The author claims “Everything about this woman, this Felice, amazed Cleofilas….she said she didn’t have a husband. The pickup was hers. She herself had chosen it. She herself was paying for it” (Cisneros). Felice gives Cleofilas hope for a new independent life and teaches a lesson that as a woman, you don’t necessarily need a man in your life to be happy, especially in a town like
Edna’s refusal to follow and obey social conventions, allows her to spend her time on painting and sketching. And with Leonce and the children’s absence, Edna branches off even further buying her own house and sustaining herself with a small income from her paintings. This allows Edna to gain even more independence from her household, children, and spouse, to the point that she has gone against the female submission rule in societies conventions. On the other hand, Adele is obedient and submissive to her household, husband, and children, rarely leaving the premise of her house. Because of Adele being the “mother-woman”(p.8) and following societies conventions, she is granted very little freedom as she can’t leave her house because of the duties she is expected to complete on a day to day basis.
The sneaking of macaroons put up with a result of Nora’s role as a child within the marriage. The macaroons show that Nora is not the perfect doll that Torvald tries to mold her into; nevertheless, she is not able to think of any other way where she can prove herself like her husband’s doll. Still, she tries to disguise her real personality and is constantly lying about many things. She hasn’t been taken seriously and treated with very less respect by her husband. Her lies are less a thought of her own character and more a reflection of her husband’s surroundings .She does feel the need to keep up her self –respect, while satisfying her own needs.
The whole book is surrounded by the idea that Edna just wants to be free and be her own person so she didn’t have to be dependent on her husband. Edna wants to break free from the constraints society has put on her and finally is free when she takes that last swim out into Grand
In this light, it became quite clear as to why Nora stayed with Torvald for as long as she did. Nora was not aware of the world of opportunities to live a different life and to set a course for her future, independent of men. Throughout her life, she had always been a chattel, first her father’s and then Torvald’s. It wasn’t until she rekindled her friendship with Kristina Linde, that she realized that there was a different way to live, igniting the spark that finally allowed her to leave Torvald. Relatedly, I felt more empathetic toward Torvald considering that he was simply representing the shared mindset of an average man during the time.
“Mr. Hoodhood, I think I could get you up there for some of the game. Call your mother and see if it’s all right.” Mrs. Baker does this because she knows it was important to Holling. She had no selfish reasons for doing what she does to help and support Holling. On the other hand, Mr. Hoodhood does not seem to care about what is important to Holling and always puts his business before his
If he were to say, ‘Here, Robert, take her and be happy, she is yours,’ [she] should laugh at you both.” (P.178) Edna has fully taken on the role of the New Woman as she will not be objectified and treated as somebody’s property. Edna’s view on marriage has changed, though Robert wanted her for her own being, he wants to put her in the same box as a good wife. Nevertheless, the ambiguous ending of whether Edna takes her life could suggest that she is now free from the constraints of society who still has control over her. “The water of the gulf stretched out before her, gleaming with the million lights of the sun…she looked into the distance, and the old terror flamed up for a instant, then sank again.” (P.189-90) Throughout the ending of the novel Chopin uses the metaphor of the sea to illustrate how the sea is a force of nature leading Edna to her freedom. There is a sense that society has made Edna feel guilty for leaving her family and children, as she is not a “mother-woman” like Mademoiselle Reisz.
She also had to learn to ignore that her family was taken away from her (Canton 13). Offred falls in love with Nick, who was the Commander’s helper. Living in this society as a Handmaid would not be a life many people would want. As a Handmaid, one must follow strict rules; their thoughts and actions would be almost completely controlled. Handmaids are forced to have sex with a man who does not see them as anything other than a “two-legged womb” (Atwood
Esperanza’s raping and Sally’s beatings only reinforce this idea. Esperanza, as a woman, feels trapped. This is why she chooses to remain unmarried and act in a tomboyish manner. Doing this gives her a sense of empowerment because she is breaking the chains her community has bound her actions with for years. I believe that unity finally prevails when Esperanza finds herself in "a house of her own" throughout the entire book she had talked about that goal.
Janie had a spiritual reassessment, which caused her to realize that none but her has a choice in how she lives her life. Janie is, somewhat, putting the pieces of this philosophy together throughout her journey; but she does not have a full reawakening until the very end, after Tea Cake’s death. It is at this point that she realizes the full extent of her worth and right to free will.