Edna was suffering “under the liberty in which she must justify her existence. When a woman in the existential manner assumes sole responsibility for her life… freedom becomes something of a negative condition and she herself indeed [is] a solitary soul “ (Seyersted). Women in the 1800’s like Edna suffered from not being equal with men. Edna realizes that she will never be able to obtain the freedom she wants, but at the end of the novel, as Edna slowly drowns in the ocean, she realized what her true role was in life and faces her true self (Seyersted). As the novel progressed, Edna had been trying to reject society and its way of thinking.
Eliza refused to marry someone who would be very stable for her, because she knew there was more to life than that. She wanted real love and actively pursued that desire, proving her autonomy to all. However, this “real love” was tainted in a way she was unable to see, it was in fact seduction, not love. The seduction twists Eliza’s drive for independence and uses it against her. She attempts to decide her own fate, and society punishes her for it.
In the beginning Mary comes off as a kind and well spoken young woman who tries to live life with moralistic principles guiding her. Mary is presented as a good hearted, hardworking, and naive young lady. The author gives the audience the idea of innocence as one of Mary’s earliest traits to show she is similar to the reader and to establish a connection to him/her. Examples of this would be Mary helping the proctors in house cleaning regularly despite being a court official. In Act 1 Mary states “I’ll
Taking Matters into Their Own Hands The tables and tides are turning more and more each day, allowing the writings of people from all classes of life and gender to be studied. The poetry of Isabella Whitney, an educated servant and writer from the second half of the sixteenth century, remained long in obscurity, but like Elizabeth I, whose poetry is often neglected in favor of studying her reign and rhetoric, light is being shed on their creative works. The two female writers, although separated by class, display the fears and frustrations of women who are down on their luck as Fortune imprisons their hearts and bodies and leaves them powerless to change their situations. Whitney wrote “I.W. To Her Unconstant Lover” and “The Admonition
However, he has no idea that he was born a secret child of a German peasant girl that once worked for his father. The irony of Elsa’s life was that she gave birth to a boy who would one day become a heralded leader; the irony of her son’s life is that he believes in his noble blood yet truly comes from an adulterous affair with a peasant. In the epitaph of Lucinda Matlock, the woman describes her small town experiences at the “dances in Chandlerville” and playing “snap-out in Winchester” (Masters, 879). The irony in her life is that she had twelve children, “eight of whom we lost Ere I had reached the age of sixty” (Masters, 879) and that she “had lived enough, that is all” yet, she “passed to a sweet repose” (Masters, 879). Most individuals that live such a long and hard life would drift into bitterness before death, but Lucinda instead remains in sweet contentment.
In 1792 Mary Wollstonecraft published her book A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. The spirit of both documents continues to inspire the agenda of feminist movements the world over, regarding recognition of women's human rights. Published in the year 1792, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman was written by Mary Wollstonecraft as a critique of Charles Maurice de Talleyrand- Perigord‟s report (1791) to the French National Assembly which stated that women should only receive domestic education. In this book Wollstonecraft responds to those theorists of the eighteenth century who believed women should not get rational education. Wollstonecraft challenged the then prevailing perception of woman`s nature, rationality and intellect and her place in the society.
From a Vindication of the Rights of Woman, was written during the eighteenth century by the famine philosopher Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797). From a Vindication of the Rights of Woman expresses Wollstonecraft’s true views on how woman should be treated and should act in their relationships with men, and in society. Wollstonecraft dealt with several personal events that may have opened her eyes to the way women should be truly being treated in society. As a young girl Wollstonecraft dealt with her mother being abused by her father, she would sleep on the outside the door of her parents rooms to protect her mother if needed. Wollstonecraft also dealt with her two sisters also being in abusive relationships at an older age.
The realization of her mistreatment gradually comes to her. At some point, she admits, “I sold flowers. I didn't sell myself. Now you've made a lady of me I'm not fit to sell anything else. I wish you'd left me where you found me.” The fact that her life is someone else’s property and the fact that she practically didn’t have a voice in society, nor in Higgins’ ways of changing her, clearly demonstrates the congruity between Eliza’s position and the reality for women in the Edwardian
Wollstonecraft found women to be lazy and thought that laziness would continue to be a female characteristic unless both mental and bodily moral stamina were required of them. She believed that a sound moral education could enlarge the mind. As a result, feminine blind obedience would cease, and women would no longer be veiled in ignorance under the guise of innocence. Wollstonecraft’s idea of virtue was a composite of goodness, justice, respect, honesty and chastity. Furthermore, she advised the female sex to cultivate modesty and reserve, for women could not remain complacent to be mere objects of pleasure with many vices and follies.