’ll fall in love with him passionately. 27. Andy Lau- anyone who says he’s not attractive has a low class of handsome preference. 28. Jude Law- his dark shade style qualifies him to be the dashing debonaire of Tinsel town. 29. Tobey Maguire- he is the very definition of cuteness and sleek handsomeness. 30. James Marsden – that name rings a million of wedding bells… we all want to be his girl. 31. Ricky Martin – we’’ll go livin’ la vida loca for this hip- swiveling Latino star. 32. Michael Chad Murray- he’s exactly a kind of our man with ravaging punk style and sex appeal. 33. Robert Pattinson- many eyes will be glued to him because he’s a true cutie lad from Twilight Saga. 34. Ryan Philippe – all estrogen–bearing species dream him as a beau for his extra-ordinary appeal. 35. Brad Pitt – life with him is ten thousand worth living for he is drop dead gorgeous. 36. Freddie Prinze Jr. – he is everybody’s Prince charming romanticizing all of us. 37. Daniel Radcliffe- he is the Perfect Poster Boy carrying the Harry Potter mania. 38. Rain- Hollywood he is not but he is stylish, punk and darn talented. 39. Keanu Reeves – we’ll miss ½ of our lives if we don’t even know him. 40. Brandon Routh- he is super in more ways than one for his massive handsomeness. 41. Scott Speedman – he is born in the world to smitten our whole system being the Boy-Next-Door. 42. Alec Su – this head-banger Chinese will captivate women all over the world because he’s charming and praise-worthy. 43. Rob Thomas – does he rock or suck? He absolutely rocks because he is the Adorable Dreamboat. 44. Paul Walker- certainly another batch of flirting hormones tickle our system despite he is not around the corner. 45. Barry Watson – his manly appearance can take us to a different kind of world – Romantic World – that is! 46. Michael Weatherly- he reigns supreme in titillating the audience the handsome man in Dark Angel. 47. Justin Timberlake- he does not only charm us with his voice but with his easy to look at face and romantic spark. 48. Tom Welling – he stretches handsomeness’ boundary not to mention his perfectly chiseled cheekbones. 49. Robbie Williams – the way he sings and shows his torso makes him pleasurable than pleasure. 50. Vic Zhou- this Taiwanese heartthrob is a luscious Asian beauty titillating even the Caucasian girls. THE EVE SPECIES 1. Jennifer Aniston- this beauty connotes charm in fashion, style and speech. 2. Shiri Appleby- her amazing face soars as well as her unquestionable beauty chasing us to swoon over her. 3. Jessica Alba – her full lips and piercing eyes fashioned her to be the exotic beauty. 4. Tyra Banks- this femme fatale model seem spawned from Fountain of Beauty. 5. Drew Barrymore- an angelic face she will always exude being the darling of all people. 6. Kate Beckinsale- she has this picture perfect and attitude pose that’s why she’s tough and buff. 7. Halley Berry- her sun-warmed skin, adorable face and sexy body defy beauty standard. 8. Jessica Biel- she is a fever we want not to be cured. ‘Jessica’ – a fever ain’t no pain but a relaxing mood. 9. Rachel Leigh Cook – she is undeniably beautiful transferring us a positive energy of beauty and head- turning sexuality. 10. Penelope Cruz – she is the twin sister of Venus (The goddess of beauty). We can’t get enough of her. 11.Cameron Diaz- she has a crowd drawing appeal because she’s fun, pretty and lovable. 12. Hillary Duff- she is a simple beauty who connotes charm in her fashion, style and speech. 13. Eliza Dushku – she defines flammability. She’s one of the hottest gals in the planet. 14. Carmen Electra- she’s electrifying feature by feature of her face and body. 15. Megan Fox– this young star gives shiver and itch down our spine for her irresistible appeal and charm. We find true beauty in her becoming a crush potential. 16. Jennifer Garner – this dazzling soon-to-be a top caliber actress invites us to follow her around like a puppy dog because she is sought after. 17. Sarah Michelle Gellar – she’s really captivating bringing out an explosively smoochy flair and a tough buff. 18. Selma Hayek- she has a high physical fiber qualifying her to be an ambassador of beauty. 19. Jennifer Love Hewitt – her voluptuous body, alluring face and swanlike neck makes her an eye catcher lady. 20. Paris Hilton– she’s certainly the one we will lay our eyes on without blinking for she is interesting. 21. Katie Holmes – she is a pretty-rising star to take over the big screen with promising superstardom. 22. Jeun- Jee- Jhyun- We may envy her effortless beauty because there’s no need for her to put on make-up. She’s absolutely the “Sassy Girl.” 23. Scarlet Johansson- imagine a Caucasian beauty plus a million dollar sexy body and crowd-drawing aura— what we’ve got is the fire –engine Scarlet. 24. Angelina Jolie – her smash hit portrayal as “Lara Craft” has the making of a yummy and babelicious darling. 25. Catherine Zeta-Jones – this Welsh actress is the carbon copy of Helen of Troy……… a woman who launched a thousand ships. 26. Alicia Keys- her hair wrap in tiny micro braids is a fashion victory. Whoever said dark is out is a beauty flop. 27. Nicole Kidman – this Down Under fabulous actress is the Ageless Epitome of Beauty. She is blessed with star- quality looks. 28. Heidi Klum- this German export model can leave a trail of admiration because she is a globe-trottling one. 29. Keira Knightley- every time she extends those lips, a mega watt smile shines upon us. Oh! A beautiful enchantress she will always be. 30. Beyonce Knowles- the way she sways her hips and giggles her butt drives us crazy plus her oozing face and body. 31. Kristin Kreuk – we will never run out of reason admiring her because every angle is a kind of beauty trip. 32. Song Hye Kyo – she is the televised picture of feminism and beauty in Korea. We like her for being like that. 33. Avril Lavigne- her casualness and tomboyish appeal does not steal her beauty, in fact it adds up to her charm. 34. Lindsay Lohan- her cute predatory appeal qualifies her as a girl for all occasions. 35. Jennifer Lopez- she is a bonafide bombshell armed with envy–provoking vital statistics. 36. Madonna- she is a contemporary everywoman figure. We’ll vote her for the face of the century. 37. Rose Mc Gowan – she possesses a jaw-breaking beauty making us spellbound for a lifetime. 38. Alyssa Milano – she is charmingly delightful and undeniably desirable bewitching us to kiss the ground she walks on. 39. Natalie Portman – she is on the fast track to being Hollywood Pretty Girl. Her well-defined face and true wit never fail to impress us all. 40. Shui Qi- she is bestowed with a round the clock beauty without breaking a sweat. 41. Denise Richards – this brunette ethereal beauty without a doubt sweep off every man’s feet. 42. Julia Roberts – the list of “Identifiable True Beauty” wouldn’t be complete without this Fascinating Pretty Woman of Hollywood. 43. Keri Russell – her simple sophisticated appeal is an eclectic-driven womanhood. She is the definition of simplicity. 44. Winona Ryder – she has the sweetest face ever to grace on screen. How lovely is her face! 45. Julia Stiles- she is well-liked because she is young, simple and poignant. 46. Charlize Theron – she is a sexy-skilled seductress tempting us to drink into her fountain of beauty. 47. Uma Thurman – she spreads an earth-shaking charisma being the modern enchantress. 48. Vicki Zhao or Zhao Wei- – this Asian crooner is so cool without being frozen. No one could see her without being glamorized by her beauty. 49. Zhang Ziyi- she is an Asian presenters of beauty armed with porcelain gem skin and chinky eyes. 50. Reese Witherspoon- a likeable personality she exudes among us because she is a cute and hot mama.

 

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