Therefore, she is punished as a scapegoat of the novel and while Gatsby rises in the eyes of the readers in the end of the novel, Daisy falls. From the feminist point of view, female characters in Fitzgerald fiction are punished because they are stepping outside of their and entering the male sphere. To show their role in the man’s world, they are dehumanised and presented like symbols, which in the end might be interpreted as that they are important as much as men give them importance. The ultimate dehumanization of female characters in Gatsby is seen in their embodiment of the American Dream. Female characters are dehumanized because they are used as of men’s desire, men’s world and men’s Dream.
Another way familial corruption is caused by the absence of fathers is portrayed by Shakespeare and Williams is through the characterization of the family members left behind. In The Glass Menagerie, Amanda Wingfield lives in the shadow of her past and is obsessed with the idea of gentlemen callers for her daughter. This concern for her daughter is rooted more in Amanda’s own interest, however, and has a detrimental effect on their relationship. “Once we analyse how Amanda manipulates maternity, a factor more fundamental than nostalgia will begin to emerge. This principle is self-consciousness.” (Levy).
Shaw crafts these nasty words to display how many men felt during the time period of a woman who chose to go out and make a life for herself. This underlying tone that money is only okay if it is respectable arises within Frank’s communication to Vivie, with Frank going so far to say that “if [Vivie] ever put your arm around her waist in my presence again, I’ll shoot myself there” (Shaw 1812). This ridiculous and hyperbolic claim calls further attention to Frank’s disrespect for Mrs. Warren in that his fragile masculinity has been so attacked by her disapproval of marriage that he feels the need to influence Vivie. This conversation points out the irony in Frank’s thought process, where
Ibsen was merciless in his quest to uncover negative sides of society: hypocrisy, manipulative behavior and use of public opinion to suppress individuals. The play is not only a picture of an innocent nineteenth century woman struggling to achieve self-definition but also a devastating portrayal of a marriage between two people who lack awareness of themselves and who have differing views of right and wrong. Torvald unquestioningly accepts society’s dicta of the husband as a jobholder and moral authority, but Nora’s attempt to conform as the submissive wife forces her into lies and deception. Both care about what people think and neither consciously considers opposing society’s morals. Consequently, the play may be considered an attack upon traditional family values which changed the way the western world viewed
Women lacked the freedom and independence they not only wanted but needed due to a society run patriarchal views that hindered the growth of women. Not only were they expected to reside in the home but women were also tied down through marriage with the expectation of blindly following their husband without challenging their authority. Kate Chopin’s short story, “Story of an Hour”, uncovers the chilling truth of how women were perceived to have longed and enjoyed marriage during the 18th and 19th century when in actuality many felt confined, trapped and imprisoned due to what society and men wanted them to do. The story reveals that the impending pressures of having to become a good wife and mother along with patriarchal societal oppression oftentimes pressures a woman into experiencing a psychological breakdown that can result in fatal consequences. Chopin begins the story with the protagonist, Mrs. Mallard, being told
As a writer during the Great Depression, John Steinbeck impacted an audience who found consolation in his famous literature, during a time of desolation and despair. Through the means of his writing, women have a perpetual role of trying to deviate from their societal roles, but are inhibited and rejected by society. The female characters in Steinbeck’s writing all are depicted as inferior in relation to their male counterparts. This observation brings about a new query open for deliberation. Was one of the most preeminent writers in history prejudiced against women?
‘Sigh No More Ladies’ by Shakespeare, and ‘Les Grands Seigneurs’ by Dorothy Molloy are both poems reflecting the misogynist and stereotypical views that men place upon women. ‘Les Grands Seigneurs’ focuses on the inescapable transition that women face after marriage- from having authority in the relationship to becoming powerless, whilst the speaker in ‘Sigh No More Ladies’ embodies the belief that men in relationships cannot be tamed and will never settle down. Dorothy Molloy opens the fourth stanza with a volta to convey both the narrator 's loss in power and the speakers husband 's gain in power, as well as the negative aspects of both in the poem ‘Les Grands Seigneurs’. This is illustrated in “But after I was wedded, bedded”. A dramatic shift in tone is created with the word “But”, as it is a word that indicates a juxtaposition in the following lines.
Cunegonde essentially divulges that men were imposing their thoughts on her without care for her feelings. This reveals Voltaire’s intention to disclose the inequalities of social standards on females and their feelings of oppression. (grammar???) No matter what horrors are happening to and around a woman, she is unable to prevent or assuage the situation. The moment the Thunder-ten-tronckh family gets murdered by the Bulgars, the lovely Cunegonde gets ravished
The play “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell is largely based on stereotypes. The most prevalent one explores the difference between gender roles. Glaspell exerts the repression of women in the 1900s. During that time, women were highly looked down upon by men, and were only seen as the housekeepers and child bearers. This example is displayed throughout the play with the men, however, the women in this play prove that the stereotypes of gender roles held against them are completely wrong, which is shown through the characters, set design, and symbolism.
As we move through the passage, we see Adriana shift her emotions of depression away from her husband and towards her naïve sister. Adriana becomes so enraged with her sister’s comments, that she refers to Luciana’s mentality as “servant like” (2.1.26). Since servants were treated as the lowest members of society, it is clear that Adriana feels as though Luciana is making a fool out of herself. Shakespeare portrays Luciana in a manner that would suggest that she is an expert on marriage, which is contradictory in itself as Luciana is not yet married. Her tone, while initially understanding and compassionate, quickly turns into one of arrogance and righteousness.
Furthermore, women of that era did not have voice of their own. They were made to believe that their role in the society was to serve their husbands. In the stories, The Storm and The Story of an Hour, Chopin portrays how this restrictive perspective of women affected them and their views about life and marriage. The settings of the two stories are drastically
Not only does Plath believe that her father is out to get her, but also she believes that he is out to get her mother. This worsens the relationship between Plath and her father. K.G. Srivastava states “In the passage, the poet is describing her father in the ugliest possible manner” (126), this shows us that Plath’s relationship with her father was not the best. Plath wants to get away from the psychological grip her father had on her without letting go of the parts of him she still loves.