Bingley’s sister was repulsed, as this was very against social norms. Elizabeth Bennet is also stereotyped by society because of her family, although she is nothing like her parents or sisters. This causes problems for her as she grows older and is expected to begin courting. When Elizabeth catches the eye of Mr. Darcy, a “****”, he avoided her for a very long time as his admission to himself that he is in love with
However, one must also acknowledge the changing expectations and aspirations of women during the inter-war period. Until this time, much of the representation of women in literature had depicted them as being primarily charged with the management of the home and the care of the family. Du Maurier 's two Mrs de Winter 's do not fit this domestic ideal. Understandably, one of the reasons for this was the fact that they were able to employ home help, but another
The novel Pride and Prejudice can easily be picked apart through a feminist lens. The farther into the book one goes, the more there is to critique and analyze through a feminist lens. The book is about Elizabeth Bennet and her relationship with her eventual fiance Mr. Darcy, the ups and the downs of their relationship. Elizabeth was never a woman who only craved the attention and approval of men, she was her own person with her own complex emotions. Pride and Prejudice is an intricate novel that has a great deal of feminism while stilling falling into the traditional roles of the 1700 's.
Its opponents have even suggested that feminist rhetoric condemns the opposite sex to the extent of gender antagonism (Young). In light of both the altruistic progressivism and the criticized status surrounding the contemporary women’s movement, the progress made through centuries of perseverance overall suggests that the movement intends to better and help the status of women in society. Now a movement based around securing the franchise of women, contemporary feminism initially spawned to uphold the rights of women before they were legally acknowledged. The spirit of the movement established itself at this initial point, a “gathering devoted to women’s rights” (“The Women 's Rights Movement, 1848-1920”). As such, in commitment to its original form, the contemporary movement reflects
In the novel Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë, the reader is presented with depictions of many aspects of Brontë’s own life. The novel is a classic example of a Bildungsroman, written in the Victorian period, and many characteristics are focal in the text, one of which was of course gender inequality, as men seemed to rule the society in which Jane Eyre lived in. A woman couldn’t be successful in this period without a powerful man. Jane Eyre however, sought to prove everyone wrong as she attempted to abolish the rules of this Victorian society. “The novel suggests possibilities for gender subversion within a seemingly normative romance narrative” (Godfrey, 2005).
The main goal of this novel was to bring light to many different social issues. One being that women should be and are typically frail beings, scared to voice their opinions, is completely thrown out with Austen's powerful main character Elizabeth. In writing a controversial love story, that brings together two unlikely individuals from completely diverse backgrounds and social status, shows how Austen believes that society should remove the heavy importance that social economic status weighs to each member of society. Another main message is the more obvious fact that people should marry for love and pay no mind to social status and the pride it brings. The development of Elizabeth and Darcy essentially strengthens her view points.
Feminists around the world turned to literature to advance their perspectives. One play commonly cited as a feminist text is “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen. Written in the nineteenth century, Ibsen’s play describes the struggles of a woman who desires to step outside society’s conventions. Although Ibsen argued that his work was exclusively about the human condition, Ibsen unintentionally created a feminist play. “A Doll’s House” by Henrik Ibsen is a feminist play, as shown by demonstrating the risks of defying societal norms and the burden of gender rules through many of his characters.
As an adult, Jane asserts her independence by rejecting unequal marriage. When Jane finds out that the man she was to marry, Mr. Rochester, was already wed, she ran away. Mr. Rochester pleaded passionately for her to stay, revealing his unfortunate history and even threatening to use physical force to restrain Jane. Both tactics failed since, as Jane puts it, her conscience personified strangles her passion for Rochester. Being a mistress to Rochester in addition to being financially and socially inferior to him prompts her to leave him.
Women such as, Mary Wollstonecraft, a women’s advocate, who demanded that women be given proper education and opportunities and be allowed to grow in terms of a whole to equal those of men. They recognized and pointed out the causes of women suppression; false moral codes and traditions which only strengthen such stereotypes. Virginia Woolf in her book, ‘A Room of One’s Own’, writes about how women should have a space to themselves in which they are free to do as they please. She fortifies the thought that, women should be financially autonomous as well as professionally. Woolf’s writing had witnessed the great shock of the First World War, causing rifts to appear in the conventions of the then present society, creating a rapid and vast change due to its economically and social effect on the people.
That girls should be in a stupid bliss so it wouldn’t affect them because they wouldn’t be able to do anything about it. Daisy and Tom’s love wasn’t real love because if it was he would have been there for his daughters birth instead of God knows with whom. F. Scott Fitzgerald portrays women as hopeless and better off being stupid so they wouldn’t process and realize that their husband didn’t really love them and that love is just a unrealistic dream. Further, a modern writer Zora Neale Hurston wrote in her short story about a married couple in a small community. Where the wife named Lena has an open affair in front of the town and her husband.