In Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, she uses her characters to challenge the gender roles of that time. In her book, women are the submissive and weaker gender. They cannot gain power without a influential or wealthy man backing her up which is usually connected by marriage. Considering since women have no powers in society, in marriages they also don’t have much power, therefore the husband suppresses their wives and doesn’t give them any freedom. Because the females are scared of the males, they don't fight back and just keep it in.
Being in a more patriarchal society, it shows that the majority of men didn’t really notice their status over their females since the idea of women wanting power was unthought of until he was told by the older lady. That same older lady didn’t just give the knight that information without any benefit to herself, within the whole scenario the knight still was underneath the control of women. Something that at the time was very unknown and many could claim that it’s the epitome of what women have struggled
In the 1400’s, women's lives were completely dependent on men. They were raised to not do anything for their own interest, but for the interest or benefit of the men in their lives. Women were not at all seen as equals to men, and especially not so if they were unmarried. In Shakespeare’s play, Romeo and Juliet, Juliet Capulet’s life is influenced by the dominant male figures that surround her. Juliet’s gender is what forces her to be dependent on others and their decisions, which will eventually lead to her death.
Woman suffrage was a rough time for woman. They proved in many ways, to men and the government, that they were capable of having the responsibility to vote. Except, no one seemed to care and thought that they were not ready. Allowing women to vote is a right because otherwise it would be considered oppression, women are just as capable as men to vote, and they will help improve the government. First of all, if women were not granted the right to vote, it would be considered oppression.
Now a day, the women have a limit on what they wear because it could be a distraction for men. Women are expected to always be modest and to just abide by whatever the men want. Egypt has now turned into a male ruling and dominating state. Women cannot become president in now’s society, but back then women could rule without a problem. Cleopatra was one of the best leaders in ancient Egypt that is a women and she helped Egypt to prosper and to grow (Mercer).
Nieva and Gutek (1981) bring up two explanations for the fact that women miss out on the opportunity of having a mentor. First of all women are perceived as people who lack perseverance and are presumed to have an unreliable career commitment. Many male sponsors assume that women miss the drive to engage in a long-term professional involvement. As sponsors expect that their grooming and support will encourage the protégés to build on the foundation they created (Nieva & Gutek, 1981). Also, women are less aware of the fact that a mentor can open a lot of doors and can be very beneficial to their future career and progress in an organization.
It did not work that way for the women. Women were not given the luxury of feeling comfortable saying what they wished without getting scolded by their husbands. Ma somewhat followed that set role, but she also got frustrated sometimes and could not help but say what she really felt. Other than the men and women being given certain roles, everyone everywhere solely wished for happiness. The Grapes of Wrath portrays how men and women handle difficult situations differently.
The years after the ratification was arduous for women. Many women preferred the traditional roles because it was all they had known. Not to mention, the Great Depression forced many to transition back into housewives. Also, headstrong men were intimidated by the challenge of dominance; therefore, resulting in prejudice. All of this to say, the struggles these women endeavored made it possible for the women in modern society to be regarded as sagacious and independent.
In uttering these words, Lady Macbeth accuses her husband of being too feminine. She notices that he is too feminine and humane to kill the king. Even though they are quite powerful already in society, the Macbeths believe they are still somehow without purpose. Their marriage itself is an obvious indication of this as neither seems content with the qualities of the other. Lady Macbeth especially expressed criticism towards her husband for her wants in him.
Sofia as a self-confident woman bought progression and change to Celie life, in a sense that she taught her how to fight and to stand up for herself. In the beginning of the novel Celie wasn’t confident in herself, she couldn’t stand up for herself and what she believed in she was simply weak, and this weakness was bought because of what she was going through all the man in her life that were abusing her and treating her like dirt and the fact that she never had a mother figure in her life to protect her and to teach her to be strong independent woman. So when she met Sofia she was jealous about Sofia character and she wanted to be like her she envied her- “…I say it cause I’m jealous of you. I say it cause you do what I can’t” (Walker, 2014,