The Suicide of Edna Pontellier The novel, titled The Awakening tells the story of a woman struggling to find herself during a time where society placed restrictions on women’s freedom of expression. The novel, written by Kate Chopin, takes place in the nineteenth century. The main character, Edna Pontellier, is a mother and a wife who is not content with the life she lives. Throughout the novel, Edna goes through different stages and deals with many different people that contribute to her awakening. According to the text, Edna struggles to find her purpose in this society which seems to be holding her back.
Edna said that she would give up unessentials for her children, which means that she does not care about them. Kate Chopin uses Adele to describe how a typical dedicated wife should treat her husband and children. Edna is not Creole and she does not treat her husband and her children right. Adele and Edna were different in many ways because of the way they both react to the nineteenth century expectation “ a mother - woman” she idolizes her children and worships her husband. Edna is the opposite of Adele, She does not worry about her children and she is not devoted to her husband.
He is also often seen as equating love with luck and feels that his mother will only feel this love for him if he is capable of putting his money on winners. Before the short story even begins, “the process of disaffection has already occurred, and the close love between husband and a wife which would have generated the mystical energy necessary for the family’s well-being has been transformed into an ugly passion, greed” (Koban 3). Paul begins to feel that he is the only one who will be able to fulfill this need for his mother because she feels she cannot do it for herself. She strongly believes that she will never have the ability of being lucky considering she married a man who lacked this luckiness and gift of choosing a winning horse. Along with the rest of his family, Paul days are so consumed with the idea of making money that they often hear repeated phrases throughout their household.
According to The Norton Anthology of English Literature, "Unmarried virgins and wives were to maintain silence in the public sphere and give unstinting obedience to father and husband, though widows had some scope for making their own decisions and managing their affairs." The only Job women could take up is being a wife and mother.
Elizabeth Cary’s The Tragedy of Mariam makes many valid points about women’s identities in marriage. Mariam’s choices throughout the play reflect her understanding of the fact that in the world she lives there is no space for a chaste, honest, independent woman. The standards that a woman of the time are impossible and Mariam’s attempts to grapple with them are doomed to fail. After experiencing the freedom of self expression afforded to her after she believes her husband has died she is unwilling to re-enter the position of a subordinate. Mariam is aware the death is the only way to maintain the self she has created.
Myrtle Wilson is desperate to improve her life. She is not satisfied with her marriage, or with her low-class mechanic husband, George. This is evident when she says “I married him because I thought he was a gentleman,” she said finally. “I thought he knew something about breeding, but he wasn’t fit to lick
In Hold Up, Beyoncé somehow found a way to continue to love her husband, even with all of the grief he has put her through. Amy Winehouse’s, You Know I’m No Good, she clearly states that she is the toxic one in the relationship and that even though she is an adulterer, she still longs for her partner. And lastly, Shakespeare’s sonnet 152, he expresses that he wants to continue an affair with a married woman, because he is egotistical and greedy. Not everyone walking this earth has pure intentions at heart, when it comes to things like love and these songs and sonnets prove that. Love is not always effervescent and alluring, it can be gloomy and full of malicious
A Woman Lost in a Patriarchal Society Feminism and gender differences contribute a major role in the works of authors from the 18th and 19th century. During that point in history, women were essentially treated as second-class citizens without the ability to do anything less they faced judgment and ostracization from members of society. Women were not allowed to vote, own property nor be accepted into prominent leading positions. Instead, many were required to stay in the home and care for the family which mainly included the well being of their husband. 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.
In this moment Juliet is conflicted she doesn't know whether to follow her parents expectations or to follow her heart. Juliet realizes that Romeo is her only enemy, but he's also her only love. She knows that this would break society's rules by pursuing this love, but she does it anyway because it's her heart's desire. Furthermore, Romeo and Juliet's entire relationship was based on a secret and the lack of communication caused the relationship to end in a tragedy. The lack of communication led to Romeo killing himself, then Juliet killed herself after seeing him dead.
Patient Griselda can be powerful and independent, if she wants to, but she does not use it. It is a pity, that she takes no advantage of her trumps. Griselda should manipulate her husband, because she would have the world at her feet. She does not have to be the obedient and humiliated, poor wife. But a prominent queen, filling her whole duties and taking care of all people who live in the kingdom.