Taslima, the politically inclined girl, doesn’t obey her family’s rules while members of Nadira’s family are able to live with a foot in each culture. Bangladeshi families are normally divided into two groups: the breadwinners and the housekeepers. Traditionally the men are the workers and the women keep the house in order. Taslima fully assimilates into American culture and takes a stand on something she believes is right. She uses America’s freedom of speech to voice her opinion, which is something her family doesn’t approve of.
In Icelandic law her obligations were completely bound to the homestead, where she had most power, symbolized by the keys on her sash. She couldn't speak outside the farm and was avoided from public life, however she was included in all family business. It was to her responsibility and greatest achievement to see that the honor of the family was maintained. In marriage the genders had generally characterized, different parts, however widows and women who were unmarried or had no close male family were capable, or expected, to accept a percentage of the obligations that was regularly men's. Some women were profoundly respected, whether as representatives of effective families, or for their age, intelligence and wisdom.
For example, Curley 's wife represents all women in America during this time period. “If I catch any one man and he is alone, I get along fine with him.” Curley 's wife is a very nice person, but a lot of people especially Curly won’t give her a chance ever. Curley 's wife 's name is irrelevant to all the men, she doesn’t really have a voice in what goes in and is a possession to Curly more than a person. Another person that represents an archetype is Slime. He represents all the wise leaders in American who are able to take circumstances into his own hands and handle them with ease.
Steinbeck crafts Curley’s wife’s character to demonstrate the role of women in the 1930’s, and to prove that women will never be able to achieve the American Dream because of the sexist society present during that time period. Gender roles during the 1930’s were very prevalent. Men were free to do as they pleased while women were expected to be submissive housewives, meaning they must stay home alone and tend to the house. Curley’s wife is a perfect example of this as she was also expected to stay home without the freedom to socialize with others since she was the only female on the farm. Because of that Curley’s wife desperately desired a person she could talk to.
Even though Charlotte was not the most beautiful woman, she found abundant success in her talents. 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.
This leads Pecola to struggle to find her identity, in a time where perception is everything. Pecola is challenged by the idea that her mother prefers her work life, that they have an outdated house, and that she does not look like the Shirley Temple doll with blue eyes. Morrison went into great detail when describing the elegance and beauty that was present in the Fisher home, to demonstrate that those who do not fit into the ideal American life often feel shame. The Breedlove family lived a very simple life, and in no way did they fit into what society believed to be correct. Mrs. Breedlove was the only member of the family that truly understood what the American Dream looked like.
Independence vs. commitment Since the beginning of the novel, we can appreciate that Bathsheba is a strong, independent woman who knows what she is doing and seems like she knows what she wants. As we can recall, when Oak asked her to marry him Bathsheba said that she did not want to be any men’s property, at least not in that moment. From that moment on we can see her display a magnificent role; when she inherited her uncle’s farm many of her workers were not happy with this because Bathsheba was a woman, but she showed them that it was not important because she could be as efficient as any other man and that she did not need a man by her side to do the hard work. These facts show us that Bathsheba is independent. On the other hand, as soon as she meets officer Troy, Bathsheba falls for him and marries without hesitation, she did just what she said that silly girls usually do and she would never do; for a while, Bathsheba is faithful to officer
Among all the characters in this story, there is one that some readers wish they knew more about: Ms. Myrtle Wilson. Though she was one of the most essential characters in this book, there seems to be little known about Mrs.Wilson. In The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald presents Myrtle Wilson as a selfish woman who lacks morals and does not care how her actions affect others, when in reality, she just wanted to fit in and feel important. Myrtle Wilson is the wife of George Wilson, the car repairman in the low-class region between West Egg and New York; she is also Tom Buchanan’s mistress. Fitzgerald first describes Myrtle as having a “thickish figure,” “faintly stout,” and explains that her face “contained no facet or gleam of beauty,” but her actions and personality make up for her lack of physical perfection (Fitzgerald 25).
Janes nearest of kin were her grandmother and her aunt, both of them lived a humble life and hardly had a sufficient income. Her aunt Miss Bates was a very popular and always welcomed person, although she was “neither young, handsome, rich nor married” (cf. Emma p.22). She cares for her mother, Jane’s grandmother, the widow of a former vicar of Highbury and together they live in a small and simple home. Mr. Campbell provided her with a good education with the intention of her becoming a governess in the future, for the money she inherited from her father was not enough to secure her financial independence.
In order to properly understand the significance of the artist Mary Cassatt and the influence she had on the focus of feminism, we must take her life into consideration. She was by no means your average woman of the late Nineteenth Century; most women would have been schooled in keeping homes, cooking and learning how to serve their husbands and future children. This never seemed to be a thought in the singular and seemingly solitary mind of the artist in question even though she was raised to be a proper lady. Born Mary Stevenson Cassatt, in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, 1844, the young artist was raised in an affluent and comfortable family. During this time, an education was not viewed as complete until the student in question had traveled abroad and bettered