32). Even though she did not hold her baby, she still has undying love for her child. She shares these emotions with mothers everywhere. Both of these mothers also experience grief, though Bradstreet experiences it because her children have left her and she can no longer care for them, and the subject of Brooks’ poem experiences grief because she never had her baby or provided for him. While having different experiences both share in their motherly
Of husband and wife, brother and sister, friend and friend, or any other relationship that is formed in one's life, the bond between mother and child is the strongest. Throughout The Awakening, by Kate Chopin, Edna's children, by their very existence, serve as chains that keep her from pursuing her own goals and desires, as she is bound to them by her motherly duties. Edna's feelings of bondage by her children force her to remove herself from an innately meaningful relationship, in an attempt to elsewhere find meaning. This backwards mindset leads to Edna's eventual downfall, where, even then, she could not understand what she let go. Her stagnant thinking throughout the book reveals that she never had an "awakening", and she was doomed to a life without
Some children require their mothers to be there at every waking moment but others learn to stand on their own early on in life. In the Story The Locked Room, by Paul Auster, Jane Fanshawe is introduced as a manipulative cold-hearted woman with sinister intentions, but societal pressures reveals this malicious woman to be a vulnerable mother. In the beginning, we meet Jane Fanshawe a widowed woman that is well in her fifties. She lives in solitude due to her daughter emission in a mental institution, and her son’s disappearance. They way she copes with her loneliness is by drinking and having multiple men in her life.
Now gram was yelling at me”(212). This shows that May has a lot of pressure on her shoulders, because not only was her dad mad at her but now her grandma isn’t even on her side. Those are also her only family members, and both May’s grandma and her dad want her to be a completely different person than she is right now. Even though May is upset she always turns the negative into a positive and knows that her grandma and dad are just trying to help her. Another example of how May struggles to make her family proud is how she constantly has to take care of her ill grandma.
During Elena’s fight with anorexia she loses her daughter, and because of this, she loses the fear she once had for the voices in her mind. On Elena’s journey through the recovery of her illness, she loses her baby daughter. Elena refused to eat or consume the nutrients she needed. In this she not only starved herself but also her baby. This causes the miscarriage of Elena’s daughter, that was the only thing Elena had that made her care.
Here, we see that a woman is not following her traditional gender roles as being “submissive”, so in a patriarchal society, she will have to face consequences. Then when Ruth was in labor, she wasn’t able to give birth. “When he would not be born,” Beattie states, “an impatient doctor used forceps and tugged him out, and there was a slight brain damage” (5). This quote gives evidence that women are weak and cannot do much without masculine help. When women choose to be independent and not follow what their traditional gender roles, there is something that has to conflict their lives that they live their lives in humility.
Father’s family doesn’t like Karthika and her mother. They often say that Karthika will become a mental patient like her mother sooner or later. They say it runs in the family as her maternal grandmother too was a psychiatric patient. Challenges Since the mother is sick, she often goes to her own home and returns only after many days. When the mother returns home the father will be so angry with her because she had left the children alone.
The Significance of Motherly Sacrifice Many people take the sacrifices that parents make for them for granted. Specifically, many mothers give up important aspects of their lives for their children. Khaled Hosseini, author of A Thousand Splendid Suns demonstrates the significance of motherly sacrifice in several different ways through Nana, Laila, and Mariam. Although Nana is not the epitome of a loving mother, she did make some sacrifices critical in the makeup of Mariam’s life and character. Nana explains to Mariam how she gave birth to her all alone, and even had to cut the umbilical cord herself with absolutely no one there for support (11).
She wrote the short story called “The Yellow Wallpaper.”This story illustrated the social status of women in the 19th century. The protagonist of the story undergoes from what her husband diagnoses as a “temporary nervous depression”, and she is compelled by both her doctor and her husband to take the good old “rest cure”for all her female illnesses. Although interpreting the story might be ambiguous to the audience, it all makes sense. The main character’s helpless condition emphasizes on how powerless and weak women were during this century. She has no money that belongs to her, being her husband’s wife is the only social identity she has, and she possesses no control over her actions.
The goal for a women was to grow up and find a husband, have children, and live in the house caring for the family and doing housework, anything more was discouraged. Especially, the idea of women receiving a higher education and pursuing a career was frowned down upon in society, therefore many housewives were dissatisfied with their home life. Women faced an immense amount of pressure from society to fit in, which affected them psychologically. Women faced patriarchal oppression during the 1950’s which impacted their family life, opportunities, and mental health. Although women barely had a voice in their lives, some women stood up and spoke out about how the oppression negatively impacted their lives which changed the way society viewed housewives.