Mary, and other women of this time, felt a lot of pressure because of their cultural surroundings and traditions. Women are told to stay I 'm the house and to take care of the house and the children. For Mary her children are grown up and they have maids and servants. She 's left home alone with nothing to do and nobody to talk to. “It makes is so much harder, living in this atmosphere of constant suspicion, knowing everyone is spying on me, and none of you believe in me, or trust me […] If there was only some place I could go to get away for a day, or even an afternoon, some woman friend I could talk to…”(1.1.207-209).
John eventually finds the diary and destroys it, and John confines the narrator to a room with a yellow wallpaper that the narrator despises. The yellow wallpaper could be symbolic to the narrator because it resembles bars that confine her from social interaction and free thinking. Eventually this drives the narrator mad beyond repair and the story ends there. A major theme of this story is how culture at the time restricted women’s free thinking and acting capabilities to a point where they are just meant for a few purposes. Women were commonly suppressed during this time almost as if they were obedient children.
This article examines the conflict between life and death for ladies, who were not free and could not express thoughts, or achieve their goals in The Story of an Hour, written by Kate Chopin. The text shows that after the news of her husband’s death Ms. Mallard runs and locks herself alone in her room. The heroine looks through the window in the room and starts to feel something that she had never felt before. In this moment she begins to feel freedom and even she whispers “free, free, free!” under the influence of great joy. The article also observes how women were not allowed to say whatever they were thinking in public because they had their husband, who had to talk instead of them.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper is a story about a woman’s struggle to be heard in a society working against her. The narrator has been diagnosed with “nervous depression” (648), and her physician husband decides to take her to a mansion to help her recover; her recovery also involves not participating in any activity that might stimulate her mind, like writing. The narrator describes the house as having “hedges and walls and gates that lock” (648), and the room she has to stay in has bars on the windows, almost like a prison. The narrator also points out the hideous wallpaper, and makes many references to it throughout the story. This wallpaper symbolizes much more than horrid design; it is a symbol of the narrator’s, and other
They knew her father had driven away any man from becoming close to her, and they just thought to themselves, “ poor Emily” (32). The townspeople never consider her to be a crazy woman, not even when she claimed her father wasn't dead, and kept the body in her house. They all make up excuses for Emily because they felt sympathy for her, and they kept on just saying poor Emily. The narrator in The Cathedral did not want anything to do with Robert because he was a blind man. He thought they would not have anything to bond over anything, and all he knew about him was what his wife told him.
In the novel, The Handmaid’s Tales, by Margaret Atwood, the city of Gilead acts as a totalitarian society where handmaids are created to bear children for couples who have difficulty conceiving children. This novel acts as a satirical hyperbole towards “traditional values” towards women in past America. The main character, Offred, is restricted of her sexual and societal rights as a woman, much like the rest of the housemaids who are only used for their menstrual cycle. The biggest issue regarding this novel was the lack of freedom expressed for women. Although this novel is fiction and takes place in the future, this is no new issue for women.
This horrible relationship between stepmother and stepdaughter is because Cinder is viewed as no different than a beggar who has found a place to stay and never leaves. My analogy is shown in Adri’s reaction to Cinder raising her voice at her because she was tired of her maltreatment, “ ...I do not appreciate being spoken such a manner by the orphan that I accepted into my home.”(133). The italics used for the term orphan emphasize disdain and disgust which make an orphan synonymous to a beggar. Furthermore, Cinder is not worthy to live in that house because she has no blood ties with the family members that live with her, this unworthiness that Cinder possesses triggers a negative reaction from Adri whenever she accomplishes something positive that is in Adri’s favor. My argument is that this hateful tension between Adri and Cinder reveal that Adri is more “android-esque” than Cinder because of her inhumane personality and poor role as a mother, As humans, we tend to value key instinctual human characteristics such as compassion, kindness and empathy, however, we tend to always recall when we helped someone and hold this over their heads as if they will never be able to succeed on their own (add comma) which does not correlate with the values we so
Pearl knew she was an outcast and was treated as so by the other children and as an “imp of evil, emblem and product of sin, she had no right among christened infants” (53). Pearl watched the other children, but never tried to make friends. Because they could sense that something was off about her, children would occasionally gather around Pearl. In response, she would throw stones and scream at them, much to the discomfort of her mother, due to the fact that her exclamations sounded like a witch’s anathemas. To help with her loneliness, Pearl creates puppets out of random things such as stick, rags, or flowers.
