Even though it is a considered a satirical look at women, “Epistle 2. To a Lady” uses satire to acknowledge his compassion for the current day issues of women. He contrasts men and women in this poem, “In men, we various ruling passions find; In women, two almost divide the kind;” making fun of the current roles men and women play. He writes of women’s desire to have what men have yet he contradicts his writing, “Experience, this; by man’s oppression cursed, they seek the second not to lose the first……Yet mark the fate of a whole sex of queens! Power all their end, but beauty all the means.” He writes that they want the same rights and opportunities afforded men, but still use their “womanly” virtues to get what they want.
Another prominent broad subject of mockery throughout the play is women. Specifically, Wilde jokes on the supposed “morals” that women claim to have and their tendency to be easily deceived and manipulated. For example, women’s principles during this time states that they were supposed to have religious motivation for their courtships. However, both Gwendolyn and Cecily only wanted to marry their man if his name was Ernest. This comical situation demolishes the morals that women claimed to have in their relationships and expressed that as shallow, clueless, and untrue to their word.
In the Novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, a variety of relationships, as well as the characters in them, meet a grizzly end. This is apparent in the deaths of both Lennie and Curley’s wife. Lennie’s dependency on Gerogoe led to him not being able to function and make rational decisions on his own. While Curley’s wife had no support from her husband and gave none in return leading to a lonely and loveless marriage, causing her to seek companionship wherever she could find it. Their unhealthy relationships led to their demise due to the lack of support they were receiving from their partners emotionally.
Timko noticed how throughout the book, Edna was being suppressed by her husband and that it is rather unfortunate that the idea of male dominance is so widely accepted at that time. Towards the end of the book, Edna says: “I am no longer one of Mr. Pontellier’s possessions,” here, Edna is claiming that she is for herself, not for anyone to take a hold of (Chopin 146). She is realizing that she has the power to give herself what she needs.. She realizes that the male dominance overpowering women takes that sense of self independence away and begins to realize that finding independence will be a continuous uphill
The domestic interior belonged to women, while the active exterior world belonged solely to men.’’ (Victorian Web). Women were in the back seat. It is also marked in the text through the fact that we do not know how Lady of Shalott really looks like, but we have the whole description of Sir Lancelot as a male figure. Through the poem, Lady Shalott’s voice is heard only twice: ‘I am half sick of shadows’ illustrating that she was fed up with her imprisonment wanting to taste a little bit of the public realm and to experience love; and ‘The curse is come upon me’ which means that, stepping out of the domestic area, searching for her knight, she was on a mind ground ready to explode, as she was not morally allowed to search for love, and to chase it because she would have been seen as a light woman and her life would end there, because she was expected to be pure and no man would look at her again. Her death symbolizes the consequence of breaking the society’s principles by taking her life in her own hands and not doing what was expected of her.
William Shakespeare takes an unconventional turn on gender roles in “The Tragedy of Macbeth”. It has been a historical and social trend for society to be predominantly ruled by males. In addition, females are expected to be subservient and responsive to all of her husband’s needs and are viewed as weak and feeble. This trend is seen at the beginning of the play. Ultimately, the play seeks and attempts to define what it means to be considered masculine and feminine in society’s standards.
From the very beginning of the novel Jane has the courage to defy her aunt when she is unfairly punished in the red room. The cultural and social context of the age must be taken into account when analyzing such behavior. At the time, Jane Eyre’s gesture of talking back to people was totally improper, because women especially poor ones were expected to meekly accept their lot in life. But she cannot keep quiet and merely accept her condition as a poor orphan, because at the end of her discourse, she feels her soul begin "to expand, to exult, with the strangest sense of freedom, of triumph, I ever felt... as if an invisible bond had burst and that I had struggled out into unhoped-for liberty". This is the beginning of a spirit that Jane carries forward into her future relationships with men, beginning with the detestable Mr.
Was one of the most preeminent writers in history prejudiced against women? It is formidably supported that John Steinbeck had strong prejudiced opinions about women as evidenced by his writings. Considering the vast number of available works, only a small selection of Steinbeck’s most popular literature is needed to investigate the slighted nature of his female characters: the women of The Grapes of Wrath, Eliza from “The Chrysanthemums,” and Curly’s wife in Of Mice and Men. Steinbeck repeatedly generates a society that does not provide a place for women with ambition or intelligence, despite any effort to try and insert themselves into society. Additionally, he focuses on the inferiority of women, who cannot openly exert their power.
The play “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell is largely based on stereotypes. The most prevalent one explores the difference between gender roles. Glaspell exerts the repression of women in the 1900s. During that time, women were highly looked down upon by men, and were only seen as the housekeepers and child bearers. This example is displayed throughout the play with the men, however, the women in this play prove that the stereotypes of gender roles held against them are completely wrong, which is shown through the characters, set design, and symbolism.
It turns out that Lady Macbeth let the stereotype overrule her conflict and allowed Macbeth to do the deed himself. She still involved herself in the plan, (in a not so innocent way) by distracting the other men with the king by getting them drunk. Lady Macbeth’s character depicts the significance as to how women deal with the conflict of gender role stereotypes in relationships everyday. The bible talks about how the husbands are supposed to "rule" their wives in the same way that kings ruled countries, wives are also supposed to submit to their husbands like the kingdom submits to the ruler. (Ephesians 5:22-33) If Lady Macbeth respected Macbeth’s decisions in not wanting to kill the King, then it would not have led to the guilt’s and consequences they both faced at the end of the story.