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An analysis of social pressure and the alienation of women in angela carter's The Magic Toyshop and Jeanette Winterson's Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit

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2009
Karaman, Ayşe Gül
This thesis carries out an analysis of social pressure and the alienation of women in Angela Carter’s The Magic Toyshop and Jeanette Winterson’s Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit. It discusses the effect of social pressure on woman whose sexuality is ignored. This study initially focuses on the development of woman’s sexuality in relation to the female model described by heterosexual hegemony. It aims at taking a closer look at the alienation of conformist and non-conformist female characters under patriarchal force in Carter’s and Winterson’s works. In relation to women’s sexual identity, the thesis examines gender roles in the particular works. It discusses how women under patriarchal oppression are identified with passive female roles while men are associated with superior male roles. Thus this study iterates how women are alienated as a result of patriarchal gendering. With this aim, it questions the ways to destroy the patriarchal oppression for Carter and Winterson.