Mr. Hale’s statement, “women are used to worrying about trifles”, downgrades the daily task of the importance of women’s housekeeping (844). The statement shows the lack of knowledge that men have towards women and believe that women agonize over insignificant things. County Attorney said “Dirty towels! Not much of a housekeeper, would you say, ladies”, is a degrading comment towards Minnie’s lack of housekeeping (844). The image of Minnie’s messy house can be used to show her emotional position.
One theme that has played throughout the novel is freedom ("The Awakening"). Edna wants to find freedom because she feels trapped in her life. Edna Pontellier wants to know what it is like to live outside of being a wife and a mother. Edna tasted a little bit of freedom from her children whenever they went to Iberville. To gain freedom from her husband, she refuses to have sexual relations with him, and she abruptly stopped her Tuesday obligations of meeting people at the house which made him furious.
Restricted in movement and stripped of her opinion by her husband, the narrator forms an obsession with the obscure background pattern that “skulks behind that silly and conspicuous front design” (80) on the wallpaper. As the dim shapes become more distinct, she ultimately deciphers the true figure to be a woman. This is a metaphor for the realization of her mental and physical entrapment as she proceeds into a state of insanity. The intensive need for helping the woman escape reflects the need for her own liberation. As the woman quickly flees upon her release, the narrator refuses to follow as she is so unaccustomed to the “green instead of yellow” (89).
It becomes hard to recognize her as the story progresses, sleepwalking through the castle and constantly rubbing her hands as she attempts to remove the innocent blood shed on her hands driven by her guilt-ridden mind. Lady Macbeth is unable to surpass the evil she has set on herself and in the end; the guilt she prayed against became her worst enemies. She was beyond repair and it lead to her suicide. Furthermore, in the yellow wallpaper the protagonist becomes mentally ill for being locked in a room deprived of life. The majority of the story takes place in a room which only induces pain deep within herself evoking negative mental thoughts.
This states another good example of cruelty to women because back then women were not allowed to work they were expected to stay home and clean all day and raise there kids. Lastly, In the story her husband never lets her talk about house she feels, so she keeps it all bottled up in her head which eventually drives her crazy. As “The Yellow Wallpaper” States “It 's hard to talk to john about my case, because he loves me so. But I tried to last night” (777 Gilman). This show another great example of women cruelty because back then women were not allowed to state there own opinion and also
When she was alone she said she would always cry I 've nothing and started to imagine things is the wallpaper. According to Michael Mechanic, who wrote an article on social isolation for Mother Jones, people socially isolated can "expericiencr extreme restlessness, childish emotional responses, and vivid hallucinations." The narrator obviously experience many of those things like imagining a woman in the wallpaper, never sleeping at night, and crying over nothing. More human contact could have helped her
This distinguishes of how the readers can misunderstand Curley’s wife characterization by reason of the lack of historical context. Adding on, the historical content elucidates about the real struggle women had to endure, by having to do so many chores in the house without ever receiving a break. From the “Women in the New Deal Era”(PDF) the author states, “Women not only had to worry about supporting their families by providing food, shelter, and clothing, but they also were depended on to deliver emotional support to their loved ones in those trying times, in any way they possibly could.” Not only were women supposed to physically take care of the family they had to mentally take care of them too. A woman shouldn’t be bound in chains where she is forced to work till she dies. During those times women weren’t allowed to have the freedom to do something besides just working, but that doesn’t mean they never yearned the desire for freedom.