This is the mindset that permeates both Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest and Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler. Both plays, having been written at the end of the 19th century, offer insight into how this societal pressure creates an environment in which women face a particularly large amount of pressure to find wealthy, suitable husbands rather than ones they truly love. This issue of marriage being classified as business is best summed up in The Importance of Being Earnest when Algy, after having learned Jack intends to propose to Gwendolyn, remarks, “I thought you had come up for pleasure…? I call that business” (Wilde
How is the separation of lovers and its consequences presented in the extract? This extract of Flora Macdonald Mayors ' novel, 'The rectors daughter ', develops the theme of hedonism being extingished by the misfortune of unrequited love, through the perspective of a middle aged woman of the 1920 's. Mary Jocelyn, the stories narrator, aims to persue the man of her desires, however his absence of affection is prominant in this extract when we discover his devotion to another woman. This extract is significant to the era, as newly upcoming 'flapper girls ' encouraged a future of female independence and open sexuality, but this segment leaves connotations that not all women took this lifestyle by storm, and still remained unsatisfied as a woman when unaccompanied by a husband, as shown through Mary 's characterisation in the text. Throughout the excerpt, the consequences faced by the separation of lovers is evident to leave a negative effect on the person on the receaving end.
In the novel Gatsby and Daisy love each other deeply, but her marriage with an extremely wealthy man gets in the way. At first Daisy makes the strong decision to follow her heart and love Gatsby, despite her marriage. Eventually, Daisy faces a choice of strength, where she follows her heart even though it may lead to difficulty, or the easy road, where she will go back to her passionless marriage for the money. She decides to take the easy way and goes back to Tom displaying how her strength only lasted her so long until she actually had to make a final
Thirdly, he tries to normalize the operation to make her feel like it’s a common thing, no big deal, he tells her she doesn’t “have to be afraid. [he’s] known lots of people that have it done”(53). After all of these comments he made to convince her of his decision he tries to play it off like he wants her to do whatever she feels is right. The final key to manipulation: make it seem like it was her decision when in reality he manipulated her into making this choice all along. Manipulation is unfortunately a common theme in relationships and this short story does an incredible job by shining light on that issue in human relationships.
Kate Chopin makes use of her other characters as well in revealing the theme through juxtaposition. Madame Ratignolle serves as an obedient wife who confines to society’s standards without protest and acts as a character consistently compared to Edna when another character wishes to criticize her changing. On one occasion, her husband talks down to her when she neglects her role as a wife and housekeeper by choosing to paint instead. He tells her she can paint, but not to neglect her duties, comparing her to Madame Ratignolle because she is “more of a musician than [she is] a painter” and still fulfills her necessary tasks (Chopin 95-96). Edna wishes to diverge from the societal norms, becoming independent of her responsibilities through her
However, these fantasies and dreams that she entertains herself with serve to prove how Orual cares about Bardia. She loves him, causing her to try and keep him for herself. This confession of love permits readers to empathize with Orual, and the intensity at which she mourns brings her pity. After taking into consideration all of Orual’s losses, readers become sympathetic and overlook her
The Awakening by Kate Chopin is a feminist story where the protagonist Edna Pontellier begins to fight social norms in order to break free of social norms and become a strong independant woman. This story’s central self conflict feature unique characteristics which make it both similar and different to other romantic and modernist literature in that era. This essay will compare and contrast characteristics of The Awakening and “ A Pair of Silk Stockings” , “ Love is not all” and “ The Journey”. In The Awakening, The protagonist Edna Pontellier starts out as a typical wealthy housewive of a creole. Although her life is comfortable she finds it difficult to find her true inner self as she has to conform to what society wants of her.
Griet’s concern for her family welfare forces her to marry Pieter. However, it is clear that Griet loves Pieter and she could have chosen him as a lover, not an opportunity. Just as she leaves the eight-point star, she “went the way it told [her], walking steadily” (216) towards her future. The use of the pronoun it describes an imaginary force, like love, pulling her towards her fate, which in fact led her to Pieter. Even though truly she decided to go with Pieter and that she could have done it for many reasons, the reader infers that she is confident in her decision as she “[walks] steadily” (216) towards
Their Eyes Were Watching God, a novel written by Zora Neale, expresses a black womens growth towards independence. Janie Crawford, the protagonist, is in quest of her ideal love but is surrounded by powerful men who take advantage of her youth and beauty. Janie’s first husbands keep her dependent but Tea Cake, through true love, exposes her to independence she seeks and later learns to embrace. Logan and Joe treat Janie as if she is unequal to them and nothing more than an object to be used and observed, therefore secluding her from the independence she deserves. Janie’s first marriage, arranged at the prime of her youth by her nanny, was a forced relationship with a man Janie took no liking too.
However, it is evident that while Frederic truly falls in love, Catherine 's love for him is insincere. Catherine’s attachment to Frederic is based on the idea that their love is a game in which she is using her relationship as a way to cope with the war. Catherine admits to their love being a game on one of their first meetings, hinting at the fact that they are using each other out of necessity. She tells him, “You don 't have to pretend you love me. That 's over for the evening”, Frederic replies, “But I do love you", and Catherine admits, “Please let 's not lie when we don 't have to" (27).
The joyous behavior and the use of the term “free”, shows a woman who felt captive in the role of wife. Although the way she was acting was not considered proper, and was not the behavior expected from the newly, grieving widow. She stated, “I will live for myself,” which leads us to believe that until then she lived for her husband (Chopin 2). The “Story of an Hour” depicts the role of a woman as a servant to their husband. As if, they only lived, breathed, and functioned because of their husbands and their role as a wife.
The writer depicts the sorrow of women in marriage and the feeling of oppression by men in marriage. The feeling of celebration and happiness in Mrs. Mallard, after learning the demise of her husband, demonstrates how women felt about marriage. The happiness of independence gained after becoming widowed outweighs the sadness of being left by their