Janes nearest of kin were her grandmother and her aunt, both of them lived a humble life and hardly had a sufficient income. Her aunt Miss Bates was a very popular and always welcomed person, although she was “neither young, handsome, rich nor married” (cf. Emma p.22). She cares for her mother, Jane’s grandmother, the widow of a former vicar of Highbury and together they live in a small and simple home. Mr. Campbell provided her with a good education with the intention of her becoming a governess in the future, for the money she inherited from her father was not enough to secure her financial independence.
Hauntingly this has been an opinion of an excessive number of people. What is in today’s Westernized Europe unimaginable was (and is, more commonly than we would like to accept) a norm. The listed characters share similarities: they do not provide for themselves and are bound to their caretakers, or more often known as, husbands. Tania’s mother belongs to the first wave of immigrants who came to England looking for prosperity. Her main occupation is to stay in the background (clothed in traditional garment, which emphasizes their legacy), and not to get to involved with anything more than entertaining the guests.
In a sense, she acts like her father should, but he is somehow too weak to do so. For instance, Margaret is the one organizing the moving from Helstone to Milton in the very beginning of the novel after her father asked her to: “Do what you think best.” (p. 56). This could appear as quite a heavy burden for a young woman like Margaret, and many other women of her age would not have been able to do it. This is even more evident later on in the story. Right after her mother has passed away, Margaret does not have time to mourn, for she must already arrange the funeral and take care of her brother and father: “The father and brother depended upon her; while they were giving way to grief, she must be working, planning, considering.” (p. 302).
An example of this conflict occurs when Mabel’s brothers barrage her with questions about where she intends to go and what they believe to be best for her. The ideas for what Mabel could do are very limited to not much more than becoming a nurse or a maid (Lawrence 453-455). This is an example of man vs. society conflict because the options for what a woman could do are very restricted during this time. For Mabel, none of the suggestions made by her brothers really interests her, and she doesn’t give much attention to them. These suggestions, however, are her only options in her society, and she realizes this.
As she only had a “brute” of a father and a “weak” mother, it would have been hard for Veronica to look up to any role models. Despite her father’s abusive nature and the responsibility of raising her siblings on her shoulders, Veronica still managed to stay faithful to her family and even jeopardized her chances of making something of herself for them. As she has never seen anything aside from her family, all she would aspire to is having a family of her own as that is all she has ever known. This partly explains why, later, she refuses to leave the village with Okeke. This also contributes to her life being labelled as a “terrible waste” because she probably did not have any outlandish aspirations as a small child and, consequently, could not form “regular” aspirations as a young adult.
As shown in the film, the home-based of women in the general public was diverse from our time. Certain women’s lives were very different during that era but it is impossible to have women as one body. During that time, there were the extraordinary group of people or the elite class, the middle class, and the lower class. For the high and middle class, women carefully were raised, well-educated and treated like a special case of the family. However, the lower class women were treated like working tools with almost no respect and gratitude.
Social, intellectual, and economic restrictions of the late nineteenth century left women without sovereignty. Women typically suffered under the rule of fathers and brothers before marriage and in subservience to their husbands after marriage. Women had few property rights, no voting rights, and no educational rights. Women essentially remained children throughout their lives. Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” and Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” center around two such women.
However, they still consider themselves above others in the social ladder. Therefore, Catherine Earnshaw -the daughter in the family- cannot marry the man she loves since he is an adopted orphan. He would not be able to provide for her and she wants to live a life in luxury and comfort. She instead chooses to marry a man in her own class. Sense & Sensibility was written by Jane Austen in the early 19th century.
Torvald tells her that Nora has a duty as a mother and a wife but Nora tells him that “she is an individual”, showing that she is finally putting herself on par with Torvald, and no longer allowing Torvald to control her, but instead she is trying to gain independence and liberation from social norms in order to break free from the “Doll’s House.” She tells him that she must leave him, because “for eight years [she’d] been living with a stranger”, emphasising how there was never any proper communication and mutual understanding between them, and hence no proper marriage, as she didn’t actually know what his true character was like up until that night, as she was convinced all along that Torvald would be the man to take everything upon
These issues are not described explicitly, but the main character’s thoughts and observations gives the reader in inkling. “Earlier, Dad had asked Mom to come. Mom said no. She always said no.”(p.2, ll.11-12).The fact that the parents also split the kids up between them instead of spending time together suggests to the reader that things are not so perfect in the home. The parents’ marital issues is also indicated by the oldest daughter Marla, who mentions Mr. and Mrs. Pichowsky, a married couple that “got a divorce last year and moved.”(p.4, l.89).