In the novel Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, the protagonist, Jane, battles societal expectations and gender roles throughout her life. Her strong-willed personality clashes with the rules of being a woman and thus she is criticized frequently. Janes battle between her individuality and judgment of others is apparent and established persistently within the novel. Furthermore, these internal quarrels within Jane establish the meaning of Bronte 's work through gender roles and societal expectations. Within Chapter 20 of the book, Jane individuality suffers when her opposition to gender roles arise.
Though Esther feels like she knows every aspect about him, and even though both of their respective families attend the same Unitarian church, they are dichotomies of each other. In Buddy Willard’s bedroom, Esther realizes that he is a chauvinist, and predicts the fact that Esther will give up her professional ambitions to compose poetry in order to bear his children. Esther is repulsed at the fact that though Buddy outwardly displays his conservative, yet patriarchal, ideals; his confession which details his affair with a restaurant waitress discredits him. Esther states, “What I couldn 't stand was Buddy 's pretending I was so sexy and he was so pure … and must have felt like laughing in my face,” (Plath, 71). The narrator sets up the tone in Buddy’s voice to help the reader visualize his god complex, and how repulsed she is, even comparing his “meat and potatoes” to “turkey gizzards”.
She will live in the house they had built together and he will maintain her as long as she lives. This law is unfair to the first wife because if her husband really loved her he would not marry a second wife. The woman might not want to stay with a man that does not truly love her. However, she has no choice but to stay with her husband and his new wife. This is why one of the reasons Hammurabi’s code is unjust.
No male during this time would have suspected anything similar to this of their wife, but the fact that Shakespeare even wrote about it hints to readers that Shakespeare may have believed in equality for women. Emilia also stood up for what she believed in and laid down her life doing so. After finding out her husband, Iago, was the one who had plotted the demise of so many around her, Emilia declared “Tis proper I obey him, but not right now” (5.2.233). Emilia knew she was expected to obey her husband, yet she was willing to lay down her life to alert others of the atrocious acts that her husband had committed. Not only did Emilia speak out against her husband, but was willing to lose her life in the process.
The feminist theory is based on finding and exposing negative attitudes toward women in literature. Their goal is to reveal the reality of how women get portrayed in literature due to the fact that most literature presents an inaccurate view of women and are most of the time minimized. In the Catcher in the Rye there is a few female characters such as Sunny, the girls at the club, and Sally who are put in situations that show nothing but stereotypes and puts them in a bad spot throughout the novel. J.D Salinger decides to put some of the female characters in situations that can cause those who read this novel to think bad or leave readers with a bad image of women. This bad image on women is due to the fact that he decided to portray some of
He married Romeo and Juliet and did not tell anyone but the Nurse. Romeo and Juliet wanted to get married because they wanted to end the feud between their families. He also gave Juliet
He is also a person who doesn’t like to give up, which really shows. Micha’s father gave up on him and his mother and he didn’t want to follow in his footsteps, but also because he loves Ella. He has so much patience, perseverance, and dedication for Ella which is ravishing. One theme from this story is how Ella changed her look from “gothic and dark” to “preppy and girly” and how she tries to act nice when before she really didn’t care. The quote is “You can’t just change who you are on the outside and except it to change who you are on the inside” it represents the main topic of the book.
When dissecting the narrator in “The Yellow Wallpaper”, she admits that her husband is controlling and clearly states her dislike of his actions, but doesn’t do anything about it. Why do both women let their husband tell them what to do, no matter what negative effects will be a product of the decision that their husband made? A big part of their submissiveness has to do with gender roles during the time that the stories were written. All women before the late 20th century were expected to be submissive to their husband no matter what. They were asked to do things with their husband’s best interest in mind.
It was not looked down upon for him to rescind his love so quickly from a woman who he originally believed to be “the sweetest lady that ever [Claudio] looked on” and ultimately decide she is no longer worthy of his love (1:1:183-184). Claudio can easily rid his mind and heart of a woman who is unloyal in order to find himself a new, more worthy companion. This only works, however, because he is a male. If the same had happened to Hero, she would have been expected, as a result of the gender norms created by society, to remain quiet about the affair and continue with the marriage. Not only does gender impact the actions of and reactions to characters in the play, but socioeconomic status does as well.
To Emma, her affairs seemed like the perfect way to escape from her mediocre life and mundane marriage. However, she soon learns that affairs aren’t perfect. Her frivolousness and romanticist views pushed both men away, even though Charles never strayed. The ball at La Vaubyessard opened Emma’s eyes even more to the kind of life she wanted. Everything she read about in books just created an image in her head of what she “needed”.
In Scene 1, Marilla states that “She would never dream of taking in a girl!” When Marilla discovered that her brother, Matthew, had brought in a girl. Marilla originally return the girl in exchange for a boy. But later on in the act, she ends up developing a passion for Anne after she tells the story about how she ended up where she is now. I think Marilla develops a passion for the girl because she felt sorry for the girl. After she told the story, I believe Marilla views the girl in an entire different way than she did before.
Friar Laurence states ¨in one respect I´ll assist be; For this alliance may so happy prove to turn your households rancor to pure love¨(980) This is saying that not knowing what marrying Romeo and Juliet could cause, but he did it anyway. Little did he know that is would wound up with both of them dead. He thought that if they were married, nothing could go wrong. The friar thought there would be a happily ever after. If he never married them, then Juliet would learn that she has to do what she told, and not go behind her parents back.
Gatsby had planned to marry Daisy but when he returned from the war she had gone and married Tom. She symbolized everything that he craved, Gatsby needed to get Daisy back into his life in order to achieve his dream. Daisy is the girl that Gatsby feels completes his life. After being shipped to war, Gatsby regretted it every second because it set him and Daisy apart. After the war when Gatsby went to Oxford, she did not wait for Gatsby like he had waited for her.
To men, this seemed to be something that wasn’t real. It is just all in a woman’s head because they weren’t really sick. At the end of the story, the woman escapes and Gilman leaves her husband and her child to go off and become a writer. This story is written to support women’s rights and the fact that men shouldn’t be able to dictate what women can and cannot do. Charlotte writes this story to inform us that man and woman should share the same responsibilities; one shouldn’t be higher than the
He forces his wife, the narrator, to confront new problems and fix them in more of a restricting way using self imagination and creativity. Although John tries to bypass and escape his problems, this is not the case for his wife who chooses to solve her personal obstacles differently. The narrator is very self aware of her problems in life and despite what her doctor and husband suggest, she tackles them head on by confronting her feelings and issues in her journal. For example, when the narrator says, “I did write for a while in spite of them,” (648). She shows that she knows that hey forbid her from writing, but it is the only way that she knows she will get better.