THE WOMAN RESISTANCE IN PRAMOEDYA ANANTA TOER’S MIDAH, SIMANIS BERGIGI EMAS: A LIBERAL FEMINISM STUDY

Elvira Dela Framalita

 

ABSTRACT

 

This article identifies and describes the structural elements and liberal feminism discourse in Pramoedya Ananta Toer’s Midah, Simanis Bergigi Emas. This study applies a liberal feminism as the theoretical framework with the qualitative-descriptive method of analysis to know critically the discourses of woman freedom, including the freedom to choose a couple, the freedom to realizing dream, and the freefom to choose a residence. At the early stage, I analyze the narrative elements such as characters and social conflicts as the basis for exposing the construction of liberal feminism discourse negotiated through the elements. The result of this study shows that Midah, the main character in this novel, struggles against the gender injustice and inequality in patriarchal society. Such struggle is a resistance that engenders the discourse of woman freedom in which she has a right to get her authority as a human being who is equal with a man.

 

Keywords: woman resistance, liberal feminism, gender inequality.

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