Essay On Role Of Women In A Sorrowful Woman

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In the nineteenth century the roles of women were very different than they are today. Women had few rights and their only purpose was to maintain the household while men worked all day. Men of this generation made family decisions and their wife’s personal decisions. We have seen textual evidence of the life of women in the nineteenth century, thanks to Charlotte Gilman and Susan Glaspell. Only a century later have women received more equality and less responsibility. After “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “Trifles” was written, the roles of men and women changed significantly in society. The three women from the short stories “Trifles”, “The Yellow Wallpaper”, and “A Sorrowful Woman” all have some sort of mental illness. Their illness has taken control of their decision making. The characters mental illness is displayed when Mrs. Hale kills her husband, John’s wife rips off the wallpaper from her…show more content…
Whether it was too much dominance in the short stories “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “Trifles” or the lack of dominance, in the short story “A Sorrowful Woman”. It was too hard on the women which caused them to react so harshly. The method of overly controlling the sick women doesn’t work because treating women like property doesn’t create feelings of self worth or help them recuperate. Similarly, the method of letting the sick woman treat her own sickness based on her feelings will fail, because she will feel like she has too much responsibility, and this stress would eventually overcome her. All of these problems could have been avoided if the relationship supremacy was equal. As a result, each spouse can make decisions for themselves, then work together as a team to make decisions that affect both of their lives. If there was a middle ground for the amount of dominance each spouse should have, then things might have not ended fatally in these three
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