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Hello, does anyone know any examples of Phallogocentrism in either A streetcar named desire or Wuthering heights? Thank you so much if you do.
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Original post by Rachel366
Hello, does anyone know any examples of Phallogocentrism in either A streetcar named desire or Wuthering heights? Thank you so much if you do.


Yes, I can certainly help you with that! Phallogocentrism is a term used in literary theory to describe the dominance of male-centered thinking and language in a patriarchal society. It refers to the privileging of male perspectives and voices, often at the expense of women.

Here are some examples of Phallogocentrism in both "A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams and "Wuthering Heights" by Emily Brontë:

"A Streetcar Named Desire" by Tennessee Williams:

Stanley's dominance: The character of Stanley Kowalski represents a phallogocentric perspective. He exerts control and authority over Stella and is threatened by Blanche's presence, as she challenges his authority and disrupts the traditional gender roles in his household.

Objectification of women: Throughout the play, women, especially Blanche, are often objectified and judged based on their physical appearance and sexuality, reinforcing the phallogocentric view that women are defined primarily by their relationship to men.

"Wuthering Heights" by Emily Brontë:

Patriarchal society: The novel is set in a patriarchal society where male dominance is unquestioned. Characters like Heathcliff and Edgar Linton exert their authority and control over the female characters, Cathy and Isabella.

Treatment of women: Women in "Wuthering Heights" are often depicted as passive, submissive, and subject to the whims of the male characters. This aligns with the phallogocentric view that women are meant to be controlled by men.

Catherine's limited options: Catherine Earnshaw is torn between Heathcliff and Edgar, but her choices are constrained by societal expectations and norms, reflecting the limitations placed on women's agency in a phallogocentric society.

Both of these literary works reflect the phallogocentric nature of the societies in which they are set, and they explore the consequences of male dominance on women's lives and agency.
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Thank you so much xx😄😄😄😄😄

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