Mona Lisa Smile “I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I always knew the woman I wanted to be” quoted Diane Von Furstenberg, which describes the prestigious all-female Wellesley College in the movie “Mona Lisa Smile.” The movie illustrates certain expectation within the gender roles and the changes over time while some things remain the same. The students were focused more on become a great housewife after graduating college, than what they really wanted to do. Katherine Watson a graduate from UCLA was a art teacher hired by Wellesley College to teach art history, unaware of the way the school curriculum is taught and the students frame of mine on how life for a woman should be. On the first day of class Katherine met the lady whose life she will impact; Betty Warren, Joan Brandwyn,Giselle Levy, and Connie Baker were intelligent, very sarcastic, and tried to intimidate her. She learned the only way to challenge the girls’
Kate’s motherly and concerned attributes gave her the ability and strength to support her daughter. She felt sorry and wanted the best for Helen, and Kate would have done anything to protect her. In the story, Kate wanted to call a doctor to help Helen, but Captain Keller disagreed. Keller’s line reads, “I’ve stopped believing in wonders… Katie. How many times can you let them break your heart?” In reply, Kate says, “Any number of times” (Gibson 497).
Her parents were not moved by her plans to become a nurse and even ban her to pursue nursing. Nursing was frowned upon in the 1800’s, notably, of a woman with her social background. Florence chose nursing over marriage when she was 17. She knew that nursing would come first before marriage at this time in her life. Regardless of the discontentment from her parents, Florence set out to chase her dreams of becoming a nurse and registered as a nursing student at the Lutheran Hospital of Pastor Fliedner in Kaiserswerth, Germany.
She has no choice but to accept this, otherwise she will "diminish the gift" of life. All she can offer her daughter is what she has learnt from her own life experiences. It is understandable that the mother does not want her child to stop depending on her. But as a daughter, myself, I can relate to
Linde: When you’ve sold yourself once for other people’s sake, you don’t do it again.” These quotes exemplify that Mrs. Linde wants to be a mother, and she was forced to leave last time. This is Mrs. Linde’s sacrifice in A doll’s house. The third female character in a Doll’s house that sacrifice themselves is Anne Marie, the nurse maid. She left her own children and came to Helmer’s home, and look after theirs. The decision must be hard because, in that time period, leaving one’s own family and children would be hard to imagine, so the decision to abandon her child, must have been really difficult decision, and a big sacrifice.
Since Dee became angered and defensive, this cause her need for attention to increase. She went off to college to impress her mother who only had a first-grade education. Dee wore beautiful clothes to impress her sister and to embrace her African heritage. She wants her sister to look up to her, and that is why she gave advice to her at the end of the story, so that she could be a role model for Maggie. Dee show that she wants her mother to proud of her because she is trying to fight the oppression her mother was just used to.
Celie’s lack of a strong mother figure is a significant part of why she doesn’t develop independence in her early life, so strong mother figures such as Sofia, Shug Avery, Mary Agnes, Nettie, and even Albert’s sister Kate are crucial to her personal progress later on. It is these “surrogate mothers” that push Celie to understand how she truly deserves to be treated, and they also teach her how to fully live her life, thus resuming her development of ideas such as “separation, autonomy, and identity formation”(Proudfit 23). One especially important surrogate mother for Celie is her daughter-in-law, Sofia. Sofia comes from a family in which she does have several strong female presences surrounding her at all times, and that helps her to develop independence and a strong character of her own. This allows Sofia to stand as an example of female power for Celie.
The emphasis of education is very prevalent in the novel. “Mama”, Mary Logan, is a representative of Taylor’s mother, Mary Logan was denied the chance of a complete education and it is she who insists on Cassie’s formal education. With an education, Cassie will have an opportunity to explore greater options in life where her only other alternative would be to get married. The female characters in the novel are role models for other black women. They advocate the need for an education – both formal and informal- as well as illustrate how important it is to allow children, namely girls, to become agents in their own right however through correct
She did everything in every single way to become what her husband needed, she was loyal to Troy and stayed with him for eighteen years. Eighteen years of making sacrifices, sacrificing herself into making her surrounding better for her family and her husband. She really would try to be everything what her husband needed, as she put it, “I done tried to be everything a wife should be. Everything a wife could be.” She was expected to take care of her family, she minitrated the finances in the house, she was suppose to help her husband out that was her job not another woman's job, Rose is Troy’s wife. He wasn’t loyal to her for as long as their marriage stood, not only was there infidelity but a child was brought from Troy sleeping with other women.
Hazel says that going to school will be useless because, in the future, she is most likely not going to be able to use that knowledge. Hazel Grace further finds out about the adventures and surprises in life and the people who are in a worse situation than hers. The reason why Hazel starts to have faith in life or how she got to meet Augustus Waters is because of her mother. Her mother helps her plenty through life and the hard times for the past few years. Her mother does support Hazel emotionally, medically and financially.