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Escape from Oppression Essay

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"Aunt Jennifer's Tigers" by Adrienne Rich tells of the repressed Aunt Jennifer who generates scenes representing freedom and fearlessness, but in fact is trapped and helpless. Only through her artistic expression is she able to find a temporary discharge from her entrapment. Back in "Trifles", Minnie Wright allows herself to become subjugated for thirty years until she frees her entire self, through extreme ways that contributes to a more permanent solution, murdering her husband. From a feminist standpoint, these two functions give different examples of how a woman is the throw since the "nonsignificant other" (Bressler 144), but discovers a way out of her continual oppression by devoting their insignificance. Rich begins her poem by describing the critters of Aunt Jennifer's tapestry. They are powerful and vibrant with no fear of men. One begins to feel that Aunt Jennifer, since the artist, has to be a free soul because she can dream of those tigers. They are over the men who wish to hunt them and therefore out of reach. This confirms the feminist notion that women's minds are just as complex as men's so their works of art ought to be valued beside that generated by men, not as poor goods: "both genders are to be valued as creative, rational individuals who can all contribute to their societies and their world." (Bressler 153) The second stanza introduces the reader to Aunt Jennifer. It stresses the battle and determination it takes for Aunt Jennifer to make her work of art under the "massive weight of Uncle's wedding band." Aunt Jennifer is not only trapped with her husband, but since the wedding ring symbolizes, by the culture which reinforces the marriage. Her tigers are above men, but Aunt Jennifer is held by her marr...

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