From this, it can be assumed that the tree shows Janie’s youth. It can be inferred that the pear tree also symbolizes Janie’s want for love because of how she compares herself to it. Later on in the novel, Janie realizes that she can’t have her youth if she wants a future with Joe. “Janie pulled back a long time because he did not represent sun-up and pollen and blooming trees, but he spoke for far horizon” (Hurston 29) Here, the horizon symbolizes Janie’s future and the pear tree represents her youth.
“He could be a bee to a blossom-a pear tree blossom in the spring.” When the thought of Janie’s lover comes into her head, she always thinks of the pear tree no matter where she is. In this situation she is speaking of her third husband, Tea Cake. Janie believed Tea Cake was perfect; he surely wasn’t ruining her pear tree.
Brick's wife, Maggie, attempts to twist morality so that she appears more likable. Maggie is suffering because Brick will not make love to her, and during a discussion with Brick she "steps out of her dress" and "stands in a slip of ivory satin and lace" (18). Maggie's undergarment is ironic, it is white, the color of purity and virginity, yet she describes how she misses making love with Brick. The white garment is worn under Maggie's normal clothes because her real intentions are innocent and pure and not exposed to the rest of the world, she only wants love from her husband. Although her intentions are clean and righteous, her only goal is to have the undergarment removed, exploiting the idea of purity.
Edna fully understands that society would brand her as a terrible woman, but she does not view herself as a bad person. There is an external and internal difference that Edna hopes to one day reconcile. Chopin, instead of creating tension within Edna, created tension within the society and Edna with her newfound independence does not mind how society classifies her. Decisively, it can be concluded that the tension between outward conformity and inward questioning builds the meaning of the novel by examining Edna’s role as a wife, mother, and as nontraditional woman in the traditional Victorian period.
“’What are you doing in those overalls? You should be in a dress and camisole, young lady!’”(135). In addition, females are not considered as equal and are thought to be too frail to do jobs that men do. In the novel, Jem asks "’…why don’t people like us and Miss Maudie ever sit on the juries?’... ‘For one thing, Miss Maudie can’t serve on a jury because she’s a woman –‘ ‘You mean women in Alabama can’t—?’
Additionally, these stories reveal the great diversity among women. Generally, women are grouped together, as stated by Lorde: “As women we have either been taught to ignore our differences or view them as causes for separation and suspicion rather than forces of change (Lorde, 1979).” Despite the efforts to categorize women’s issues into one mass of problems, White women perceive the world differently than African American women, Hispanic women, Native American women, etc., and vice versa. This conglomeration of “women’s issues” does not address every aspect of being a woman in patriarchal and unjust societies throughout the world.
Although some people will evaluate others based on their appearance, we should not follow their footstep since it is a superficial behavior. Furthermore, outer beauty does not equal to inner beauty that we should not use our first sight to judge others as the outcome may be the opposite. The author’s depiction of Cinderella’s pleasant personality: “The poor girl [Cinderella] bore it all patiently, and dared not tell her father, who would have scolded her; for his wife governed him entirely” (1). Perrault talks how Cinderella forbear her hardness without telling anyone. We can notice that how she does not want anyone to implicate into this event and avert anything is getting complicated.
First Generations: Women of Colonial America, written by Carol Berkin, is a novel that took ten years to make. Carol Berkin received her B.A. from Barnard College and her M.A. and Ph.D. from Columbia University. She has worked as a consultant on PBS and History Channel documentaries. Berkin has written several books on the topic of women in America. Some of her publications include: Revolutionary Mothers: Women in the Struggle for America's Independence (2004) and Civil War Wives: The Life and Times of Angelina Grimke Weld, Varina Howell Davis, and Julia Dent Grant (2009).
The Battle of the Genders: Societal Limitations of Females What are some of the expectations that society has for men and women? Some may respond to this by discussing jobs. Others may talk about the responsibility of duties and the role of personality. There may even be a group of people that says that society no longer sets expectations for males and females.
Many women during the Antebellum period accepted their submissive roles forced onto them by society but some, like Emily Dickinson, rejected the norm. According to Barbara Welter’s writing, “The Cult of True Womanhood”, many young housewives during the 1820’s “did not think a woman should ‘feel and act for herself’” (Welter 236). Emily Dickinson, an American poet, wrote about this public opinion in her poem “My Life had stood-a Loaded Gun”. In the poem, the loaded gun represents a woman who was waiting “till a Day