As well as to show how far apart the women seemed to be towards the end. When the story begins Enda lived as best she could in alignment with Adele’s lifestyle. She took care of her children and household, even while having thoughts that, their absence was a sort of relief, though she did not admit this, even to herself. It seemed to free her of a
She only married you because I was poor and she was tired of waiting for me. It was a terrible mistake, but in her heart she never loved anyone except me" (130). Myrtle on the other hand is having affairs with Tom in order to feel the satisfaction of being in the upper class. Myrtle loved her husband Mr. Wilson when they got married, but she got very disappointed by her husband’s lack of money and the social status that she is suffering in for eleven years. Now she is regretting the day she married with him, her sister Catharine says “She really ought to get away from him.
In Ethan Frome, it is present between Ethan and his wife Zeena; Zeena attempts to get rid of the housekeeper Mattie because she sees what Ethan wants/ sees in her. There is large amounts of mistrust in the Frome household due to much isolation, sickness, and also unequal work load also “when the sense of a partnership is lacking-when your partner is oblivious to or inconsiderate of your needs, this weakens the ties that hold you together” (text 2, lines 26-27). In The Scarlett Letter, Hester Prynne has deep seated mistrust due to the ‘brand’ on the chest, the ‘A’. Hester is full of mistrust because the one she committed adultery with, was also the one that helped with her sentence. Another factor is that her old husband was healing Dimmsdale, her ‘illegitimate’ lover.
The scarlet letter ‘A’ did not stand for “adultery” anymore. It stood for “able.” “The letter was the symbol of her calling. Such helpfulness was found in her, —so much power to do, and power to sympathize, —that many people refused to interpret the scarlet A by its original signification. They said that it meant Able; so strong was Hester Prynne, with a woman's strength.” (Ch. 13, pg 107) She had gained respect for having raised her child as a well behaved young girl, and having provided for the both of them with an honest living as a seamstress, all the while being cut off from the rest of society.
She is not very intelligent, and she lacks curiosity. She is beautiful, wholesome, loving, and practical. Hepzibah finds Phoebe to be hard working and good at taking care of the cent shop. She changes everyone making them happier and she helps everyone. Secondly, Phoebe mostly impacts her family as she doesn’t change she’s like a blessing.
In addition to the nurse having boundaries with Juliet, Juliet seeks affection and attention since she does not always receive it from her parents. Girls tend to experience more negative emotions due to family issues (). Manipulative parents destroy relationships with teenagers by not giving their children more independence nor respect. Juliet’s parents continually force Juliet to marry Paris, even when she clearly has no attraction towards him. (Kalish).
Lastly, being till the end with tea Cake, empower Janie as a women and she is finally comfortable being alone. Before tea Cake even come Janie has a sense of being a prideful and strong woman. However, upon Tea Cake’s arrival she reaches a different level of spirituality. He helps her grow by making her comfortable to express herself. He also shows a great deal of value to her which raises her self-esteem.
However, at some point she becomes dissatisfied with what society has placed on her. She looks outside her family for the fulfillment of her personal needs. Perhaps her marriage became empty and passions faded with the increasing duties of motherhood. Maybe Edna was not a nurturer and motherhood left her feeling lonely and unfulfilled. Her husband compares her to the women he sees, particularly Madame Adele, who dotes on her children and worships her husband.
Curley’s wife ‘can’t talk to nobody but curley. Else he gets mad.’ Being lonely all the time, she wants to have someone to talk to instead of just taking care of the house. Moreover, this characters foreshadows the ending of the story. In the beginning, George and Lennie left Weed as Lennie scared a woman by touching her dress. The way Curley’s wife treats George and Lennie leads to the ending of the story.
The biggest struggle that women in that time period faced was their lack of equality compared to men. Compared to men they were deemed inferior. For example, in 'The Yellow Wallpaper, ' when the women insisted that her staying confined in that place was not working, her husband dismissed her and called her a "blessed little goose." Her husband did not see her as fit for her to decide what was or was not working for herself. This is one of the many instances where men in that time period deemed themselves superior and took away the freedom of their wives.
(Marchetta, 95) The Italians judge her as she is already a disgrace for going against their values and beliefs. She feels restricted from the pressures and that her life doesn’t belong to her. She is pressured to make a good impression that will reflect on her family, in return she never is able to be happy will her life for she never wants to make another mistake again. Therefore Christina is affected by obligations and expectations of her family and culture, which in return influence her life and decisions and make her feel alone and isolated without a voice. Secondly, John Barton faces stress, depression and commits suicide from the pressures of having to uphold his reputation, achieving his parents’ expectations, and being perfect to society.