The years after the ratification was arduous for women. Many women preferred the traditional roles because it was all they had known. Not to mention, the Great Depression forced many to transition back into housewives. Also, headstrong men were intimidated by the challenge of dominance; therefore, resulting in prejudice. All of this to say, the struggles these women endeavored made it possible for the women in modern society to be regarded as sagacious and independent.
Serena Joy, the commanders wife is heavily influenced by her husbands authority in Gillead. When first meeting Offred she comments “I want to see you as little as possible“, this instantly makes Serena Joy superior to Offred, purely due to her husbands authority. As the audience we can see that by this scene and commentary, Atwood is telling us that women in society are becoming to dependant on the male and take their space in the societal hierarchy by where their male husband
Women during the middle ages faced a lot of oppression from men and were taught to be submissive. Women during this period desired to have sovereignty over men. Most women were told to be respectful and follow men commands that were thrown at them. Women duties were cooking, caring for the house, and providing for their kids. If women wanted to do anything other than care for the household, they would be looked down upon and titled as an unfit mother or wife.
Women have come a long way throughout history from the right to vote to be able to work in the workplace. They have faced a lot of discrimination but have been able to fight through each situation, but yet there are disparities between men and women in the workplace from the pay gap to positions. But why are these disparities present? Katty Kay and Clarie Shipman, writers of the article The Confidence Gap, believe the answer is confidence. This article argues that the reason why women do not pursue higher positions is due to low confidence through a pathos appeal directed at the audience, an ethos appeal given by the credibility of the authors, and a logos appeal by a variety of statistics and studies.
Because men thought less of women in this time period, the fact that Skeeter has such enthusiasm about starting her writing career causes everyone to make her feel very discouraged. According to Stockett, people believe that because she is a woman, Skeeter isn’t capable of upholding a job that is so prestigious as to be a writer. Because of this, Skeeter has to fight back to everyone to prove that she is smart enough and able to pursue a career in this field. Because most women are known for holding the role of a stay at home mother who dedicates their lives to their families, Skeeter’s motivation to reach for her dreams is very dampened considering everyone doubts her abilities. This is quite significant because even though people are making it very clear that they don’t believe she can achieve her dreams, Skeeter is putting forth all her might to prove them wrong.
This is interesting to see how far back in history women were still trying to get rights and veto laws that were set against them. Men were always trying to keep themselves in power afraid of what women would do if they were treated as equals. This passage is geared toward other men and has a bias against women. This has a bias stand point due to there is no written words from a woman from this era stating how they felt and how they were treated. The passage is written as if women are the bad people and will always want more if given the opportunity.
From the Suffragette movement of the early 20th century to modern day Women’s Marches, it is evident that women have continuously fought against the expectations and limitations placed on them by society. Throughout William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, female characters also grapple with gender standards, and either abide by or reject them. Characters such as Dewey Dell and Cora Tull follow female expectations since Dewey Dell allows men to control her and Cora fulfills the expected role of being a caretaker for her husband and children. Addie Bundren meanwhile does not obey societal expectations, which is apparent since she has her own desires and rejects the homemaker role given to women during this time.
The reason behind its length is due to the struggles women were facing at this current time in history. Wollstonecraft had to elaborate on many of her ideas as she had to thoroughly justify herself and thoughts to society because she was a woman. This is unlike the men of the French National Assembly whose statements were more easily accepted. As evident in the “Declaration of the Rights of Man and Citizens,” the lack of reference to women proved that women were not seen as equal to men. They also were not allowed to participate in government, other authoritative roles, and did not have the same “natural” rights as men.
Margaret Atwood wrote about a fear that lives with many, not having any freedom. Offred is one of the thousands of people who have had their freedom taken from them. Her life revolves around keeping others content and doing what she is told, but she begins to get bored and curious. When this occurs, Offred begins to break the rules due to temptation which helps her realize everyone is doing so. The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood, demonstrates that a lack of freedom leads to a breaking of rules.
Women have less to say about what they need or want but they have to pay much and also to face the results when the men around them botch. It is dreary to see these frail willed men delineated in the novel who failed to stay up for women, who recognize an overall population where women are set backs of their