These standards take every ounce of power from the women and hand it to the men, preventing women from overcoming these standards. For example, Angela Vicario, the youngest daughter in her family, suffers through the judgement of society and the set standards of marriage and virginity. In Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez, the author illustrates how men force women into submissive roles in society in order to emphasize how it causes women to feel powerless and lessens their ability to attain equality with men. One illustration, proved by Bayardo San Román, demonstrates how men have the power to force women into submissive roles, especially through marriage. When he first comes to town with silver saddlebags matching his belt, he amazes everyone through his power and wealth.
She uses the foil to explore how Irene and Clare experience womanhood differently and connects it to the expectations of women in the 1920s. She mainly uses motherhood and marriage to exhibit these differences in their lives based on off race. She uses motherhood to show how Clare hates being a mother because of her fear of her husband finding out she’s black through her daughter’s skin tone. Irene appreciates being a mother even though she sacrifices her own desires for it; she understands the huge responsibility that comes with being a mother and embraces it. Marriage is used to portray Clare’s fear of her husband, and it shows Irene’s insecurity in her marriage when she suspects Clare and Brian are having an affair, yet her faith in her husband when she blames herself.
The play, “A Doll House,” written by Henrik Ibsen, follows the downfall of a flawed marriage as the main character deals with the backlash of a hidden secret. The story takes place in the nineteenth century, which serves as justification for the portrayal of women and their activity within the story. After taking out a loan in her deceased father’s name, the wife, Nora, tries to manage the situation and keep her husband from finding out as events unfold. In the end, she leaves her husband, Torvald, and her kids in an effort to establish her own identity. Within the play, the protagonist and hero of the story, Nora, reveals the theme of women’s role in society through her change in character and action of leaving her family, and the theme of marriage through her love for her husband.
In the articles “A Mother’s Day Kiss-Off” and “The Myth Of Co-Parenting” they express their issues with husbands. Even though they both express their troubles, Bennetts issue is that she belives husbands under appreciate their wives, while Edelman feels as if her husband is not there enough to appreciate her. Both authors feel as they do not receive enough appreciation and think that they should get more. Bennetts states “We accommodate our husbands’ careers at the expense of our own interests…”(43). What she is saying is that women feel as if they have to give up things they're interested in to make their husbands happy, making them feel not as important.
On one hand, Lady Macduff is mostly upset with her husband for leaving because she feels he does not love her. She goes on to say how all she wants to do is be a good wife and do all that is expected of her as a woman, but it still gets her nothing. To leave his wife, to leave his babes,/ His mansion and his titles in a place/ From whence himself does fly? He loves us not;/ He wants the natural touch… All is the fear and nothing is the love,/ As little is the wisdom, where the flight/ So runs against all reason” (act 4 scene 2 page 1). This is upsetting to see because it shows that she is fixed on doing what society expects because she believes it will get her all she wants.
Kate Chopin provides a feminist perspective of patriarchal oppression in social roles assigned to Edna Pontellier in her text The Awakening. Chopin portrays the patriarchal oppression through the stream of consciousness of Edna. Since Edna was a woman she was enforced to her wife and mother duties by her husband. Her husband would become furious when she would not act like any other women, “Her absolute disregard for her duties as a wife angered him” (Chopin 62). She is expected to do her duties on a daily basis without any excuses.
In Marge Piercy’s poem “Barbie Doll,” the girl-child was perceived on the effect that society has expected in women. There stood a hazardous trend that raged in her society causing self-destruction. This comes to comparing the normal to unreal to satisfy on what society begs the girl child to be. This may occur within both genders. However, in the poem “Barbie Doll” it was more likely to occur within a girl gender.
Cleófilas feels trapped as a wife. The reader first sees a sense of ownership on Cleófilas in the first line, when her father, “Don Serafín gave Juan Pedro Martínez Sánchez permission to take [her] as his bride, across her father’s threshold” (Cisneros 43), Cleófilas is seen as property rather than a being, indicating that she usually does not make decisions for herself. She lacks self-definition throughout the story, especially when she gives in to the demands by her husband, especially when she is lacking passion in the relationship. It is what she “has been waiting for… whispering and sighing and giggling for, has been anticipating since she was old enough” (Cisneros 44). Cleófilas wants this passion in her life, however, she starts to believe that the type of passion she is seeking for is “in its purest crystalline essence” (Cisneros 44), only to be found in the telenovelas she watches.
One thing leads to another and all her actions led to disastrous reactions. The author portrays her as a selfish and manipulative person. Her main priority is not the well beings of her family but of herself. As her son, grandchildren and daughter in law were taken away all she did was plea for her own life. Convincing the misfit that he should let her live because she was a lady and he was a “good boy” is all she could think to do.
Edna even says herself, “I would give up the unessential…my money…my life for my children, but not myself.” For her life, Edna realized that means her marriage and physical life. As far as her marriage, Edna was never truly happy with her marriage with Leonce. Furthermore, Edna states she truly cares for her children, but sometimes her search for herself may conflict with this. This then further discourages readers even more due to the fact that this gives insight to her actions, and somewhat justifies them. In addition, the search for self-identity is viewed as important in today’s society.