Comparing Women In Blood Relations And Johnson's Ojistoh

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What shapes an individual? How do individuals compare to or differ from one another? Most importantly, what part does society play in creating that individual? These are the questions that can be found as the focus of Sharon Pollock’s Blood Relations and Pauline Johnson’s “Ojistoh”. Pollock and Johnson are both wonderful writers, with their own style and ambiguity. Both women manipulate the past in order to comment on the present, by highlighting a historical character that is caught between these two worlds. These two ladies, put the question of power and how it is attained on a pedestal. They also use their writing skills to dissect history in correlation with the present. Their writing opens up dialogues and educates. Pollock’s Blood Relations and…show more content…
Each work depicts violence as a restricted personal choice, but this violence is characterised as the result of societal oppression of women. Therefore, portrayals of uncontrollable women in Blood Relations and “Ojistoh”, can be taken into account as feminist works. This is due to the fact that they directly defy expectations of proper feminine behaviour. This essay will analyse Pollock’s Blood Relations and Johnson’s “Ojistoh” by exploring the incentives and devices behind characters who are victims of stereotypical gender and racial constructions and how they attempt to proclaim some sort of control through violence thus resisting gender and racial representation. Murder is the central event in Pollack’s and Johnson’s works. To understand the fundamental aspects of both works it is worthwhile to examine what murder

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