Mrs. Pontellier in The Awakening seems tired of being married to her husband and finds Robert more interesting. She wants to be a more independent woman, but her feelings for Robert are evident, much to the displeasure of Mr. Pontellier, causing tension in their marriage. Wuthering Heights and The Awakening focuses more on the inner workings of marriage, in relation to the marriages that were one-sided. In The Awakening Edna, also known as Mrs. Pontellier, is a married woman on vacation with her husband and kids to Grand Isle. She develops an unhealthy attachment to Robert due to Mr. Pontellier
Not all women like to share their resources and their sexual partner. Those women that feel this is a disadvantage become jealous. This is one of the reasons why most of the time the women are involved in picking another woman to co-wife with. The jealously that sometime can develop can cause issues within the household. Not with just the co-wives but the first wife and her husband as well.
Sara is very strong willed when it comes to her own thoughts which is why her nickname is Blut-und-Eisen. Even her own mother says “when she begins to want a thing there is no rest, n let-off till she gets it” (20) . She sees her sister get married to men they don't love and she realizes that she will not live her life that way. As each sister gets married she becomes more opinionated. As she experiences more heartache she becomes louder.
This is identification vs. desire. Irene has the desire to become the person Clare is, but she is not ready to give up certain things to be who she wants to be. Both women are in sexless marriages, this shows the arousing of sexual desires that each woman has in the closeness of their history together, adding to their already established relationship from their childhood. In presenting this idea it shows that men are not the only ones thinking of sex, applied by the absence of their husbands, seen with the travels of Clare’s husband and with Irene’s compliance to her husband’s wishes to sleep in separate rooms. Several parts of the text are presented in this idea of a lesbian relationship between Clare and Irene.
In the late-nineteenth-century, women were thought to be happy with whatever their man could give them, Calixta wants more. Calixta’s levees are about to break, “If this keeps up, Dieu sait if the levees goin’ to stan’ it!,” she exclaimed (155). The metaphorical levees do eventually break because Calixta and Alcée do have sex. Calixta’s levees are holding her back from going after what she really wants. Her levees being her husband and son, society’s expectations of women to keep everybody else happy, and Alcée’s family.
The conflict was between the narrator and herself. She knew the girl was not good for her but she did not care and wanted her anyways. She could deal with all of her annoying qualities because she loved the way she always looked. The other conflict I saw was Charlotte cheated on both the narrator and the boyfriend, Maurice. Although this did not arise too much because Maurice still married her even after knowing about the affairs and after she rebelled and shaved her head before the wedding.
In order to remain desirable, a woman is expected to keep up with the ridiculous expectations built up about their sexuality. If a woman decides to wait until marriage to have an intimate relationship, she is called a prude. If a woman has sex before marriage, she is called a whore or a slut, especially if she has slept with multiple men. Both stereotypes of women are opposites, and yet are used together in the same society. The reason for this is that women are judged by their usefulness
By Ariel Levy’s definition, “female chauvinism” and “raunch culture” describe women who believe men are inferior and women objectifying other women and themselves, respectively. While females, to a certain extent, have always and will always be objectified by the media, it has not become more pervasive in recent years. If anything, the sexualization and objectification of women has been mediated due to advancements in gender equality. There has been a gradual switch in cultural expectations of women from codependent lady who needs a strong man to take care of her to competent woman who can take care of herself. This role transformation, while seemingly so, is not a kick in the ribs to men.
Lady Gaga alludes to this control men (and the media) have over women in her song “Do What U Want”. In the pre-chorus of her song, she repeats the words “Do what you want/ What you want with my body” as if she was telling men and the media that they can have control over her body but not her mind; a statement that would’ve been very influential and relevant back in the 50s and 60s. Many women felt the same way after being given the opportunity to work and make a living for themselves only to have their jobs taken away and to be subjected to the power of their returning husbands and back in charge of household maintenance. The men can force them back into the kitchen but they can’t change their craving for self-reliance and
She is interested in asking Hezekiah about him but knows she should still be mourning. Janie is so wrapped in the idea of her needing a relationship because of Nanny engraving it in her head, that the first guy she found attractive, she is interested. Janie seemed to have a trend of picking random boys and never truly focused on whether she is compatible with them or not. Although Janie is ready to move on from Joe, the emotional abuse is still with her. She is scared to open up to a new man or trust anyone new.