Much like a bad dream where one cannot move, Esperanza has no power or voice; her entire life resembles this nightmare. She is discriminated against, not only for her race, but for her gender and social status as well. Dealing with all this unfair treatment, she is easily taken advantage of, leading to a desperation for a better life. She craves for a “real house” but, due to her family’s poverty, they are forced to move frequently into dingy apartments. In The House on Mango Street, Cisneros’s use of rhetorical devices like imagery, analogies, and motifs, helps to create the text’s longing tone.
Both plays explore the power held in relationships, the power of desire and the power of individuals. Both plays highlight the inequality between man and woman and the power struggle between the two. The men in both plays manipulate their power in a very open way by asserting their masculinity whereas the women demonstrate their power in a more discrete way using their ideological strength. Despite being written around 2300 years after Lysistrata, A Doll’s House was still written at a time when women suffered injustice. Male dominance was normal in a patriarchal society, where women were seen as subservient to men and the roles in society were limited to household tasks and nurturing and
He places her in the nursery of the colonial mansion, despite her requests to be placed otherwise, “I don 't like our room a bit. I wanted one downstairs... but John would not hear of it” (Gilman, 2). The narrator’s husband dictates all aspects of her life to the point where she internalizes her husband 's authority, accepting his dominance over her, “I sometimes fancy that in my condition if I had less opposition and more society and stimulus—but John says the very worst thing I can do is think about my condition, and I confess it always makes me feel bad,” (Gilman, 2). Even though the narrator knows what she needs is to be active surrounded by people instead of cooped up alone in a house out in the countryside, she abruptly stops her train of thought as she remembers John’s instructions to not think about her condition.
“ I should not want you, even if you asked to come. You have made your choice; you can be what you want to be” (Ml. Language of literature…). When Ismene refused to help Antigone, Antigone was furious with Ismene’s betrayal and basically called her a traitor that she wanted nothing to do with, even though she most likely knew that Ismene was going to choose the state over her and their brother. Antigone was hoping her sister would choose family over the state, but Ismene didn’t
In Act IV Proctor states “I have confessed myself! Is there no good penitence but it be public? God does not need my name nailed to the church! God sees my name; God knows how black my sins are!” ( Miller p.132)
She has to hide her true self to avoid the wrath of her husband. Unfortunately, because she has to hide her true self so often, she's started to lose pieces of who she once was. Orleanna was “so thoroughly bent to the shape of marriage [she] could hardly see any other way to stand” (201). She does not remember her single life, and has become so deeply invested in this dominating marriage that her life bent under the will of her husband is the only way she knows how to
Julia was the main reason why Edouard was spilling more about Sarah. First of all, Edouard’s father had been living with this guilt for what had happened to Sarah’s family from when it happened to when he had died. Edouard promised his “ father on his deathbed, that he would not tell my children or his wife” (160). Once, Julia found out who had previously lived in her house, she had to get all noisy and find who this family was and what had happened to them. Edouard had broken a commitment to his father on not telling anyone what had happened to the little girl ”Sarah” which puts Edouard in a lot of guilt since he obeyed his father’s last wishes.
Gender role refers to those behaviors and attitudes that are considered to belong to one sex. Gender role is based on femininity and masculinity that differentiate women and men by giving men some roles and women which results to gender inequality. There some work in society that is regarded to belong to women such as cooking, taking care of children and other less important roles while men are given roles that makes them superior than women. Most of the gender roles associated with women makes them inferior and creates a room to be oppressed. Gender roles are constructed by society and attributed to women or men.
She is oppressed by not only her husband, but her illness as well and she wishes to break free just as the woman in the wallpaper does. Jane feels as though this oppression is inescapable and the battle of breaking free is impossible. Shortly thereafter, the reader can see that Jane’s oppression turns to distrust. When she first began to unravel the wallpaper, she didn’t share what she saw because she wanted to be the first to figure it out, but now she proclaims “I have found out another funny thing, but I shan’t tell it this time! It does not do to trust people too much” (319).
Nora 's epiphany occurs when the truth is finally revealed. As Torvald unleashes his revulsion against Nora and her crime of forgery, the protagonist realizes that her husband is not who she thought he was at all. Torvald has no intention of taking the blame for Nora 's crime. She thought for certain that he would selflessly give up everything for her, like she given up so much for him. When he fails to do this, she accepts the fact that their marriage has been an illusion.