The best of wives and women in Gatsby Women in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby play a rather complex and interesting role. During this time period, women were breaking away from the social normality of staying in the domestic hemisphere and instead were rebelling against social normalities and changing the view that society had of them. They changed their clothing style, started going out by themselves more often, and other acts that society would have viewed as, “absurd.” Also during the golden 20’s men had all of the status, all of the money, they owned everything. Women during this time had no entitlement to anything, it was all their husbands or men in their lives. We see this in all three of our main feminine characters in The Great Gatsby.
She was never able to make decisions or take actions for herself, which if she had, could have prevented her from reaching her own death. She relied on others such as her father, Romeo, and Friar Lawrence, who all played a key role in the cause of Juliet’s demise. The mentality of this play regarding women is that the more power or respect a woman has all comes from the man that she is married to. In this time period, all power would lay in the hands of the men. Juliet left all of the power she had over herself to the men in her life.
All around the world, women were not even allowed to vote because men thought that they did not know anything about politics and were not able to make such complicated decisions. Women in the past were not allowed to vote, to speak, work or do anything that men were doing. This kind of life for women was made even more difficult because they were also victims of physical and emotional abuse in their families. When the time came for women to get married, parents didn’t choose someone their daughter might love, but rather their families forced them to marry someone who came from a rich and powerful family, never mind if he was decades older than their daughter. In this society, however, there always were the so-called “black sheep” of the family; women who stood up to this injustice and demanded they be heard.
Dominated by a completely male society, the rules of this time were made by those in power- rich, white men. Women had little place in society, but when first arriving in the colonies, they were viewed as helpful and necessary. When comparing the start of the colonial era to the end, it can be seen that the views and roles of women in this time period were downgraded tremendously. By the time the American Revolution came in 1775, the 1607 mentality of women as necessary was gone and replaced by the view of women as property and worthless. This change came about during this time period due to the events and ever-growing technology of the era, increasing the burden put upon
Shelby also highlights the difficulties women with strong political beliefs had with asserting influence. Mrs. Shelby had no say in the sale of her slaves, she was completely helpless when it came to money management in her household, and her only resource to enact her will was to plea to her husband. To infer that Mrs. Shelby had any other resources available to her would not only be completely inaccurate, but it would arguably be the one of the most outlandish thoughts of the novel. Nearly 100 years later, scholarly articles were still so oblivious to the unequal power structure, that it was not even considered. An article entitled “Shall We Teach Gender?” from 1922 was so aloof to the inequality that it states, “Gender is a matter of very little importance; it could be entirely omitted from our grammars without any loss” (Phillips, p 27).
The lack of rights regarding women's jobs could be because of the absence of education provided to Renaissance girls. In the book Women of the Renaissance, author Theresa Huntley explains that "Few young girls attended elementary school. Girls did not advance far in the education system, and they were not allowed to
During the Elizabethan period, the role of women in society was very different from what it is today. According to the system of patriarchal society that dictated that women were inferior to men, they had to obey the male figures in their lives. The woman was seen as the weaker sex either physically or emotionally which meant that it was entirely dependent on her husband if married and members of his family if single. Moreover, in the Elizabethan theater, women were not allowed to play because of this hierarchy. Therefore, they were replaced by men disguised as women.
Ophelia’s father controls every aspect of her life. “Essentially, Ophelia has no control over her body, relationships, or her choices” (“Hamlet”). Ophelia accepts her lack of control and for that reason becomes a subservient person. For example, when Hamlet insults Ophelia multiple times and then asks where her father is, she responds with: “At home, my lord” (III.i.131). Instead of addressing him as Hamlet or using an endearing term, she speaks to him as though she is of a lower class.
Wollstonecraft disapproved largely of Rousseau’s critique by first addressing the rights that women were entitled to within the house. During this time, women were mostly confined to their homes and expected to please men as their only duty. The daily life of a married women was to be a care taker and look after the upbringing of offspring. In many cases, women were not permitted to work, but if they did, the job designation, hours and location would be restricted and require little to no skill set. Another restriction placed on women was that they were regarded as mere creatures of feelings that were incapable of forming rational thoughts.
High class women had the resources and means to possess quality corsets. Middle class women wore corsets as well, but the quality was severely lacking, in regards to the higher class corsets. And finally lower class women did not wear them on a daily basis, if at all. Generally working class women, although at the time many women were not considered to be working, did not wear a corset as it severely inhibited physical performance. To wear a corset, at the time, was a defining part of their social status.
Though it was frowned for a woman to act, think, write, and speak like men, that didn’t stop them. In the book, Revolutionary Mothers by Carol Berkin, we learned that women were prohibited to exercise anything out of field and house work, especially politics, this book demonstrates that over the decades, women had altered that perception.
Rough Draft Topic Paragraph: Have you ever wondered how women went from being considered as objects to being considered as equal? In the Elizabethan era, they were seen as objects to obtain fame, power, and wealth, not seen as people. Because of this mindset, they couldn’t do or learn anything, just because of the fact that they were women (Gale). It was also largely debated if they even had souls (Gale). Since this time, the way women are perceived has changed.
The biggest struggle that women in that time period faced was their lack of equality compared to men. Compared to men they were deemed inferior. For example, in 'The Yellow Wallpaper, ' when the women insisted that her staying confined in that place was not working, her husband dismissed her and called her a "blessed little goose." Her husband did not see her as fit for her to decide what was or was not working for herself. This is one of the many instances where men in that time period deemed themselves superior and took away the freedom of their wives.