Critical Lens Essay #2 In the 19th century women begun to rise up against gender roles and social expectations that have had oppressed women throughout history, women yearned to be just as equal as men. Authors like Charlotte Perkins Gilman, a feminist author during the 19th century, would create characters and stories that would get her message across as shown in one of Gilman’s most famous stories “The Yellow Wallpaper” which touches upon a woman’s mental and physical health as well as the main character’s oppression which holded her back for a long time. The main character from “The Yellow Wallpaper” expresses throughout the story how she wishes to break free from all that is holding her back and live the life she has always wanted. “How wrong it it for a woman to expect the man to create a world she wants, rather than create it herself” (Anaϊs Nin)
He places her in the nursery of the colonial mansion, despite her requests to be placed otherwise, “I don 't like our room a bit. I wanted one downstairs... but John would not hear of it” (Gilman, 2). The narrator’s husband dictates all aspects of her life to the point where she internalizes her husband 's authority, accepting his dominance over her, “I sometimes fancy that in my condition if I had less opposition and more society and stimulus—but John says the very worst thing I can do is think about my condition, and I confess it always makes me feel bad,” (Gilman, 2). Even though the narrator knows what she needs is to be active surrounded by people instead of cooped up alone in a house out in the countryside, she abruptly stops her train of thought as she remembers John’s instructions to not think about her condition. Connie and the narrator in “The Yellow Wallpaper” are both vulnerable and victims of circumstance.
This old ideology of gender roles gravely affected the Mirabal sisters and their participation in their revolution against Trujillo; however, they still managed to challenge these gender limitations throughout the book. Throughout the book, it becomes apparent that the Mirabals' husbands are obstacles that prevent them from participating in the revolution. For example, Dedé's husband prevented her from participating in the revolution. On page 179, Alvarez writes, "'What if I can't?' Dedé's voice shook.
At first glimpse, it’s obvious her mother lacks parenting skills, and cares little for her daughters. Yet, there is a more prominent issue than just simply lacking parenting skills, the few pages she mentions her mother set not only a tone but is one of the main themes that occurred throughout the book. The theme or the saying “the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree”. Furthermore, Sena confronted her mother about picking a man over her children, in which her mother rebuttals and states this may be her last chance at happiness. Throughout the book it is implied that she had many sexual encounters with men, and one more dominate through the book with Armando, a Colombian drug dealer.
“Like intense relationships between women in general, the relationship between mother and daughter has been profoundly threatening to men,” and , by largely eliminating men from these stories, or showing them in a negative light, the women becomes the sole focus (Marsh). The relationships between men and women during perestroika offers little as far as progression of women’s role in society. “Since perestroika, Russian women have been subject to a ‘backlash’, largely from male politicians and journalists, against the alleged ‘over-emancipation’ of women by the Soviet state” (Marsh). The absence of really positive male characters in these works allows for real women struggles to be taken seriously and without much judgement and emphasizes the importance of the mother and daughter relationship as well as the women struggle during
Esperanza life goes through puberty and sexually matures during the book. Most of Esperanza’s female friends are abused by their father or husbands, so she wants to escape a male-dominated society but at the same time she has to deal with her emerging sexuality. Though Esperanza is a young girl with low self-esteem, she is still very optimistic of one day having a house of her own, one she can be proud of. She decides to fight the war against man and be a woman that does not need a man to take care of her. She refuses herself nor or wait for a husband, and this reflected in her leaving the “table like a man, without putting back the chair or picking up the plate” (Cisneros 89).
The Awakening by Kate Chopin is a feminist story where the protagonist Edna Pontellier begins to fight social norms in order to break free of social norms and become a strong independant woman. This story’s central self conflict feature unique characteristics which make it both similar and different to other romantic and modernist literature in that era. This essay will compare and contrast characteristics of The Awakening and “ A Pair of Silk Stockings” , “ Love is not all” and “ The Journey”. In The Awakening, The protagonist Edna Pontellier starts out as a typical wealthy housewive of a creole. Although her life is comfortable she finds it difficult to find her true inner self as she has to conform to what society wants of her.
A passage from the novel “The Awakening” by Kate Chopin, “She would give up the unessential, but she would never sacrifice herself for her children.” (Page 155, Chopin) The novel “The Awakening” by Kate Chopin emphasizes the ideas of feminism, motherhood, and the social expectations of an individual in the time period. This novel is about a married woman exploring for more personal freedom and a more fulfilling life. In 1899 when the novel was first published, both critics and the public felt that the novel was so disturbing and morbid that it was banned. Readers of the novel argue on whether Edna Pontellier is considered justified or not justified from abandoning her children and withdrawing from her marriage. Many readers question whether Edna Pontellier is considered heroic or cowardly.
Since she spoke up to the men, she said, “I was not yet Frondos’ wife, so you cannot say my husband should have defended me; this was my father’s duty as long the wedding had not been consummated…you permit other men abuse your women... (87).” The downfall of Laucrencia is she believes she should settle down with someone, who does not respect her because she believes no man would want her. She sees herself as a woman, who is not pure anymore. In She Stoops to Conquer, Kate Hardcastle is the hero of the play because she has no evil bone in her body. She is raised to know her worth, but she knows when she needed to hide her strong side from the men. Since Mr. Hardcastle taught her about the ways of men, she knows a man supposed to respect and cherish her, and she said, “…I must not tell my age.
The time and setting of the stories along with gender roles plays a large role in the plots of the story. Both stories take place before the late 20th century, when women’s rights became a huge topic amongst people around the world. When looking at Georgianna in “The Birthmark”, she clearly is submissive to her husband Aylmer. She allowed Aylmer to put her life at risk even though Georgianna didn’t have any problem with the birthmark on her cheek. When dissecting the narrator in “The Yellow Wallpaper”, she admits that her husband is controlling and clearly states her dislike of his actions, but doesn’t do anything about it.