CONFINEMENT AND RESISTANCE OF WOMEN IN THE AWAKENING AND THE BELL JAR
them are Kate Chopin and Sylvia Plath who represent women in their works. In this perspective, Chopin’s The Awakening (1899), and Plath’s The Bell Jar (1963) focus on different periods but emphasize common problems of women such as patriarchy and its pressure on women. From this point, the analysis of the works will reveal how patriarchy puts pressure on women and reactions of women against it.
Firstly, in order to reveal the pressure of patriarchy on women, the method their works adopt should be understood.So, the power relations and usage of power in social space need to be emphasized. In this perspective, power, ideology and space concepts will be explained and these theories will be applied to the novels. By the help of these theories, the power relations among men and women and the reactions of the women will be studied.
Finally, the analysis of the two works will reveal the ways, methods men choose to restrict women, and the way women resist against all these oppressions and their solutions to the confinement.
Key Words: Woman, Confinement, Space, Ideology, Power