Like in the other novel “Tess of the d’Urbervilles”, the reputation of a woman is easily tainted and cannot be hidden; women cannot start their life over as if nothing has happened. Henchard is worried about Lucetta more than he is worried about himself. In addition, Lucetta seems as a romantic person that gets excited about the prospects of love without thinking about the relationship itself. When Lucetta waits to meet Henchard and ran into Farfrae, she quickly agrees to start a love relationship with Farfrae despite that she did not really know him. Perhaps this is a depiction of how women were portrayed in the pre industrialist era in Victorian England; they were spontaneous and romantic, taking decisions without thinking it through.
The author thought that marriage was to be made of a combination of love, affection and compatibility of character, just as the engagement between Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy. Thus, she punished women who took wrong decisions when it came to marriage, as Lydia, who escaped from her family just to get married to George Wickham in a sudden and not very clever act – she clearly was decided just for passion and not for rational thinking. Jane Austen also punished women who got married for convenience, as Charlotte, who got engaged to Mr. Collins just to ensure her future and a stable economic status. At the very beginning, Charlotte Lucas was delighted for her engagement and forthcoming matrimony, but within a short period of time, she does not feel that happiness for her marriage, just as Austen declares in the novel: “his marriage was now fast approaching, and she (Mrs Lucas) was at length so far resigned as to think it inevitable, and even repeatedly to say in an ill-natured tone she ‘wished they might be happy ’” (Austen, 1813:
She refuses to give up Edgar for Heathcliff because he can offer her much than she believes his opponent ever could and she refuses to give up Heathcliff because she still loves him. She is too selfish to choose one man, instead keeping them both to fulfill all of her needs while hurting both of her lovers in the process. Catherine 's capacity to love herself continuously overpowered her ability to truly love those around her. Heathcliff is another extremely selfish character in the novel. His selfishness however, isn 't fueled by self-love but rather his ability to passionately hate those who cross him and his strong desire for revenge.
The Victorian era placed a woman’s value in how much money and beauty she possessed. In Charlotte Bronte’s coming of age novel, Jane Eyre, outward beauty deceives as it ironically represents a true evil in oneself. The beautiful Reed family, who resides in Gateshead, has cruel hearts as they boast about their luxuries as they deny them to their “outsider” blood. Even though Mrs. Reed promised her deceased husband that she would care for Jane as if she was one of her own children, Mrs. Reed encourages everyone in the house to never hesitate to tell Jane that she is a failure in everything she does.
In summary, Charlotte Lucas accepts a marriage proposal based on her fear of becoming a penniless spinster. Additionally, Jane Bennet marries Charles Bingley for his honorable title and caring quality. Furthermore, Lydia Bennets’ childish mentality leads her to elope with George Wickham. Finally, Elizabeth Bennet accepts Fitzwilliam Darcy’s proposal based on her sincere feelings for him. All in all, Pride and Prejudice is a novel that accurately represents women and their various attitudes concerning marriage during the 19th
Desdemona’s love for Othello is so blinding and abundant that she forgets to ask the most important person who loves her for a blessing. This neglect of her loyalty to her father bring shame upon her father which makes him appear that he has no control over his household, implying weakness in his leadership. Desdemona and Othello’s courtship seriously offends Desdemona’s father which puts the both of their lives at risk.
The “New Woman” idea became more popular as women expressed the desire for a more independent life. The idea that a woman could never amount to be socially or economically greater than men, an ideal that backlashed against the New Woman, is shown again when Daisy explains to Nick that she was saddened when she discovered she had given birth to a girl because all she could amount to was a “pretty fool”. Tom and Myrtle choose to have an affair together not because they are scared to leave their partners, but because they come from two different social classes and cannot marry each other or they will be looked down to by society. The affairs, excessive drinking, and the ideas surrounding women, all show the values of
It requires significant strength of personality for Elizabeth to overcome that barrier and psychologically quality for the marriage. Darcy’s aunt Lady Catherine provides her that occasion as she opposes Elizabeth and Darcy’s marriage. Lady Catherine’s imperialism, founded on the virtue of her wealth and status, is gratefully enjoyed or quietly accepted but never was challenged. In order to prevent Elizabeth from marrying Darcy, Lady Catherine threatens her for her own selfish needs. However, Elizabeth doesn’t obey for the sake of her aristocracy.
The American Family Myrtle and George Wilson were once two passionate lovers, caring for nothing else in the world but each other. However, Myrtle’s selfish aura led her to fall in love with not a man, but a thing: money. She became unhappy with her husband and decided to move on to someone more enticing, someone wealthy like Tom Buchanan. In the novel The Great Gatsby written by Fitzgerald, the Wilsons are discontent with their lives by portraying the theme of how when money is involved, they will become dissatisfied with one another and turn to lives of greed and selfishness.
First, she needed a platform to share her ideas and arguments. Breaking the silence of the oppressed would silence the oppressors. Wollstonecraft had many ideas that validly argued for equality and rights for women. However, there was no way for her to spread her ideas to a large audience as they were controversial and radical. But, Joseph Johnson, a radical publisher who owned the magazine “The Analytical Review,” gave Wollstonecraft a chance and punished her first book, Thoughts on the Education of Daughters.