Independence vs. commitment Since the beginning of the novel, we can appreciate that Bathsheba is a strong, independent woman who knows what she is doing and seems like she knows what she wants. As we can recall, when Oak asked her to marry him Bathsheba said that she did not want to be any men’s property, at least not in that moment. From that moment on we can see her display a magnificent role; when she inherited her uncle’s farm many of her workers were not happy with this because Bathsheba was a woman, but she showed them that it was not important because she could be as efficient as any other man and that she did not need a man by her side to do the hard work. These facts show us that Bathsheba is independent. On the other hand, as soon as she meets officer Troy, Bathsheba falls for him and marries without hesitation, she did just what she said that silly girls usually do and she would never do; for a while, Bathsheba is faithful to officer
The women of Sparta were known for their boldness because they could bear children, were capable of being strong, and were loyal to the work they did, that is also why Spartan women got respect from their husbands and other males living in Sparta, they were not treated/counted as slaves like the Athenian women. The women of Sparta would treat Helots (slaves) badly, because that was their personality in ancient Sparta. Nowadays, most women would not have done what they did, mainly because the Athenian culture influenced more than the Spartan culture
As her novels gave more liberty to women than was common during that era, Haywood sparked controversy and faced severe criticism from the patriarchal society. She intentionally created a mysterious sort of persona as she kept her personal life away from the public. Nevertheless, from behind the guise of her numerous heroines, she managed to offer thousands of women the advice they needed to survive the prevailing issues of the eighteenth century.
Was one of the most preeminent writers in history prejudiced against women? It is formidably supported that John Steinbeck had strong prejudiced opinions about women as evidenced by his writings. Considering the vast number of available works, only a small selection of Steinbeck’s most popular literature is needed to investigate the slighted nature of his female characters: the women of The Grapes of Wrath, Eliza from “The Chrysanthemums,” and Curly’s wife in Of Mice and Men. Steinbeck repeatedly generates a society that does not provide a place for women with ambition or intelligence, despite any effort to try and insert themselves into society. Additionally, he focuses on the inferiority of women, who cannot openly exert their power.
Kate Chopin was an engaged lady who lived in a period where ladies were seen as property without a voice. She utilized her books, for example, The Awakening to demonstrate her strengthening and give a lady a voice, so they could feel free from the social standards of that time. Not at all like male journalists, her perspectives on political issues were not acknowledged by everybody. Kate Chopin was something other than an essayist, she was an enabled lady who needed to give ladies a voice as American writing. Kate Chopin was a women's activist author who composed fundamentally about battles ladies experienced in the contemporary society.
Kate Chopin’s The Awakening is a piece of fiction written in the nineteenth century. The protagonist Edna is a controversial character, Edna rebels against many nineteenth - century traditions, but her close friend Adele was a perfect example in terms of a role of a woman, mother and wife at that time. Chopin uses contrast characters to highlight the difference between Adele and Edna. Although they are both married women in the nineteenth century, they also exhibit many different views about what a mother role should be. Edna Pontellier is not Creole, she was born in Kentucky.
O-lan: Virtuous Woman, Wife, and Mother O-Lan, “the good earth” as Wang Lung called her as she lies dying, is a major character from The Good Earth. But to say she is a major character does not do her justice, O-Lan is not just a major character, she is the major character. The quote “behind every great man there is an even greater woman” almost puts O-Lan’s personality into perspective. O-Lan, although a flat and static character, still greatly impacts the main storyline despite her not being very loquacious. What makes O-Lan the major character in The Good Earth is her control over various situations still without violating her vocal reservation.
Being a woman made Amelia’s accomplishments shine brighter because “the future for women then was limited- not much more to aspire to beyond motherhood and being a homemaker” (Masters). According to Biography.com, ”she strove to be an example of courage, intelligence and self-reliance. She hoped her influence would help topple negative stereotypes about women and open doors for them in every field”. Amelia’s love for flying and challenging the world’s ideas of what women could do inspired other women to do the same. Unlike Amelia Earhart, many female pilots had their sights set on flying in the Army although “there were no women ferry pilots in 1937: that classification didn’t surface until World War II, when women were enlisted to fly new aircraft from factories to army airfields” (Masters).
During their journey, Aravis becomes a very trustworthy and righteous companion to Shasta. She thinks fast and is often the one who comes up with a plan in crisis situations. She never complains about the discomfort or fatigue of traveling. Many modern female readers can easily identify with Aravis character: she comes from the ruling nobility of Calormen, however she prefers leaving the comfort of her life to not marry an old, rich and powerful man to live her own life. She is a free-spirit.
One last aspect she focuses on is the idea of social and individual power. She investigates these traits particularly in her last novel Daniel Deronda. In this narration, women seem to hold a lot of power. Gwendolen is beautiful and smart, but also particularly aware of the fact that the only way to have a role in society is through marriage. However, this does not stop her from trying to be independent and resist to an already written fate.