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Masoud Keshavarz

Masoud Keshavarz

Academic rank: Assistant Professor
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6585-2752
Education: PhD.
Faculty: Literature and Languages
Address: Arak University


Exploring Gendered Oppression in Nawal El Saadawi's Woman at Point Zero and Alice Munro's Lives of Girls and Women Based on Simone de Beauvoir's Feminist Theory
gender, oppression, feminism, patriarchal society, Nawal El Saadawi, Alice Munro
Researchers Attab Sahib Hasan Alfanhadaoe(Student)، Hamid Varmazyari(PrimaryAdvisor)، Masoud Keshavarz(Advisor)


Aiming to explore the various aspects of gender-based oppression and its effects on women's lives, with a specific focus on their personal experiences, this thesis studied the issue of gender-based subjugation as depicted in the literary works Woman at Point Zero by Nawal El Saadawi and Lives of Girls and Women by Alice Munro. The study employed a qualitative methodology to examine the characters, plotlines, and socio-cultural environments portrayed in the works. The findings demonstrated the widespread existence of gender-based oppression, which is evident in societal norms, power relations, and systemic obstacles. Furthermore, the research illuminates illuminated the ability of women to adapt and take action in order to navigate and confront these oppressive systems. The importance of this study is in its contribution to the continuing discussion on gender equality and the pressing necessity for societal transformation. This thesis acts as a catalyst for promoting empathy, understanding, and action towards a fairer society by elevating the voices of oppressed individuals and examining the intricacies of gender-based oppression. The study enhanced our understanding of women's experiences within patriarchal societies, reinforced the importance of intersectionality, highlighted the transformative potential of feminist literature. It also emphasized the need for diverse and inclusive representations in literature to foster a more equitable and just society.