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 roles and expectations of women were based on the perception that women were inferior to men. Frist, there were numerous tasks and roles for women in the 17th century. Women were to obey and serve their husbands which included tending to their children, maintaining the household, and other chores around the house. Governor John Winthrop stated, “A ‘true wife’ would find contentment only in subjection to her husband’s authority.” (George Brown Tindall, 110) The modal woman at this time was one who would silently do as she was told by her husband. However, there were other roles for women.
Is the fact that she sheltered her kids; to the extent where it had a negative effect. Her devotion and drive to keep her kids from becoming like their father may have been coming from a sincere place; however it only caused harm to their relationship. This can be shown when Jenny Lynn finds one of her offspring reading a book and decides to take matters into her own hands: (Pg.40) " my sisters one by one discovered my father's bedroom...my mother's reaction was always abrupt, bordering on the angry...and once I saw her slap my youngest sister so hard." Despite the fact that she disliked books and sees it as a waste of time. If she were to change her point of view or look at it from another angle, she might have seen books as a door to opportunities and other possibilities.
She describes the emotions that she felt by comparing herself to Boo Radley from To Kill a Mockingbird (Stockett 414). This comparison is likely to be made because people are afraid of what is unknown, so they create false stories or spread comments of hate thus adding to the ignorance which is being passed down as if it were a family tradition. Eugenia had also been avoiding these people as though she was frightened by their way of rejecting people and being unaccepting to change. Eugenia uses this hatred as motivation and perseveres through meeting with the help and working on her book. The only way the lives of others will change for the better is if Eugenia seeks self-improvement and others follow in her footsteps of
Hair spray? You don’t see your sister using that junk” (308). The constant comparison and remarks are what drives Connie to be different from June, pushing and enabling her rebellion. Connie’s mother’s constant negative approach, and clear favoritism of June pushed Connie to seek out not only love and acceptance from others but made her wish death to her and her mother. “…Connies’ mother kept picking at her until
[the poppet]” (Miller 75). Soon after, Mary agrees to Proctors demands that she come clean about all of the false accusations made by her and the rest of the girls. However, she cracks again when interrogated about the pretense and the girls show up again and claim to see a spirit. Mary fears that she will be condemned by the girls and reverts her statement about Elizabeth and in the midst of it all, John Proctor reveals his affair with Abigail Williams. Mary went back and forth between the pretense and the truth, breaking free for in a moment into the right, but the heat of the lies burned her and caused her to repeal the truth she once
With their questions and concerns on what a woman should and should not do, both characters represent the role confusion shared by many 1920s women. Bernice prides herself in her family’s old fashioned values, that a woman must be polite and gentle in order to be feminine. However, since she never was allowed to fully express herself, her social skills turned awry and she fails to win the attention of men. Therefore, she seeks her cousin,
The most noteworthy conflicts were balancing motherhood and her role as a political figure. For example, during her tenure as an activist, strangers and colleagues benefited from her affection, time and devotion. Whereas, her children did not and this ultimately negatively impacted her children's lives in their failed social relationships. Another role conflict that she experienced was her role as daughter-in-law and mother. Often, in public opinion Eleanor was branded as a bad mother, which was an unfair observation from outsiders which weren't privy to her authority being emasculated on a daily basis by her mother-in-law.
So the women of Gilead have a choice to either follow society 's expectations and become a handmaiden or retreat to become an outcast in the society of unwomen. When Offered wants to escape the grueling life of a handmaiden she realizes she can’t be a part of society unless it’s as they wish her to be. Just like in Boy Erased Offered is not free to be her true self because she will be forced to become an outcast. And just like in To Kill a Mockingbird those who do not fit into societies boxes are shamed and avoided by their families and former friends.The Handmaid 's tale conveys that society looks at people as expectations, measurements, and archetypes it causes people to be outcast unless they
The idea of blocking everyone out helped Connie build her self-confidence. To emphasize Connie’s narcissism, Oates stated that “Connie’s mother kept picking at her until Connie wished her mother was dead and she herself was dead and it was all over” (324). Because Connie felt so negatively of her mother and family, she creates an idea of wanting to be on her own. She doesn’t know exactly what it is like to be without anyone to use as a crutch, but Conni feels as if her mother doesn’t want her to be pretty. Connie wanted to shut her family out because she felt as if they didn’t love her as much as her genuine sister June.