The Representation of Women in Toni Morrison’s Beloved (1987) and Malika Mokeddem’s The Forbidden Woman(1993)
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In this research paper, we have undertaken the task to lead a comparative study between two female writers: Toni Morrison and Malika Mokeddem. The purpose of this comparison is to study their respective works: Beloved (1987) and The Forbidden Woman (1993) in terms of gender. To our knowledge, they have never been joined before under the same study. Our intention is mainly is to highlight the common struggles of the female characters in these two works and the way they face the tyranny of the male dominated society and how they led themselves to affirm their identities through the disruption of the patriarchal traditional discourse. This research, then, relies on Simone De Beauvoir’s ideas held in The Second Sex (1949), which is classified in the second wave of the Feminist movement. In this book, De Beauvoir discusses the treatment of women throughout history, which matches the different contexts “the Black decade in Algeria and slavery in the United States of America, which means that those distinct periods had several repercussions on women’s subjugation. The work comprises a discussion of three important sections that include: the historical and literary contexts of the novels that led both authors to react, the representation of women and their objectification, and women’s liberation. The conclusion that can be drawn from the study shows Morrison’s and Mokeddem’s feminist ideology. We close our dissertation with the suggestion that both novels can be read from a feminist perspective.
- Département d'Anglais