Throughout The Great Gatsby, Myrtle Wilson desired to fit in with the upper class; however, her marriage to George Wilson prevented such from occurring. Myrtle failed to recognize her husband’s hard work and true character due to her efforts to rise in social status. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald emphasized Myrtle’s hatred towards her marriage through her conversation with Catherine, depicting how people of the twenties focused more on wealth and power compared to moral American values. As readers closely evaluate the moment of Myrtle’s dialogue, she dictated her feelings towards her marriage in a way that supposedly justified her infidelity. Myrtle stated, “I married him because I thought he was a gentleman” (Fitzgerald 34).
Through both passages the use of rhetorical appeals are used differently to persuade each woman to accept the proposal. While the speaker in Jane Austin’s proposal uses logos and lists the logical reasons on why the woman should marry Mr. Collins, the speaker in Charles Dickens’ uses pathos to win over his woman by using emotions and passionate words. The woman hearing the proposal from Austen would probably feel resentment toward the man, the woman hearing Dickens’ would feel a strong attraction towards the man proposing. In Austen’s passage Mr. Collins is giving his marriage proposal almost as if it’s a business agreement than a marriage. He starts off by saying that clergymen need to set an example for the parish by getting married, and
Sinclair tried to make this book promote socialism and discermish the capitalism system. He had hoped that this book will not only convince a few of the wealthy readers, but also convince the common people to push for more socialism. He had also written this book with an attempt to connect so much with women. This book was meant to connect more with women because he felt that they would be a bigger audience. He also made Jurgis's wife have a very difficult with her work conditions, including her boss who had taken advantage of her and and her
Many of Marie De France’s pieces show great romances and hardships, and a battle of power mixed with stereotypical male and female relations of this time. Power has a vital part in how it affects the characters within the text and the audience that reads it. Specifically, Marie De France’s “Chevrefoil (The Honeysuckle)” where power is one of the main social constructions, working along with gender to follow the story of Tristan and the king’s wife being powerless against the king. Gender roles of this time period were important in how power was addressed as men typically had power over women, but also of those younger than themselves. “Chevrefoil” has a lot of power struggles where the wife wishes to be with a younger man whom she loves, however,
As so eloquently said by Andrew Carnegie, “Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.” This quote is asserting the fact that in order for a healthy marriage to be successful, one spouse cannot have dominance over the other. The Wife of Bath was a well travelled woman who had a past of having several different husbands. Therefore, she had a noticeably refined view of marriage. What women long for but rarely have in their marriages is reflected quite exceptionally in her tale. In the beginning of the tale, the Wife of Bath clearly portrays how men behaved towards women in her day and age.
During the American Modernist period the first wave of feminism emerged during this period which many of its characteristics is seen in The House of Mirth. Women actively sought changes that would allow them to experience life as men’s equals rather than as their subordinates. Gender roles were rigidly defined, and women who resisted them were often ignored, and/or criticized. As a result of these and many other limiting factors, women, especially wives, were significantly dependent on men. In Edith Wharton's Arguments with America, Elizabeth Ammons notes that: The culture at large boasted symbols of progress like the world-famous Woman's Building or the Amazonian Gibson Girl, announcements each of the modern woman's freedom from Victorian strictures...With this enthusiasm in the air, Edith Wharton sounded a sour, dissenting note.
In the Victorian era, women were forced to marry, as they needed the security of a man. However, Austen uses logos to question the real inequality in the Victorian era’s ideology, that a woman is incomplete without a man. This allows the reader to analyse the state of society from a different perspective. Austen also starts her sentence with an assertive tone further supported with her firm word choices, through using the words, ‘…truth universally acknowledged’. These words are important in her building ethos allowing her to deliver her controversial message.
Edna’s relationship with Mademoiselle Reisz is different. Reisz asks questions and serves as a mirror, showing Edna her innermost feelings, and she doesn’t have to tell Edna what to. Edna seems more influenced by their discussions than the warnings of Ratignole. Ratignole is trying to make her hide who she is, while Reisz doesn’t because she understands her. Before making the important decision of whether or not to cheat on her husband with Arobin she asks him “do you know Mademoiselle Reisz” ?
Daisy marries Tom Buchanan, a wealthy man, as believes that money makes everything better. Her beliefs about wealth shows her obsession with financial stability. In the near beginning of the novel, Daisy finds out a secret that Tom is hiding from her. Jordan says, “’She might have the decency not to telephone him at dinner time. Don’t you think?’” (Fitzgerald, 20).
In the Victorian era, gender inequality was daily life. Men were most often the dominant power in a relationship whereas women were expected to be pure and innocent. In an era of arranged marriages, women belonged to their husbands and were attached to their households. However, Wilde has questioned these gender roles and created rather independent and powerful female characters in the play. Though Lady Bracknell and Jack have to give their consent as an approval of marriage to their wards, Gwendolen and Cecily, women show dominance over men in each relationship.
Veronica Tochenor’s article "Thinking About Gender and Power in Marriage," discusses the idea of gendered power in marriages and how this can affect the family dynamic. she conveys about men being viewed as the breadwinners and providers for the family through working, which takes power way from the woman and puts her in a submissive position. Throughout the reading Tichenor conveys about the outdated idea of how power often times rests with he partner that makes greater contribution to the relationship. However, she states “if this conceptualization of power within marriage were accurate, we would expect to see a shift in the balance of power between spouses over the last several decades as women have moved into the paid labor force in great