The Fate Of Three Women


The Fate Of Three Women
Unlike men, women have been facing unique problems for
centuries. Often times, women experience harassment and
discrimination. In today's society, females are trying to
combat their tribulations through law suits and protest
rallies. Literature often deals with people being unable to
articulate their problems. Often, unforeseen circumstances
force people to conceal their true emotions. In "Raise the
Red Lantern", The Handmaid's Tale, and "A Doll's House",
the main female characters find ways to escape their
situations rather than deal with them.
Songlian, the main character in the foreign film "Raise the
Red Lantern", finds unusual ways of dealing with her
oppression. For example, Songlian often takes her stress
out on her maid, Yan'er. Whenever Songlian feels the need
to relieve her tension, she screams at Yan'er. Songlian's
treatment towards her maid results in a bitter rivalry
between the two and ultimately leads to the death of
Yan'er. Instead of expressing herself publicly, Songlian
chooses to keep her emotions bottled up or take them out on
Yan'er. Another example of this concept occurs when
Songlian becomes intoxicated. Due to her unfortunate
situation, Songlian chooses to drink an enormous amount of
alcohol on her birthday. In her mind, she feels that she
has nothing to look forward to in life. So Songlian escapes
real life by drinking. This is yet another example of
Songlian's feeble attempt to escape her troubles.
Furthermore, Songlian's outlook on life becomes so bleak
that she literally goes insane. Since she witnessed the
death of the third mistress, she confirms her fear that
there is no escaping her situation. Thus, she drives
herself crazy. Therefore, we can see that Songlian uses
techniques to try and escape her fate.
The next work, entitled "A Doll's House", deals with Nora,
the main character, struggling to achieve happiness in
life. While Nora lives with her husband, Torvald, she
pretends to be happy and satisfied with life, but in
reality, Nora lacks purpose in her life. For eight years,
she never discusses her situation with Torvald because she
does not want to face the truth about herself. Nora feels
obligated to live her life as a caring mother and an
obedient wife. Also, Nora pretends to be happy for a
reason. Whether she knows it or not, Nora tries to be the
ideal wife and mother by letting herself be governed by the
laws of society. Because she decides to settle for what she
has, her life is pointless. Nora's first step towards
achieving happiness occurs when she leaves her husband and
kids in search of a better life. Although Nora's life is
not yet fulfilled, she is on her way attaining a better one.
Lastly, Offred from "The Handmaid's Tale" uses different
tactics to cope with her situation. Offred, the main
character of the novel, is trapped within a distopian
society comprised of a community riddled by despair. Though
she is not physically tortured, she is mentally enslaved by
the overwhelming and ridiculously powerful government.
First off, Offred reminisces about the way life used to be
by remembering stories about Luke, her husband, Moira, her
best friend, and her daughter. As mentioned earlier, Offred
lives in a horrific society which prevents her from being
freed. Essentially, the government enslaves Offred because
she's a female, and she's fertile. Remembering stories of
the past provide her with temporary relief from her binding
situation. Also, Offred befriends the Commander's aide,
Nick. Offred longs to be loved by her husband, and she
feels that she can find that love by being with Nick.
Offred risks her life several times just to be with Nick.
Feeling loved by Nick gives Offred a window of hope in her
otherwise dismal life. Finally, instead of proclaiming her
feelings out loud, she suppresses her feelings. The result
is a series of recordings which depict her life and the
things she wishes she could change. Through these examples,
it is apparent that Offred cannot face her problems because
of outside circumstances.
Works such as "Raise the Red Lantern", "The Handmaid's
Tale", and "A Doll's House" deal with females being unable
to face their problems. A plethora of authors have written
on this subject matter. Though some problems are
unavoidable, one can overcome certain situations by being
more assertive. Along with male domination and the laws of
society, women have had to contend with other challenging
and oppressing situations. Yet despite this, women in
modern society are becoming more powerful. 


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