During the time of the Thirteenth Night, women were not given rights and were seen as unequal to men. In addition to this, women were given limited educational opportunities. Ichiyo being a low status woman who supported her family on her own adds to her perspective in her writing. Ichiyo portrays the feelings and thoughts of many women during this time, who may not have had the voice to express them. During this time, women were expected to be the wife and mother. Women were the caregiver and the obedient wife. The thirteenth Night shows the perspective of a woman who was in a way rebelling against her social norms.
In the Thirteenth Night, social class has a high impact on Osekis relationships and the reasoning behind the decisions she makes. While Osekis husband is of higher socioeconomic class, Oseki and her family are of lower status. The difference in status between the two is the reasoning for how Oseki is treated in her relationship. Osekis husband belittles her due to her lack of education and does not see her as his equal. Despite her knowing this, Osekis run in with Roku makes her realize that this is how things have to be. Both Roku and Oseki come from the same class and although they shared romantic feelings for one another, their relationship would come to no benefit for her or her family. This encounter between the two contributes to the Marxist theory in which their socioeconomic class is the cause of their problems. Oseki can not leave her husband to be with Roku because Isami is of higher status and brings wealth and respect to her family.
I believe that when the narrative focuses on race, a writer’s race matters in which it may affect how the topic is analyzed. A person of one race may have their own perception or personal bias of another based on personal experiences and their own beliefs. When it comes to portraying one’s own race, the writer has a first hand perspective and can give their own unbiased opinion. While anyone can depict the struggles of another through their own point of view, the most accurate perspective comes from the person or group going through that struggle.
Kate Chopin being a white woman in the 1890s has a high impact on how she depicts other races in her writing. During this time, white people lived a very different life than poc, specifically black people. Due to these differences, one would expect Kate Chopin to sugarcoat or downplay the struggles and racism experienced by black people. However, Kate Chopin accurately depicts the simple truths about the experiences of black people and racism amongst her community during the 1890s. An authors race does not matter when they are stirring about race, so long as they are able to put their own personal beliefs and biases
While written activism in 1971 may have had a substantial impact during that time, I believe that in today’s society, written activism does not have the same impact for BIPOC. While in the age where social media serves as a platform for activism, written articles and news reports may spark controversy and start a discussion, but are quickly overshadowed by the next trending topic. Due to the increasing amounts of social media platforms and surplus of articles and posts being produced each second, information tends to be easily overlooked. Based on my observations, I believe demonstrative forms of activism such as protests, rallies and marches are more impactful ways to create change for BIPOC. Although writing does draw attention to certain issues, recent years have shown that giving people an outlet to publicly express their concerns is an effective way of bringing awareness.