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Article Title: Imperfect and absurd, the modern literary heroine is the woman we need


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This article talks about portrayal of women in fiction in a different light. Erstwhile Classic fiction has endured the image of the helpless but resourceful women in our minds with each succeeding generation, however, in this age of gender equality, the women of 21st century in a mood of non compliance are taking over the world of men. One notable characteristic of the modern heroine is that her flaws are not only centre stage, they are celebrated. The author says that there is also a recognition that female experience is as universal as male experience and the heroines of contemporary fiction reflect the rich diversity of female lives. Todays heroines are morally ambiguous and their behaviour unpredictable. Women who make their own rules are selling well in literary fiction too. The 21st-century heroine may be scarred, imperfect or absurd and while she may change in the course of the narrative, revealing strengths and strategies that surprise us, conformity is optional.


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Words to learn from this Article:

Eponym: The person for whom something is named

Femme Fatales: an attractive and seductive woman, especially one who will ultimately cause distress to a man who becomes involved with her.

Vice: A holding device attached to a workbench; has two jaws to hold workpiece firmly in place

Virtue: The quality of doing what is right and avoiding what is wrong

Conspirator: A member of a conspiracy

Contemporary: Belonging to the present time

Ambiguous: Open to two or more interpretations; or of uncertain nature or significance; or (often) intended to mislead

Antecedent: Someone from whom you are descended (but usually more remote than a grandparent)

Anarchic: Without law or control

Unredeemed: (Christianity) in danger of the eternal punishment of Hell

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