Within the first few pages of the novel, the use of the narrator creates a patriarchal sense of social identities (Ramos 147). This socially constructed identity is the first of the many that Edna grapples with in the text. It is the identity of women within the time period of the text. In the words of Dix, Edna’s identity is meant to be that of a typical American wife who will control the home, children and entertain socially yet remain obedient to her working husband (146). ‘Looking at his wife as one looks at a valuable piece of personal property’ (Chopin 4).
In older societies, many women felt trapped in their place in society and marriage, so who was a voice for them? Kate Chopin was one of the many influential voices for women in her time about women. Chopin wrote many stories that were influenced by experiences she has had in her life. Kate Chopin rebelled against the social roles of women and wrote many stories such as “The Storm” and “The Story of an Hour” that she used to express her own feminist views. First of all, Kate Chopin rebelled against the social roles of women.
Simply, “Story of an Hour” is a short story, and “Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers” is a three stanza poem. This difference is quite important because Chopin’s story gives us more insight and information than Rich’s poem because it is longer. Another difference is that Aunt Jennifer could only express herself through her art in tapestry knitting. Her tigers were a reflection of her spirit and dreams of freedom. Mrs. Mallard received her realization of freedom from the images she saw out of the window of her bedroom.
Nicole Schaefer Mr. Becker American Literature October 29, 2014 Two Women for Two Different Worlds In the novel the crucible, Elizabeth, wife of John Proctor, and Abigail Williams, mistress of John Proctor are two main roles. Elizabeth, a woman who is loyal and true, or manipulative and ruthless liar, Abigail. She pretends to see spirits and commands the other girls to pretend as well. Elizabeth is the victim of Abigail’s heartless actions and affair. These two women are almost complete opposites.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Marge Piercy, Walt Whitman, and Flannery O’ Connor shared very similar idea in form of poem and stories mentioned in the book Compact Literature, edition 8. The common theme they all shared was “women”. All their readings were based on “women” in current society or in the past. Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote “The Yellow Wallpaper”. The story was based on women and the lack of right in the society had in the past.
Kate Chopin’s “The Storm” centers around a woman called Calixta; who has a sexual encounter with a former lover in midst of a storm. The storm centers on lost love and being in unwanted marriages. The raging storm outside the house unfolds simultaneously with the emotional and sexual passion between Calixta and Alcée. Throughout the story, Chopin inverts gender roles, specifically in terms of sexuality. Chopin presents that women should experience desire and act on it, just as men have been allowed to do
The Storm by Kate Chopin creates a twisted version of how the stereotypical role of a women in the past has parallels to their current assumed role. The idea that a women in the late 1800s could even have the realization that she was capable of cheating on her husband is unlikely; though it did happen. This story uses several convenient situations that propel Alcee and Calixta together, as shown through the title (The Storm) and the separation between Alcee and Calixta’s respectful partners. Chopin also uses symbolism to spur the aforementioned idea forward. Between the storm that raged through the town and the fact that Alcee’s wife was out of town and Calixta’s were left immobile in a shop created a convenient situation for the two former-lovers
This shows a balance between gender roles, as well as the embracing progressive changes within culture and society. In the story “The Story of an Hour,” by Kate Chopin, a third-person omniscient narrator, relates how Mrs. Louise Mallard, the protagonist, experiences the euphoria of freedom rather than the grief of loneliness after hearing about her husband’s death. Later, when Mrs. Mallard discovers that her husband, Mr. Brently Mallard, still lives, she realizes that all her aspiration for freedom has gone. The shock and disappointment kills Mrs. Mallard. Kate Chopin reveals how language, institutions, and expected behavior restrain the natural desires and aspirations of women in patriarchal societies.
The end of the nineteenth century was marked by a wave of women 's’ rights and feminist movements as women grew tired of their subordination and sought change. They were successful in their efforts. Author Kate Chopin received critical acclaim, and opposition, with her feminist literature in the time. Her famous novel, The Awakening, shocked the world. She portrays women “waking up” from their roles as wives and seeking freedom.
It was the beginning of a new era named “The Modern Age” or the world before and after the Great War. Throughout Woolf’s life, she had many periods of depressions, though also a love life with males and females. Critics like Eileen Barret and Patricia Cramer declare that Woolf has incorporated many of her own experiences in her fictional works. This novel is also autobiographical. Throughout history, women have been locked in a struggle to free themselves from the borderline that separates and differentiate themselves from men.