The Red Tent
The Rent Tent is a historical fiction telling the story of Dinah. This fiction is derived from the biblical story of Jacob’s sons and their murderous story. This is from the book of Genesis chapter 34. Many bible readers have found this story a rather complex narration as they recount how Dinah keeps silent as she is assaulted by her brothers. The Red Tent is a story told from the first narrative which Dinah finds a voice as they care and support for each other at the red tent. The tent is a place which menstruating and women who have given birth gather to gossip about their challenges they go through. It is also in this tent that the women support and encourage one another. The tales from the characters as well as their names are pat of our families and culture. These characters are the parents Rachael, Jacob and children such as Leah and Joseph.
The Red Tent is written by Anita Diamante and was first published in 1997. This is book is a modern biblical fiction which narrates the female perspective in the biblical society. Dinah is the only daughter of Jacob’s offspring in the book of Genesis which Anita Diamante creates her voice which gives the readers insights of a women life in details during the biblical times. This is an aspect that has for long been ignored leading to lack of chronological stories of women at the times as well as their earthly stories. The rent tent is the place for women in the cycle of menses, illness and birth are sequestered.
At the Tent, Dinah overhears the stories whispered by her four mothers who are Zipah, Rachael, Bilha and Leah who are all Jacobs’s wives. Through provoking oratories the women tell the stories in a remarkable way. Dinah listens to the biblical passages but she realizes that the bible lacks the stories of the lives of women. Dinah narrates to the readers about the tribe’s sexual practices as well as its religion which include Jacob courting with Leah and Rachael, midwives, farmer, the ancient caravan world, the slaves and the ill-fated journey she experienced in Sachem. She also narrates of her life in Canaan and of Joseph her half brother and leader in Egypt.
Through Dinah, the author creates an interesting interwoven story by depicting her as a woman of courage and the life she could live. These women are connected together despite there conflict. They share things in common just like great goddess into a united group beyond ones needs and wants. That is why Dinah says,” we are all born by the same mother “which she realized later in her life (123). This new perspective in the biblical times as the symbol of women love, wisdom, and strength as they find a voice to tell their own stories.
A Doll’s House
The book the Doll’s House is a play published in 1879 which criticizes the marriage norms of the 19th centaury. A Doll’s House is a play prominently known as the true feminist genre. It is also the play written in support of naturalistic movement which depicts real situations and real events in life contrary to the age of romanticism. Henrik Ibsen is the playwright of A Dolls House. Jane Fomnda who acted the character Nora is depicted as a fluttering woman yet strong. The main theme in the book is on the importance of women’s rights which was so much neglected at the time.
The woman roles during the 19th century were to be a homemaker, rear the children and serve the needs of her husband. Nora is a 19th century woman who is a victim of circumstance. She is an individual struggling to create her identity and voice as she is faced with the social conventions which are tyrannical. Such a character ends up being torn up into two different perspectives. Nora has the responsibility to others as well as her duty to herself. She tries to discover her authentic identity despite the oppression she is going through. She plays the inferior role to her husband by doing all means to protect the pride of her husband even at one time contemplating to commit suicide so as to save her husband from shame.
Her husband Torvald is a respected individual in the society. He is a bank manager with very many responsibilities. According to him, his wife Nora is also part of the responsibility. He is a very authoritative man and his physical and social appearance comes apparently ahead of his wife. Despite the claim that he loves Nora, he cares less about her feelings but worriers much about his reputation.
Outwardly, the relationship between Torvald and Nora appears happy , but Norah is treated like a small child who is not allowed to think on her own and make money on her own but has to be a loving and subservient wife. He calls her, “my little Squirrel’ (pp, 1565) or “my Spendthrift" (pp, 1565). Despite this, Nora is a dynamic character, she changes with circumstances. Nora has an inauthentic identity in which means that her personality is not identical to her character.
She is a perfect identity of a doll wife who has been spoon-fed by her father and husband and who has been given all the men’s attention. Nora realizes that the love she has for her husband is not reciprocated even though she fought hard to save his life. Torvald says, "now you have wrecked all my happiness - ruined my future”(1606). These shows how self-centered he is. Her voice is found when she comes to a realization that their marriage is fake and was not based on love but of mutual benefit associated with the social status they have acquired. She decides to solve this by leaving Torvald and find her self independence. Hence no longer a doll to be controlled by her husband and master.
Isben, H ((2009) A Doll's House, Publisher Arc Manor LLC.
Diamant A, (2007) The Red Tent, Edition10, reissue, reprint, annotated. Publisher Picador.