The life women in the American colonies was treacherous, yet rewarding. There was so much death and sickness around at the beginning of the new world it is a wonder anyone survived. Had it not been for the nurturing and healing offered by women, this country may have never gotten itself off the ground. Women took care of the home, and the family and this remained the main focal point of the American colonial women. Although women’s lives changed exponentially over the century and a half, especially during the market revolution and the second great awakening, the true belief of what a woman was remained unchanged.
The author Dorothy W. Hartman provide research of study done on the role of women in both urban middle class and of immigrant women. Hartman illustrate that both type women were tied to household duties and taking care of children. Hartman acknowledge that in the mid 1800’s, that “Cult of Domesticity” arose in society believed and stated that women’s role is simply to mothers and a wives. Women had little contact with others and little relief from everyday tasks other than household responsibilities. Under the subtitle labeled Keeping the Home, the author refers to an article written by Catherine Beecher that states “ a really good housekeeper is almost unhappy… she nearly ruins her own health and life” (The Household, January 1884).
Because of some statistics about women 's work, Hekker views her work as unique work which needs special care. However, the author mentions that people view her as an outsider, shamed, and out-of-date person because of her occupation. Hekker adds that other newer statistics put her hope down as the number of housewife mother is decreasing. Thus, the author clarifies that she must be treated as an important and unique creature because she is going to be one of the few housewives. Hekker concludes by mentioning that being a housewife is a heroic job if and only if the works that a housewife does is for children, husband, and house of someone else.
These were women who in the 1920s had status, good jobs, and were self-reliant. The sudden loss of their jobs and independence would have caused a great deal of anger and frustration. For independent and career-minded women, the rise of the Nazi party had both a dramatic and negative effect on their life. Not only were they no longer expected to work, but after having been fully independent beforehand, they were now expected to stay at home and rely on their husbands and the government for support. (Haste,
In any case, they were regularly not all that ideal for the ladies who lived in them. Actually, the blasts of the 1950s had an especially limiting impact on numerous American ladies. Exhortation books and magazine encouraged ladies to leave the workforce and hold onto their parts as wives and moms. The thought that a lady 's most imperative employment was to endure and back youngsters was not really another one, yet it started to create a lot of disappointment among ladies who longed for an additionally satisfying life. This disappointment, thus, added to the resurrection of the women 's activist development in the
John Steinbeck shows us that women often struggle to successfully express oneself, and fail, on the part of others to fulfill one 's emotional needs. The narrator shares, “The chrysanthemum stems seemed too small and easy for her energy” (Steinbeck 439). Even though her job maintaining the chrysanthemums might seem boring and unsatisfying she still finds passion in growing them. The chrysanthemums in this quote symbolize Elisa’s life; Elisa can relate to the chrysanthemums because she is stuck at home just like the chrysanthemums are stuck in the ground. In addition, In the rising action, Elisa says to the tinker, “It must be very nice.
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.
While, we can assume work produced by the husband is very important for his family. Simone continues to state, “…her [the married women] occupation makes her dependent upon her husband and children: she is justified through them; but in their lives she is only inessential intermediary” (384). In the final analysis, it is apparent that the treatment of a married women in the mid-1900s was poor. They were not credited for their hard work and contributions in and out of home. "The Married Woman" is a chapter in Simone de Beauvoir’s book, The Second Sex, which demonstrates her negative thoughts about marriage and the overall treatment of a married woman.
Adele Ratignolle’s attitude toward motherhood is that she is a perfect mother-women. Edna Pontellier’s attitude toward motherhood is that she is not a perfect mother-women for many ways. Edna Pontellier is not a perfect mother because “Mrs. Pontellier was not a mother-women”(Chopin, 10). This quote means that Edna Pontellier is not a good mother/wife because she is not that of a women who would worship their children ,and their husband.
As the stereotypical closeted housewife of the 50s, April makes for an easy sympathetic figure, but that’s not all that she is. Winslet’s character in the film reflects a truly multidimensional female character. To Winslet’s credit, April’s optimism is as visceral as her desperation, her blind devotion to Frank is as convincing as her eventual vengeful betrayal of her husband and her guilt over not finding complete fulfilment through motherhood is as heartbreaking as her lonely domestic imprisonment. On top of all this, Winslet takes everything DiCaprio can throw at her without ever falling out of the frame. Simply put, she’s extraordinary.