Feminist Criticism comes in many forms and it is important to realise that feminist critics have a variety of goals. However, nearly all feminist criticism starts from one fundamental perception: the recognition that society is patriarchal, that the world is organised on terms dictated by men and to the advantage of men.
To this end some might revisit books by male authors and review them from a woman’s point of view to understand how they both reflect and shape the attitudes that have held women back.
Some might focus might focus on what the text shows of the power struggle between men and women.
Others might critique the ways in which the structure of language reflects and shapes patriarchal attitudes – privileging the male experience over the female.
They might examine misogynistic attitudes in Literature – the way the male and female characters and their behaviours are presented and depicted. Not just characters though, they might also examine how symbols or objects or roles typically associated with a particular gender are treated.
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