Dorothy Parker: What Fresh Hell Is This? Themes

Marion Meade
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Feminism

Feminism is the doctrine advocating social, political, and all other rights of women equal to those of men. Feminism is also an organized movement for the attainment of such rights for women. Dorothy is an advocate of feminism before feminism really is a culturally prominent concept, and long before the movement of women's liberation. Much of Dorothy's writing is thinly masked autobiography and her female characters tend towards the socially disobedient and rebellious.

One of Dorothy's earliest personal influences is Becky Sharp from Thackeray's Vanity Fair, who is critically described as an anti-hero figure yet is a role model and mentor to Dorothy. Sharp is a character that is so rebellious that even her author disapproves of her and to Dorothy, she is divine. It never really occurs to Dorothy that she is a woman living in a man's world and thus should be limited in any way...

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