April 23, 2004

If one slacketh, one payeth

I have been slacking on my Lit paper. Though I do know that I would like to write, Kate Chopin's The Awakening, a story about a woman who finds a personal and sexual awakening from separating herself from her family duty, and "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, about a woman who is driven mad by a restive cure prescribed by her husband (a doctor) are my definite picks.

I am not really sure what I would like to analyze. Their backgrounds? Chopin was a mother of six who wrote to assuage the pain of her husband's death eventually dying after a visit to the St. Louis World's Fair, whereas Gilman divorced, remarried and killed herself after learning of her cancerous state. Though both were largely unpopular both in sales and reputations as writers for their unorthodox styles, they lead very different lives.

I could talk about their characters. Which protagonist is more realistic? Which one is a more accurate representation of a repressed woman? I don't know.

Then there is the whole feminist side of it. Compare and contrast the feminist qualities that are depicted in each work. I sound like I could be a prompt maker for an English textbook.

My biggest problem is limiting my thesis to something doable. Either it is too big, too little, or "water is wet," which cannot be antagonized.

If anyone would like to offer their opinions to my weekend endeavor. Feel free. Have mercy on a slacker.

Posted by Amanda Cochran at April 23, 2004 3:52 PM

My suggestion may seem obvious, but it's valid in my situation: use a working computer. (aka don't come to my dorm room and intend to work on a paper without it being deleted or entirely in CAPS LOCK...) Needless to say, I'll be working from my home computer (brand new!)...

Amanda, I'm sure whatever you do with the paper will be phenominal, but don't stress yourself over it. A little rest goes a loonnng way; don't forget to write--really write. ;^)

Posted by: Karissa at April 24, 2004 12:28 AM

Update: I have my thesis!!! It is good too. Ya wanna hear it? Okay :-)

Though both pieces depict feminist issues relative to the era, "The Yellow Wallpaper" is a better representation of the historical reality at the turn of the century; the protagonistís character development (her submissiveness to her husband), internal struggles (facing the battle of duty to her children and family), and descriptions (real, tinged with cynicism) in Gilmanís piece indicates an environment closer to actuality, an element Chopin's novel lacks.

Posted by: Amanda at April 24, 2004 12:36 AM

oooooo... ahhhhhhhhh...
That sounds pretty good to me! I'm sure you can do it. The thesis is interesting to me, since I've read some Chopin in my time.

Posted by: Karissa at April 24, 2004 10:02 AM
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