“It was her sister Josephine who told her, in broken sentences; veiled hints that revealed in half concealing.” (pg.1 paragraph. 2). According to Chopin, Josephine is very cautious of the way she reveals the death of her husband to her sister. Like most other women in this time Josephine felt that she needed to hide the news when telling Mrs. Mallard, because Josephine believed that she would take the news poorly. When Mrs. Mallard was informed of the news she was initially saddened, but Mrs. Mallard did not respond as expected as illustrated by the author; “She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same, with a paralyzed inability to accept its significance.” (pg.1 paragraph.3).
Edna says she wants to do her own thing without being fettered by her children or the society that is saying that you can’t get divorced. Edna also states that her children are bringing her down and damning her soul; Edna thought about her being free and realized that it is just another fantasy and the one person who actually gave her pleasure was Robert and he had left her for the sake of herself. Edna had been getting frustrated with the idea of her not being satisfied and her not receiving the love that she wanted and the realization of her not getting love or independence she didn’t give love back. She did love her kids but she never really wanted to be in this grouping of a mom or a housewife essentially. Her overall point is that she wants to be free and actually get satisfaction from activities other than painting, she felt constricted with Leonce.
She was aware of the mistreatment by her husband, which ultimately compelled her to get revenge against him by making him faint, as Gilman writes “Now why should that man have fainted? But he did, and right across my path by the wall, so that I had to creep over him every time! (10). Jane in the end breaks, and can no longer tolerate her husbands dominance, she revolts, and manages to get him to faint. Both women had differences in tolerance towards their husbands, as Georgiana was tolerant, and Jane was
He actually was concerned about his wife’s condition. As being a doctor he thinks that whatever he is doing to his wife is for her own good. It is clear that he has good intentions for his wife, but the writer is telling her readers that attitudes of the men toward women that were established in their minds by their society. Until the women’s movement the men didn’t even know that their behavior was considered cruel. John just wanted his wife to get out of the depression by locking her away, and if you look at the story at the end she did came out of her depression because she lost the touch of reality and in her mind she was trying to save another woman from the yellow wallpaper.
She has a few ideas on how to overcome male chauvinism- a belief where men are believed to be inherently superior to women- within the society, however, her solitude deters her from taking any immediate actions and makes her feel lost. In addition to that, her inner turmoil further leads her to doubt her own reliability of keeping Pearl and she begins to consider committing suicide; she fears that if the child would rather be better off without her. “The scarlet letter had not done its office” (Hawthorne, 182). Towards the end, Hawthorne develops a tone of irony as he describes the affect the scarlet letter had on her. Instead of severely punishing and humiliating her, the scarlet letter did the opposite of its intended
Juan seems to not want to deal with the responsibility of being a father and having to work to support them and have the people talk. The wife has to battle with the decision of what to do with her life, while Yerma has to deal with the denial of Juan wanting to bare children to her. In both the short story and the poem, the men seem to not be much of a support towards their wives. The husband becomes a coward towards the end of the short story. His wife wants to separate from him, but he doesn’t want to end his marriage because he still loves her and wants to be with here till the end.
Marriage is a compromise; however, Louise becomes unwilling to sacrifice her new-found freedom. Marriage is inherently oppressive. Taking traditional gender roles into account, women submit and sacrifice more of their lives for their husband. In a healthy marriage, or any relationship, one member cannot have full autonomy, or else risk the relationship. Independence and relationships do not mesh
She wants to live her life as any normal person would live despite her heart condition, but back in the old times, wife has to listen to her husband all the time. The author has made me think that Louise heart condition is going to kill her when she heard of Brently tragedy. It was unexpected to find out how happy she was when she found out she finally got her freedom because her husband was not with her any
Louise Mallard is described to us as “firm” and “fair. She exists in a time when women are classified as objects of beauty and property, and her heart trouble suggests that she is fragile. Louise’s initial reaction to the news of her husband’s death suggests that she is deeply saddened and grief stricken when she escapes to her bedroom. However, the reader is caught off-guard with Louise’s secret reaction to the news of her husband’s death because she contradicts the gender norm of the 19th century woman. Her contradiction to the stereotype / gender norm is displayed when she slowly reveals her inward
A woman with a mental illness was often overlooked and not treated properly. Mental illness could have been looked at as just another weakness that women have. The Yellow Wallpaper exhibits exactly how women were treated at this time. She may well have been suffering from postpartum depression, yet she was told to rest and wait to be better. She could not get excited or else she may relapse because she was so fragile.