Females marrying upon reaching puberty was a prevalent occurrence in the Heian society. Once again, Murasaki went against this stereotype in the form of Princess Asagao. Genji kept courting Princess Asagao but she didn’t let him conquer her. Normally, females were obligated to marry men that has interest on them, but Murasaki went the opposite direction in the story. Murasaki created a female character strong enough to reject Genji but still delicate to fit the Heian female description.
For instance she wouldn 't marry the man she loved because he was poor, she practically forced herself to marry a man because of his fortune, she then became unfaithful to her husband because her past lover now had a great amount of wealth. Daisy 's desire for wealth lead her to plague her relationships, and the poor decisions she made were all caused to feed her greed. Daisy’s appetite for wealth came from her surroundings when growing up. She had all she ever needed and more, because of this, it carried out into her adulthood. And rather than a luxury it became a necessity.
In F. Scott Fitzgerald 's The Great Gatsby, the decisions, and behaviors the women demonstrate work to reveal the constant discrimination they suffer from the dominant males around them. Time shows that men affect women and make them to be what they want them to be using their physical dominance and power. It all started when a girl was born. She should see that the world gives a big opportunity for her to make serious decisions and to build her happy life. In real life, it was not like that for many years.
In Hold Up, Beyoncé somehow found a way to continue to love her husband, even with all of the grief he has put her through. Amy Winehouse’s, You Know I’m No Good, she clearly states that she is the toxic one in the relationship and that even though she is an adulterer, she still longs for her partner. And lastly, Shakespeare’s sonnet 152, he expresses that he wants to continue an affair with a married woman, because he is egotistical and greedy. Not everyone walking this earth has pure intentions at heart, when it comes to things like love and these songs and sonnets prove that. Love is not always effervescent and alluring, it can be gloomy and full of malicious
Women lacked the freedom and independence they not only wanted but needed due to a society run patriarchal views that hindered the growth of women. Not only were they expected to reside in the home but women were also tied down through marriage with the expectation of blindly following their husband without challenging their authority. Kate Chopin’s short story, “Story of an Hour”, uncovers the chilling truth of how women were perceived to have longed and enjoyed marriage during the 18th and 19th century when in actuality many felt confined, trapped and imprisoned due to what society and men wanted them to do. The story reveals that the impending pressures of having to become a good wife and mother along with patriarchal societal oppression oftentimes pressures a woman into experiencing a psychological breakdown that can result in fatal consequences. Chopin begins the story with the protagonist, Mrs. Mallard, being told
Shakespeare’s Othello occurs in sixteenth-century Europe during the Renaissance, a time when men believe they are paramount. Because they are subservient to men, women are weak and objectified. Women also have limits to their freedoms and opinions. In royal families, dire times cause for the princess to marry against her will to form alliances. Religion also pressures women into obeying men, the Church considers any form of disobedience as a crime.
Over time values have greatly changed, for example, gender roles and courtship. Literature has coincided along history and it 's a great way to view how these values have changed. William Shakspeare’s Taming of the Shrew is a great example of how gender roles and courtship were portrayed in the 16th century. Although it was controversial in its time because the lead,Katharine, is a strong-willed woman who believed she didn’t need a man in her life. It is obvious that everybody 's obsession in this time period, and some small-minded people now is that a woman absolutely needs a man to survive.
The family and social structure during this period was highly patriarchal. The father of the family was also the head of the family, this was so, because in that period women were strip of all rights to owe any form of property and were financially dependent on their husbands, hence the urgency and anxiety throughout the novel for the ladies to get married to rich young men. Marriage in the novel determines where one stand in society and where you are on the social ladder. In the start of the narrative we are told of the three sisters Miss Ward, Miss Frances and Miss Maria whose marriages either catapulted them in the higher society. Miss Maria marries the wealthy Sir Thomas Bertram of Mansfield Park and becomes upper class; Miss Frances marries a lieutenant
Society told women and men alike to marry despite their actual feelings because love had no true value over tangible items. People rather fulfill expectations to gain social acceptance thus achieving lifelong happiness. The expectations were so heavy that men and women would often hop city to city in search of a lover whom would be able to meet all of the criteria necessary to obtain the notice of others. Without each other, gender roles wouldn 't be possible to satisfy and thus validation wouldn 't be acquired. The fear of being ostracized from society, ran their lives.
To her, this was a major confusion and as the story uncovers, it was most likely the primary explanation behind her suffering in marriage. She most certainly disliked the way her husband treated her. Marriage resembled subjugation to her and when she gets the news that her husband was dead, she is upbeat that she is finally free. Mrs. Mallard can be said to speak to many marriages in society where many individuals are not enjoying the marriage but rather for differed reasons, they would prefer not to escape the marriage. The whole story is established on how Mrs. Mallard
She was soon thrown out however, because John’s wife Elizabeth suspected them of fancying each other. Even though Abby had been sent out on the highroad, she still felt that she was in love with John Proctor. At every opportunity she would try to speak with him and convince him that he loved her too. Proctor however, told her that he would never go down that road again, and his allegiance and love belonged with his wife. This kindled a powerful hatred that Abby had towards Elizabeth that would soon cause much more than a little harm.
Mrs. Mallard’s conflict reflect the situation of many women in that era because women in that time that was married lived under the husband identity, didn’t have much freedom, and were trap in marriage. Women in that era stayed in marriage even if they were unhappy. Even though Mrs. Mallard loved her husband it seems as she no longer cared to be in her marriage any longer. “But she saw beyond the bitter moment a long procession of years to come that would belong to her absolutely. And she opened and spread her arms out to them in welcome.” (Chopin, 1894, 16).
The marriage between Daisy and Tom started off with Tom cheating on their honeymoon. This endless act pattern never ceases. While Tom does claim that “[o]nce in a while I go off on a spree and make a fool of myself, but I always come back, and in my heart I love her all the time,” Daisy snapily replies “you 're revolting.” Even at the beginning of the book, Daisy refers to Tom as “a brute of a man, a great, big, hulking physical specimen.” She married him because of his status and the “pomp and circumstance” he brought. Tom also has a significant relationship with another woman, Myrtle. This illicit relationship is quickly shown to be shallow as after Myrtle brought up Daisy, “making a short deft movement, Tom Buchanan broke her nose with his open hand.” He also only thinks of himself after Myrtle is fatally killed, trying to figure out the best way to protect himself, and particularly distraught about her death.
Although I do follow on aspects of being a “girl”, being a ballet dancer I witness many gender comment, not only for women but males as well. By virtue of generalization, ballet is considered a “girl” activity. Males in this art usually experience negative remarks “feminine” is considered the most used one for a male dancer. Why would you stop something you love? Many have stopped because of what others think family, friends, the only reason they think this way is the very growth of genderization.
In society, lust is prevalent everywhere. Lust for glory, lust for money, lust for power, lust for another person. Lust has overpowered the media, the viewpoints of millions of people towards women, celebrities, literature, and the social expectations of a relationship. The female character, Gertrude, from Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, is characterized with lust, as Gertrude marries her late husband’s brother a few months after his death to satisfy her sexual desires and crave for power. This theme of lust and desire is common in many of Tennessee Williams’ plays.