Renaissance society made drastic changes to the paradigms of society shifting from the Middle age views to a more humanistic evolution. During the Renaissance society shaped the roles and responsibilities for men and woman. The responsibilities of men and woman in everyday life fell into the responsibilities of the wife towards her husband. The role of wife and husband followed strict duties and requirements of the wife for her family and husband. The subordinate role and main responsibilities of woman in the Renaissance was to obey the social barriers bestowed by the government and church to have absolute obedience, love and moderation, towards her authority privileged husband.
Nineteenth century America was a newly born nation, emerging as a powerhouse in the world. Coming onto the scene as a sophisticated country, America was held back internally by its exorbitantly patriarchal society. A society in which women were “ trapped by limiting social expectations and narrowly defined roles….(Parini n.pag.). ” Men were practical beings and thus frowned upon the imaginations of women. As a result, women suffering from mental illness were grossly neglected by the men in their lives.
Women have found themselves at the bottom of society’s hierarchal pyramid for eons. Even though females make contributions that prove vital to the world’s function, they are still regarded as the weaker link. The female plight of constantly facing debasement is a pawn used to ensure compliance. It is a common notion that if one is demeaned enough, he or she will conform to the suggested persona. Society tests this notion through its treatment of women.
Although Trifles and “The Yellow wallpaper” were both written by women, they were also apart of the time period. Gilman wrote stories as in this such for women to gain confidence and encouragement for a positive change in themselves (Tanski). Writing these books during a time they were in could help women become strong and, furthermore, be more independent. " The Yellow Wallpaper" is Gilman's semi-autobiographical story of taking Dr. S. Weir Mitchell's "rest cure" to alleviate her depression after the birth of her daughter (Nadkarni). She also suffered from depression.
Its fair to say through the years literature has shown common themes and ideologies that connect deeply with values and concepts learned from history. The influence of these themes and ideologies have been turned into theories that we use to analyze and connect to stories and novels that we read. When these theories are applied, multiple stories can be used and compared. There is common themes that will show up in a story that will be related to the theory and used to compare and contrast stories to the theories. Feminist theory is one of the theories that is largely looked at when analyzing the books “Of mice and men” and “The Great Gatsby.”
In the introduction “Come Closer to Feminism” Hooks describes the conversations she tends to have with people who are interested in what she does. The misconception that feminism is hatred towards men by women is one that is constant according to her. As she explains most men and even women have the idea that feminist hate men, that they are all lesbians and they take jobs away from white men to make their lives harder, but when asked what they have read or know of feminism most will answer saying that they have never read a book. Their ideas of theories have arrived from that of what others say or mention. Before reading Bell Hooks “Feminism is for Everybody” I did not understand what feminism truly meant, I had the definition that I had seen online of feminist women being what they called "feminazi".
For decade women have been discriminated by society, all around the world. In many countries women are still treated as the inferior sex. “daily life for women in the early 1800s in Europe(Britain), was that of many obligations and few choices. Some even compare the conditions of women in time as a form of slavery.” (Smith, Kelley. "
Suffocating Female Power Women have historically always been treated as second class citizens in the male dominated world of William Shakespeare’s Othello. Women have begun fighting for a fair egalitarian society, but it has been met with resistance from men. This is portrayed when the women in the play started to realize the power they possessed, but continued to get mistreated. The women were forced to give the men their undivided attention and support, and when the men would not take responsibility for their actions or were threatened by the actions of the females they would demonize the women. This play showed a continuing struggle for equality between the two sexes.
All the way through time and history, women have been treated as a subject of persecution and oppression in many societies. The manner in which men have controlled, used and abused women has been reinforced into a movement of human rights. Such treatment is fought against in the civilized societies with equality and freedom in the center of it. Clearly, it has been obvious in Shakespeare 's plays how women have been viewed and treated by the characters. He has demonstrated for us how women are in the center of domination and control (Dorn, 1999).
VICTORIAN LITERATURE ESSAY TWO Victorian writers’ treatment of “woman issues” Under the patriarchal social structure, woman had been seen as inferior to men for a long period of time. The awareness of women independence and gender inequality were finally arisen in the Victorian era. Industrialization has bought significant changes to the traditional women’s role. Lower-class women were no longer only bound to domestic sphere but stepped in the public become wage laborers. At the same time, women education became more and more important within the society.
It would hard for the women in the current 21st century to step into the shoes of their predecessors, a time before the women’s movement when women had few rights, their opinions were of miniscule value. In Susan Glaspell’s short story “A Jury of Her Peers” she illustrates to readers a time when men were more controlling of women, viewed themselves as superior, and the abuse and mental decline of Minnie Wright that led her to murder. Kathleen Wilson explains, “Much of the tension in “A Jury of Her Peers” results from what the women understand and what the men are blind to”. Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale were able to determine Minnie’s state of mind from the kitchens’ condition, as the kitchen was wife’s domain. The men mock the messy kitchen and