In summary, Charlotte Lucas accepts a marriage proposal based on her fear of becoming a penniless spinster. Additionally, Jane Bennet marries Charles Bingley for his honorable title and caring quality. Furthermore, Lydia Bennets’ childish mentality leads her to elope with George Wickham. Finally, Elizabeth Bennet accepts Fitzwilliam Darcy’s proposal based on her sincere feelings for him. All in all, Pride and Prejudice is a novel that accurately represents women and their various attitudes concerning marriage during the 19th
Women as Seen in Trifles There were a lot of outstanding female literary figures that saw emergence during the 19th century. One of the many women writers that became known was Susan Glaspell. Glaspell’s works saw her struggle with arguments such as gender and differences and other related concerns, thus making it as one of the 19th century’s legacy. In the middle of an artistic revival and renaissance, Glaspell together with her beloved husband, George Cook, started to write about the issues they were seeing. But in 1915, she started writing the Provincetown Players and saw the involvement of other female writers like Kate Chopin and Fanny Fern to the making of one-act play, the Trifles.
There exists a very real relationship between the Female Gothic novel of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century and the social context of women at that time. This new class of fiction is essentially treated by women as it addresses women’s experiences offered an opportunity to address “the hidden, unspeakable reality of women’s lives: not just their lives in the private inner world of the psyche, but also their social and economic lives in a real world of patriarchal institutions” (DeLamotte 165). Notwithstanding the success of male Gothicists, Gothic fiction is perceived as a female-dominated genre as Leonard Wolf writes: Despite the triumphs of Lewis and Maturin, the Gothic novel was something of a cottage industry of middle-class
Anne Bradstreet (1612 – 1672) has been a long-lasting leading figure in the American literature who embodied a myriad of identities; she was a Puritan, poet, feminist, woman, wife, and mother. Bradstreet’s poetry was a presence of an erudite voice that animadverted the patriarchal constraints on women in the seventeenth century. In a society where women were deprived of their voices, Bradstreet tried to search for their identities. When the new settlers came to America, they struggled considerably in defining their identities. However, the women’s struggles were twice than of these new settlers; because they wanted to ascertain their identities in a new environment, and in a masculine society.
Bathsheba Everdene is a fictional character conceived by Thomas Hardy for his novel Far from the Madding Crowd, which was published in 1871. Alongside Jane Eyre, Elizabeth Bennet and even Jo March, Bathsheba exemplifies one of the first female characters that are beyond their era and that we can consider as the first feminist characters. However, there are mixed feelings about her character and the way she acts during the novel. Bathsheba is a complicated character that is confused by who she wants to be and what happens around her. Independence vs. commitment Since the beginning of the novel, we can appreciate that Bathsheba is a strong, independent woman who knows what she is doing and seems like she knows what she wants.
Her whole life she had been busy with finding herself, not trying to disturb the others. She was an extraordinary woman who has written incredible short stories and novels. ‘The Death of the Moth’ is a short story that was published right after Woolf’s death. Reading it for the first time does not provide the needed effect. Only by getting deeper and rereading it, the reader can find the meaning and significance of the piece.
Calypso offered Odysseus so much that within a second he could have turned to her and stuck with her. But, Odysseus being the great husband his is doesn’t let her heart and lovely braids change his mind about Penelope, the one he loves. Jumping all the way to when Odysseus arrives at home, he still continues to be a good husband. Odysseus and Penelope begin to catch up with each other: “But the royal couple, once they’d reveal in all / the longed-for joys of love, revealed in each other’s stories, / the radiant woman telling of all she’d borne at home, / watching them there, the infernal crowd of suitors” (23. 342-346).
Madeleine Albright, the first female Secretary of State once said, “It took me quite a long time to develop a voice, and now that I have it, I am not going to be silent.” Women have come a long way in today 's world, overcoming many obstacles and stereotypes pushed against them. Linda Pastan uses her poem, Marks, to paint a picture of life as a stay at home mother, using serious sarcasm to touch on a continuous issue. Marks was written during the second wave of feminism in 1978. This was a time where mothers and wives struggled and wanted more than the common domestic experience, more than simply obeying a man because he is just that; a man. Pastan uses tone, point of view, and metaphors to challenge the traditional role of women in the household
Charlotte Bronte knew as one of the most talented women authors of the Victorian era. She and her sisters, Emily and Anne grow up in Victorian England, they were inspired by the Romantic authors, and all of them write masterpieces in English literature. Charlotte Bronte faced a lot of difficulties, and obstacles in her life even though she manages to write important works in English Literature. For example, Jane Eyre, The Professor, Shirley, and Villette. At first, she writes Jane Eyre under pseudonym Currer Bell.
Rebecca West once said, “I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat”; feminism and other social issues are fundamental to literature, with them commonly being a driving force behind both modern and classic works of fiction. Feminism is everywhere, with women still fighting for gender equality in modern day Britain as demonstrated through Emma Watson’s United Nations speech which was broadcasted in September of 2014 where she differentiates feminism from ‘man-hating’. Feminism has developed considerably over time as general attitudes have been swayed through literature, political movements and women’s portrayal of themselves. In 1847, Charlotte Bronte released her novel ‘Jane Eyre’ which was viewed as very radical for its time as Bronte uses Jane to exhibit her resentment towards society. Jane is presented as a morally strong, determined character who, when she falls in love, embraces the notion instead of the label and profits which are associated with it; she states that she “cares for [her]self” and that “more unsustained [she is], the more [she] will respect [her]self” as she is not tempted away from her self-respect.