Eleanor and FDR had 6 children, forcing her to take on the duties and responsibilities of a wife and mother and to follow the expectations society held for women in the 1920s. She was influenced by Roosevelt 's mother, Sara Ann Delano, in whose house they lived, where Delano was the dominating woman in the household. This was making Eleanor depressed and unhappy, which Franklin knew about, but did not feel like he had enough strength against his mother, so it went on like that up to the point when Franklin Roosevelt was struck with polio, becoming a turning point for everyone and especially for Eleanor. The unexpected change eventually made Eleanor a stronger woman that Souvestre wanted her to be, with a more outspoken personality, while Franklin Roosevelt became much more vulnerable, and more
Rosaleen was an very strong role model in Lily’s life. The author Sue Monk Kidd portrays it in the novel in many ways. Lily’s mother passed away and left when Lilly was just a little girl sitting at only 4 years old. Since that day Rosaleen decided too stepped in and showed her all the steps in life, even if she was there housekeeper but they still created such a strong bond.
Twyla- Twyla is introduced at the very beginning of the story as the girl with the mom that “danced all night” (Morrison,1), she is also the Narrator and a main character. Twyla mentions her mother at the beginning of the story. Mary has neglected her daughter which is why she ends up in the orphanage. Twyla’s mother has taught her daughter to be prejudice against people of Roberta’s race saying that “they never wash their hair and they smelled funny” (Morrison,10), throughout the story some of these prejudices disappear and come about again when the two women meet again and again over long time spans.
This stereotype can be interpreted from the lifestyle of Tom and Daisy, especially, when they move to a new place instead of attending the funeral of Gatsby - who selflessly loved Daisy. The character of Daisy illustrates the women of the 1920s, who is trapped in a loveless marriage. The era of the 1920s “became different for many women… [they] were earning their own money, but many stopped working once they got married (The 1920s). The society has transformed Daisy into an individual where she is obligated to live as a dependent woman.
After a small time of being married to Ethan, Zeena became sick herself. Throughout the story Zeena went from being a nurse to a patient, only to return to her role as being a nurse for both Ethan and Mattie, the help. In Edith Wharton’s naturalist novel Ethan Frome, the main character, Zeena, is a jealous, hypochondriac who ends up becoming the most responsible character in the novel. Mattie Silver is Zenobia’s cousin who came to live with the Frome’s after her parents both died. She is a beautiful young lady that is, as Zeena states, “of marrying age.”
Martha Dandridge Custis Washington was not prepared to confront the difficulties that she had to overcome at many army camps. She was an empty nester and extremely mature to be only forty-three. Before that, she married Daniel Parke Custis when she was only twenty years old. She lost two of her four kids and her husband unexpectedly, leaving her with a vast estate and two little children.
Initially named Marguerite Annie Johnson, Maya Angelou, the daughter of Vivian and Bailey Johnson, was born in 1928. From the ages of three to seven, Maya Angelou grew up with her grandmother, a great role model whom she admired for her strength, integrity, and faith and whom she wrote about in later life. When she returned to her mother in Missouri as a seven-year-old, her mother’s boyfriend raped her. The court found the man guilty, but strangely released him resulting in his murder by Angelou’s uncles soon after, which Maya Angelou felt responsible for, having supported his release by lying at his trial. Maya Angelou proceeded not to speak for the next five years in fear that others might die.
During the late nineteenth century, the time of the protagonist Edna Pontellier, a woman’s place in history was mostly confined to her children and her husband, with there being little of herself to enjoy. Kate Chopin’s novel, The Awakening, embodies the triumphs and frustrations in a woman’s life as she struggles with handling strict societal demands. Defying the roles of a typical “mother-woman,” Edna battles with the pressures of her time that demand she be a devoted and controlled housewife. One of the first overtly feminist novels, The Awakening criticizes gender and social roles in ways that have now heavily influenced what we call feminism. One of the first ways that Chopin battles the nineteenth century Victorian era is with
A woman who grew up in a conservative society. She was married to and as Kate Chopin describe in the novel (the perfect man) who’s everybody in love with, and she had two kids. Even with this normal life, it was never good or enough for Edna. She always felt like this is not what she wanted to do with her life. And even though she knew that she is married to the best man but, he was never the man of her life.]
Mary Borden, also known as May by her close friends and family, was born in 1886. Mary was the daughter of a Chicago millionaire. Her mother was a very extreme evangelist, which Mary was not very fond of. As Soon as Mary was old enough she got away from the Evangelism religion, by moving to India. There she married and had two daughters.
In the late 19th and early 20th century, there were limitations for women. Women have little to no political or legal power, because of this, women still could not vote. They also could not own property, could barely gain employment and education. Without employment and education women has no financial stability. The social limitations that Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman faced were reflected in their writings.
Chopin wants the reader to realize that in her time, women were stereotyped in a male dominated society. After hearing about her husband’s passing, Mrs. Mallard began to have a sense of peacefulness coming from the outside world. This doesn’t mean that she was happy about the death of her husband, but she felt a newfound independence. Stereotypically, married women were considered to be housewives during the early 1900s. Women were told by their husbands what to do because in those times it was believed that men had higher authority than women.
In 1899, the publishing year of Kate Chopin’s “The Awakening”, a woman’s sexuality was kept hidden and was only for the bedroom. Women wore long dress that touched the floor, and were ridiculed if they showed even the slightest bit of ankle. The role that women played in this time period was that housewife and mother. They were to keep their husbands happy, cook, clean, and take care of the children. Edna’s provincial life leads her to try to find an escape from the world’s constricting views of women.