Without the physical act of retaliation, there would be nothing to discuss. When discussing feminism, the theme that both The Awakening and A Doll’s House bring up, it can be argued that the women’s acts of rebellion were more harmful to their families than helpful. One factor unmentioned in the discussion of Edna and Nora’s rebellions are the families that both women left behind. Both Nora and Edna ultimately abandoned their children in an attempt to find a greater sense of self. Thus, Nora and Edna betray their obligation and duties as mothers.
Nanny who has been Janie’s caretaker has several hopes and dreams for her granddaughter. Nanny is not entirely perfect at her job of raising Janie, since her dreams for her are clouded by her own scarring experiences. Nanny attempts to insure a better life for Janie by forcing her to marry Logan Killicks, an old and wealthy man. Blinded by her own dreams, hopes, and desires, Nanny makes many impositions on Janie, “Have some sympathy fuh me. Put me down easy, Janie, Ah’m a cracked plate” (Hurston 20).
Curley’s wife is over stereotyped in such a way that it helps define her character and foreshadow her demise. She is self obsessed and she builds herself up by dragging other people down. Curly’s wife never achieves her dream because she trapped herself in an awful marriage to escape her family and did not think about the consequences. When she was younger, Curley’s wife desperately wanted to be a famous actor. People told her that she had incredible talent and was a “natural” at acting, and she looked past the possibility that these could all just be good pick-up lines, weaving herself a web of lies (88).
Renaissance age is also considered as the age of rebirth of women which made new discoveries to improve their poor condition. Marrying and taking care of their children and household was their main job or duty. If they had no male relative then they were forced to become nuns for the rest of their lives. There was no class difference, women of all the classes were expected to do all kinds of jobs. Some women were told to help their husbands in running their business as well.
For example, if a woman was raped by her husband it would not be considered rape since the husband has “ownership” over his wife’s body. In the 1930’s wifehood and motherhood were regarded as the most significant professions for women. It was
In hopes of obtaining a secure financial future, women often dedicated their lives to marrying wealthy men, without any regard to mutual affection. Wollstonecraft condemned such marriages, arguing instead that marriages should be based on true friendship. As Wollstonecraft affirms, “Friendship is a serious affection; the most sublime of all affections, because it is founded
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?’
The nineteenth century american society characterized by, generally speaking, gender inequality. American woman`s live was shaped “ by those dramatic forces that shaped all Americans: politics, economics, social upheaval, wars, depressions, disease,[and] protest movements.” In such a society woman enjoyed few rights whether these rights were socially, politically or legally. From a social point of view, American woman remained under the authority of her father and husband. A married woman was expected to stay at home, to cook, to raise children, to run the household and to create what might be called a heavenly atmoshere for her husband.
and she is deeply affected by all the tragedies in her life. She is a tragic character, who is unable to exist in the world which surrounds her so she makes up a better world in her imagination. The world she wishes to live in. People can sympathize with Blanche because of all the tragedy in her life. Susan Henthorne writes in her essay A Streetcar Named Desire, Death and desire bring Blanche to this low point in her life.
Primary sources are imperative in building a picture of 19th century Britain as they give us a first-hand insight into what life may have being like during the Victorian age. Upper, Middle and lower-class women in Victorian society had a very limited role, however had very different lives depending on wealth. Upper-class women had everything they needed finest clothing, servants and enjoyed everything money could offer however, had very little power. The lower-class women had less choice and although could never rise to an upper-class standing unless through marriage, they had some opportunity to rise beyond the lowest areas of society through work, becoming a prostitute or possibly a kept woman.
The Battle of the Genders: Societal Limitations of Females What are some of the expectations that society has for men and women? Some may respond to this by discussing jobs. Others may talk about the responsibility of duties and the role of personality. There may even be a group of people that says that society no longer sets expectations for males and females.