Dickinson was considered an odd and mystical woman of her time. This is due to her rejection of social norms and the isolation from the rest of the world she committed to when she was relatively young. Unlike many of her contemporaries, Dickinson chose to write about death, god, nature, love and art. During this time, all that was being written conformed to the thought that women were only meant to be wives and mothers alone. Motherhood being the only profession appropriate for women.
However, informal dictions seldom appear on the novel to emphasize certain characters ' low level of education. To begin with diction in educated characters ' words, Emma 's speeches prove her well-educatedness and her high social status. In chapter 33, Emma talks about the relationship between Jane Fairfax and Mrs. Elton: "Another thing must be taken into consideration too—Mrs. Elton does not talk to Miss Fairfax as she speaks of her. We all know the difference between the pronouns he or she
Austen successfully puts the wit into her books in three main ways described in the following paragraphs. First of all, with the distinguishing personality, it clearly shows the thoughts and feelings of the characters. For example, Mrs. Bennet is superficial and foolish that she only cares about her daughters’ marriages without any concern about their future lives. It’s also her pitiful part because she doesn’t receive an education. Therefore, she thinks that marries someone is rich and has high social status is the only way to make a living.
Mr. Reed is a stern women who treats Jane unfairly in Jane’s childhood, as exemplified by Jane’s isolation from the three children who are “clustered” around their mamma” (Bronte 1). Miss Temple is represented to be a benevolent person who tries to provide for the students at Lowood, as Helen Burns describes her to be “full of goodness” (Bronte 54). Celine Valens is one of Rochester’s former mistress that was motivated by his money to marry him and was unfaithful, as she was caught with another “companion in an officer’s uniform” (Bronte 150). Blanche Ingram is shown to dressed luxuriously, with “jewels” and “a crown of thick plaits”, and to be flirtatious towards Rochester. Bertha Mason is represented as a beast, with “dark grizzled hair” and “bloated features” (Bronte 311).
Elizabeth Bennet, on the other hand, refuses to marry for money, and only considers a marriage with mutual compatibility. Consequently, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice focuses on women and their distinct outlooks regarding marriage throughout this era. Charlotte Lucas is a character that gives the most accurate representation of why women marry during this time period. She is a grown, educated woman who lacks beauty and economic stability. The movie adaptation of the novel emphasizes Charlotte’s awareness of her own future and financial status when she states "I'm twenty-seven years old, I've no money and no prospects.
“The Story of an Hour” is a short story written by Kate Chopin. In this brief story, Chopin exhibits an unparalleled shape of marriage that is not always noticed by others and also incorporates an insane twist that involves massive disappointment for the main character. The characters assumptions lead to desires she never knew she had, resulting in the ultimate betrayal of herself. When the main character, Mrs. Louise Mallard, discovers the passing of her husband, Brently, she is astonishingly filled with ease and reflects on her new independent life. Eventually, Mrs. Mallard encounters an overwhelming mishap that portrays striking irony at the end of the story.
“The Eastern allusion bit me again” said Jane. This quote is taken from Charlotte Brontë’s novel Jane Eyre first published in 1847.The story follows Jane, the heroine, through her journey from childhood to her journey to adulthood, where she falls in love with the Byronic hero Mr. Rochester. This essay aims to discuss the various Eastern allusions found within the novel. These eastern allusions are discussed in terms of orientalism and specifically how Jane relates with the “other” which is sometimes problematic. The novel can be read in a feministic or post-colonial manner.
Feminism in Faulkner’s “A rose for Emily” In A Rose for Emily, Faulkner deals with the life and death of Miss Emily, a woman that is considered crazy mainly because she never showed interest on the traditional woman role of getting married and forming a family, especially since the story develops in the late 1800s. Although Miss Emily can be presented as a weak character that the town feels responsible for and takes care of, this paper would argue that her character presents a real strength. In fact, some scholars argue that her strength uses the symbolism of a goddess (Eriksson). This is shown in two main points, the first regarding the image that the town people have of her as a single woman, and the second regarding the strength within herself.
The Victorian era placed a woman’s value in how much money and beauty she possessed. In Charlotte Bronte’s coming of age novel, Jane Eyre, outward beauty deceives as it ironically represents a true evil in oneself. The beautiful Reed family, who resides in Gateshead, has cruel hearts as they boast about their luxuries as they deny them to their “outsider” blood. Even though Mrs. Reed promised her deceased husband that she would care for Jane as if she was one of her own children, Mrs. Reed encourages everyone in the house to never hesitate to tell Jane that she is a failure in everything she does.
Women in the 18th century often did not have a say in life decisions. They were subjected to the whims of the men around them. In the classic novel, Candide, by Voltaire, the main love interest, Cunegonde, is the victim of this time period. When she is reunited with Candide, she decides to tell him her “story” after he was booted out of the house by her father. Cunegonde essentially divulges that men were imposing their thoughts on her without care for her feelings.