During the Victorian Era, women were expected to be demure, asexual and obedient and society confined their roles to mothers and wives. The subject of the dramatic monologue, however on several occasions appears to defy these conventions and establishes herself to a certain extent as an independent woman from which there occurs conflict as the Duke resents this strength of nature and instead desires to control her. The Victorian ideal that women were property is embodied in the quote, ‘twas not/Her husband’s presence only, called that spot’ where the Duke suggests that he should have sole ownership and control in her life, and he would be the only man who was of any importance to her. This concept of ownership and property is reinforced throughout the dramatic monologue where the first line, ‘That’s my last Duchess painted on the wall’ which illustrates a possessive nature borne out of his supposed masculine superiority. The Duke views the Duchess as an object, more valuable and pleasing to him when inanimate than alive, the adjective ‘last’ also creates the impression that the Duke has had many wives and they were all similarly disposed of, treated like throwaway items rather than human beings.
She realized that men were so empowered because of what they were allowed to have, such as an education, and it put men above women. She fought to change that, and fought for women’s rights. Most men in parliament thought that women would not comprehend how it operated, so they should not take part in it. This angered many women, so Pankhurst established the Women’s Social and Political Union to empower women in Europe. The unification became recognized as the Suffragettes.
In the play “The Importance Being Earnest” Oscar Wilde wants to show that the caricature on high society. The play was in the 1800’s. A caricature is a charter or a physical fentress that exaggerates by making it bigger or smaller to make a person notice and laugh to show their weakness. Oscar Wilde makes us think if it’s really important to be earnest ? The story is about two boys that want to be named Earnest, so because of that they have a double life and they will need to handle the problems.
Fritz Oehlschlaegar links the meaning of “The Lottery” to patriarchy. He suggests that the event was a depiction of the way the male dominated over women sexuality in the society. According to the author, women gave birth to many children to increase their survival probabilities during the “The Lottery”. He also discusses the conflict between male authority and women resistance. He suggests that the women did not support the event, felt it was unfair but could not however raise their opinions since they were submissive to their husbands, and were controlled by the men.
Women in the middle ages tend to be push aside as the Chaucer displayed in “The Knight’s Tale” and “The Wife of Bath’s Tale”. In the medieval system, people believed that women are to be educated by their husbands, that women are vicious, and therefore they believe men were always right. Women’s position in society was determined by the unfavorable attitudes of leaders. Women also was to seem to be following the Mother of Christ example to preserve their virginity. When the Wife of Bath was created there was no awareness of feminine desire for equality.
In this short story, it is believed that Calixta is not in love with her husband but rather Alce. She married her husband because there was no other option and though he was not who she imagined herself with he offered protection and he loved her. It was better to be loved than being in love with her case. Alce on the other hand also did not love his wife, nor did she love him. He like Dmitri married for social reasons.
Have you ever felt constricted by society 's views on gender? Lady Macbeth used her avaricious and imperious personality to come off as a manly figure. Although she wanted to pursue power, she faced various limitations because of her gender. Her resolution was to use other people to make her way up to the top. Lady Macbeth has a strong desire for eminence and uses her husband Macbeth who trusts her so much to help her achieve that.
In the Victorian era, women were forced to marry, as they needed the security of a man. However, Austen uses logos to question the real inequality in the Victorian era’s ideology, that a woman is incomplete without a man. This allows the reader to analyse the state of society from a different perspective. Austen also starts her sentence with an assertive tone further supported with her firm word choices, through using the words, ‘…truth universally acknowledged’. These words are important in her building ethos allowing her to deliver her controversial message.
The Victorians valued one’s social status as it was seen at the utmost importance when it comes to marriage. If there are two dominating factor that follows a social status it is wealth and power. This is prevalent in the conversation between Jack and Lady Bracknell [Gwendolen’s mother], as Jack attempts to seek approval for his proposal to Gwendolen. Lady Bracknell questions Jack’s about his yearly income and the land that he owns: “Lady Bracknell. ‘What is your income?’ Jack.
The society of that time had ideas and expectations on how women should behave. They were expected to be humble, pure, innocent, good wives and mothers. Furthermore, they were seen as inferior to men in almost every aspect. Feeling himself as a 'misfit ', Hardy was always in a disagreement with editors and critics, thus he had to edit his texts to conform the Victorian Society. In this way, he identified himself with the suppressed classes.