A sullen tone is maintained throughout this chapter as Mairs describes the society 's standards for women leaving the readers a choice on how they feel about these standards. By using logos in her essay’s, Mairs is able to further describe the effects of standards have on women, including herself by stating in her quote, she’s spent most of her life suffering from not meeting the standards set for her. The use of short and long sentences in her essays help the rhythmic flow describe what it’s really feel like to fall short of standards people have set for
In her writing, Jane Austen used literary techniques to display her character’s integrity, poise, grace and charm, or lack thereof. Throughout most of Austen’s works, a common theme is women and their behavior. In Emma, Jane Austen weaves a story between the differences of society through the actions of a young woman, Emma Woodhouse. The strongest literary technique in Jane Austen’s Emma is the use of a foil. According to LiteraryDevices.net, a foil is a character who embodies the qualities that are in contrast to the qualities of another character with the objective being to highlight the traits of the other character.
Instead, the traits we often associate with womanhood stem from society’s projection of what women should be, not necessarily what they are. English novelist Marian Evans Lewes exists counter to 1800’s European beliefs of womanhood. Instead of adhering to society’s standards, she adopts the pen name of a man and becomes a successful author, avoiding judgement for her work based solely on her gender. In her letter to Melusina Fay Peirce, however,
Gilman uses the narrator’s mental demise to show the two sides of one woman, the side that conforms and the rebellious side. The narrator’s name is not revealed throughout the story. This suggests that the narrator was too unimportant to even have a name, that she was just another woman suffering from the degrading limitations of her society. It also makes the narrator universal and able to represent any woman facing similar circumstances. The narrator describes many different symbols of confinement throughout the short story.
Women have always been given guidelines to follow and if they are not followed they are judged by others, this still holds true today;8 however they have a bit more leeway. In the late 1800’s, there was no leeway at all, there was a set of virtues women must follow to be seen as the ideal woman. In the short story, “The Storm,” written by Kate Chopin, she uses symbolism and repetition to show that woman can still be an individual outside of the virtues they are assigned to follow and live up to, to argue that the reality set in place for them was not the only reality they had to live, they could be themselves as well. These cardinal virtues being, “piety, purity, submissiveness, and domesticity” (Welter,57). Are coming from, Welter’s, “The Cult of True Womanhood.” If these cardinal virtues were not withheld the woman would be looked down upon by society and shunned for her actions.
According to Susan Miller, “the story skillfully weave fact and fiction…gut-wrenching climax.” Alvarez did not know the sisters, only of what they have done. Through their actions, she was inspired to create the character in the book and hopes that she did them justice. This novel is expressed in three segments with four parts told in the sisters’ point of view, except for Dede’s “the sister who survived”. By doing this the author allows us to have a more intimate sense of the lives of these well-known women. “Each of the girls develops her own voice.” (Miller) It also helps give us more of an insight of how the themes are presented throughout the book.
Dillard gives the insight of a girl that is imprisoned by society as a fix composition to serve her life as just one ordinary woman. This also presents the writer's purpose but it in a subtle way. "I have loved, O Lord, the beauty of thy house and the place where dwelleth thy glory." Unlike The Glass Castle, Dillard's sense of struggles was completely different yet reasonable. She protested that even though she is a girl, she can be as magnificent as the other boy were perhaps even better.
Men treated women as second class citizens in society during the early 1900s. Even with the oppression of women in society in this time, many women have struggled to expand their roles, and acquire additional rights. From my perspective, the authors of these stories are indirectly trying to tell us how much oppression the women have been through during the time. “The Thing on the Doorstep” is a short story about a woman, Asenath, who is not in control of herself because her father, Ephraim, possesses her body after he is deceased. “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a short story about a woman who suffers from mental illness.
On the cover of her self-published book, her finger is held up against her lips, the upper half of her features cut off to add to the sense of mystique. It only draws a reader further in, as if the title, “You Can’t Tell Anyone”, didn’t do enough of that already. But the mystery is lost when speaking with the author of the memoir, Corinna Yeager, a woman who brings warmth and laughter into the conversation. “Her heart is love,” Marcy Guzman, a friend of Corinna’s, gushed. “All she is, is love.” Her magnetic, lively personality is a stark contrast to the cryptic title, which turns out to be a bit of a joke.
Authors write stories sometimes based on their beliefs, despite conflicting influences like society or normalities of eras. Because of this, their themes can be quite straightforward and based on the time period. In Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour,” Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper,” and Susan Glaspell's “A Jury of Her Peers,” the female protagonists have the craving for freedom from their state of living; this passion of freedom shapes their environment and influences on the people they love and on their own self. In Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour,” the main protagonist, Mrs. Mallard, suddenly realizes that she has the potential to be free after hearing the statement of her husband’s death. This sudden epiphany causes