This reveals her submissive yet apathetic attitude in how she views her daughter. For this reason, she want her to be a “fool” because she appears to subscribe to the pre-existing belief that women serve little function in society. Furthermore, this reinforces the idea that despite she remains opposed gender inequality, she focuses On the contrary, Gertrude, the mother of Hamlet displays compassion towards her son. Despite appearing submissive in Claudius' wishes, she silently opposes him and agrees
This play and topic that I have chosen has been selected in order to highlight the true meaning of a woman. In feminist perspective we find that neither Hedda is being beaten by her husband nor are her rights being snatched. She is living liberally rather. The so-called feminism and the boundless liberty is merely a source of destruction for many women depriving them of motherly love and injecting them with frustration and depression. Hedda is a victim of all the negative qualities that can be imagined.
Objectification and Patriarchal Control in “Christina of Markyate” written by Anonymous Authors Like any other female during the beginning of the twelfth century, Christina of Markyate, formally known as Theodora, was considered to be inferior to the male sex. Women were expected to respect the wishes of their parents, oblige to marriage and live a life according to stereotypical heterosexual norms. However, given the strict expectations Christina was supposed to submit to, she dismissed traditional gender roles and continued to strive towards the goal of preserving her virginity and living the life of a nun. In the story “Christina of Markyate,” anonymous authors use examples of objectification and patriarchal control to portray Christina’s lack of freedom in a time period consumed with male dominance. Christina of Markyate didn’t just face challenges within her family, but complete objectification.
Brigid breaks the stereotype that women are to stay in the shadows of men. Brigid is blunt, cunning, and self centered. She truly shows this at the beginning of the novel when Spade calls her out on her bluff by stating, “ ‘you aren’t… exactly the sort of person you pretend to be’ ’’ (Hammett 91). For someone to lie it shows their true character and for a woman to lie to a man during the time that women are being oppressed is a big statement showing that they want to be equals with men. Brigid does not hold anything back and she acts as she thinks she does not care what others think about her she just wants to he heard and will do anything to make that happen.
This is demonstrating that even though Skeeter is a woman, her gender does not lessen her drive and motivation to succeed in life. Not only are men discouraging Skeeter, but so many women are brainwashed to believe the gender roles of society that they are tearing Skeeters ambitions down as well. At one point, Celia Foote states, "Oh, we're gonna have some kids. […] I mean, kids is the only thing worth living for." (Stockett 33) This proves that society is pressuring all women, including Skeeter, to leave any dreams they have of becoming anything more than what a man and society wants them to become.
John Updike’s “A&P” demonstrates through several methods the struggle that unwritten principle can place on women in their search for individuality and personal freedom from oppression. Sammy’s thoughts demonstrate this very concept, as well as Queenie’s actions as an independent woman, and the unfair and morally unjust establishment of a woman’s place by the oppressive male characters. With these ideas, Queenie is clearly represented as an innocent feminist who is ultimately shunned by her male oppressors. Sammy, the typical male totalitarian, is very much condescending towards the story’s female characters, automatically assuming ignorance on the part of them. His lack of understanding towards women exhibits itself on the very first page,
You done been spoilt rotten,” (Hurston 27). Logan stated that Janie was “spoilt rotten” he made her a lower class than what Janie really is. This is an idea of sexism because women are seen more as fragile, gentle, and not hard working. By Logan comparing Janie to his last wife, Logan is stating that she isn’t the image or the female that Logan expects Janie to be, a hard working female. This subject ties to sexism because Janie was not able to express herself but lived through the image of a hard working female.
In “North and South,” author Elizabeth Gaskell subverts the idea that prejudice may only come from those of high stature, exemplifying the overarching reach of prejudice through the servant Dixon. Dixon’s prejudice initially presents itself through her distaste for Mr. Hale and her view that his class is socially inferior to that of her mistress, Mrs. Hale. Although she considers Mr. Hale to be “the blight which had fallen upon her young lady's prospects in life,” she finds herself “too loyal to desert [Mrs. Hale] in her affliction and downfall (alias her married life)” (Gaskell 22). The relationship she has with Mr. and Mrs. Hale illustrates Dixon’s inherent bias towards others depending on their social status. The extent of Dixon’s predisposition is interesting because she herself is a servant.
The jealousy that marks Hedda’s feelings towards Mrs Elvsted is used to simulate the self-loathing in women that stems from the inability to fit into the traditional female role in society. Where Mrs Elvsted is docile and nurturing, Hedda is manipulative and destructive. This creates a jarring effect as the audience can directly compare the two female characters, especially when the audience notices how effortlessly Mrs Elvsted is able to influence and inspire other characters, like Lovborg and later Tesman, constructively while “everything that [Hedda] touches becomes mean and ludicrous” (p 99). It is ironic that while both female characters were feeling unfulfilled, ultimately, it was Mrs Elvsted - a character who fit into the female role completely - who passionately rejects society’s conventions whilst Hedda kept trying to act within such conventions, even though she had made it clear that she was miserable. This further emphasises Mrs Elvsted’s perfection as she becomes socially liberated, though she only does so to remain emotionally close to Lovborg and continue to play a supporting role to him.
Her sense of superiority, and thereby her hierarchy that supplies her superiority, is captured within her belief that “she [could Manley Pointer’s] remorse in hand and [change] it into a deeper understanding of life” (284). Her predilection to viewing people like Manley Pointer as inferior translates into a self-isolation prior to Manley Pointer’s intrusion into her life. As described by Mrs. Hopewell, her mother, Joy-Hulga rarely tries to connect with others, or rather, to branch out from herself; Joy-Hulga seemed to grow “less like other people and more like herself--bloated, rude, and squint-eyed” (276). Distinctly, Joy-Hulga’s hierarchy is one that has no room for anyone else at the top, and it places herself at the highest tier, making her untouchable and infallible in her mind. Because of her hierarchy that lends to an isolationary sense of superiority, Joy-Hulga is actually rather unfamiliar with social interaction, and because she assumes her superior position, she is further blinded to any guile
This is the reason Lennie and Curleys wife are ideal for one another, they both draw out the outrage and love in one another as they are both in the same circumstance, for instance Lennie is mentally handy caped thus meaning if you were like Lennie back then you would be shunned and would only make society worse. Curleys wife was a woman which implied she had no power and no rights as men did implying that the main suitable spot for her to be was in the house. To add the unfathomable amounts of time Curleys wife spent in the house was not beneficial as it promoted dejection and the feeling