Being a traditional Hindu woman, it is the duty of a mother to remind her daughter that she is grown up and she should behave accordingly. When Saru attains menarche , the first experience of menstruation is horrifying and painful . Instead of explaining the process to her and putting her at ease, the mother frighten her with the fact that she would bleed for years. She is not permitted to enter the kitchen, puja-room and eat in a separate plate. She is also expected to sleep on a straw.
Like Water For Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel, is set during the Mexican revolution where men and women experienced several struggles. The horrendous conflict, however, somewhat improved the lives for women in Mexico as they were able to work which is not . Yet, the patriarchy was still quite vast as women were expected to fit in a certain stereotype. Nonetheless, Tita’s mother, Mama Elena rejects the stereotypical role as she is a fierce, domineering, and fearless woman who expresses her tyrannical personality throughout the book. For these reasons, Mama Elena completely disregards the patriarchal society and rejects the stereotypical role of women.
Sarah, one of the most influential women in Genesis not only holds an important position in Abraham’s household, single-handedly deciding on Hagar’s fate, but also presents a powerful position in directing God’s covenant which is passed down to her son, Issac. Sarah is an epitome of beauty and dearly loved by her husband, but unfortunately, is barren in her early years. Therefore, Abraham’s first offspring, Ishmael is borne by Hagar, Sarah’s maidservant. Once Hagar is pregnant, she mocks Sarah’s inability to conceive as “her mistress was lowered in her esteem” (GEN, 16:4). Insulted by Hagar’s mockery, Sarah asks Abraham to choose between her and Hagar, but Abraham, Abraham tells Sarah to “Deal with her as you think right” (GEN 16:6).
Her role in her family and series as a whole has been to be the housewife , however in the big picture she can be viewed as the embodiment of all mothers who care deeply about her friends and family. Despite her being the ‘mother’ of the series, she is still able to challenge the stereotypical representations and expectations of women in
Juliet’s personality develops hugely from the outset to the end of the play. She transitions from this young naïve law-abiding 13 year old to a cunning love struck grown up girl. The opening prologue gives a lot of the story away, without taking the suspense away. The chorus informs the audience that Romeo and Juliet are ‘star-crossed lovers’ implying that the couple are governed by fate and somehow linked to the movements of the stars. The Elizabethan period was very patriarchal and a way that Shakespeare exemplifies this is by making Capulet have absolute power over his wife and daughter or so he thinks.
In the words of Simone de Beauvoir: Marriage diminishes man, which is often true; but almost always it annihilates woman (The Second Sex). Mayamma, the servant maid and the grandmother in The Thousand Faces of Night are identified as feminine who seem to fulfill every criterion of complete feminine development. They are excellent wives, mothers, and capable housewives. Mayamma, the family retainer in the house of Devis father-in-law is the archetypal female who accepted her fate, cursed it but never questioned it, and lived her life exactly as she was expected to. She bore the brunt of cruelty that the patriarchal family had ordained for a woman as a daughter, a wife, a daughter-in-law and a mother.
When we see the women together we see their mischievous attitudes not only mock Portia suitors, but also come together to test their husbands. Portia is a representation of this loss as we see that not only is she intellectual, but she is the most highly educated in the courtroom as she solely saves Antonio’s life when Bassanio, Gratiano and even the Duke could not save
Sara is very strong willed when it comes to her own thoughts which is why her nickname is Blut-und-Eisen. Even her own mother says “when she begins to want a thing there is no rest, n let-off till she gets it” (20) . She sees her sister get married to men they don't love and she realizes that she will not live her life that way. As each sister gets married she becomes more opinionated. As she experiences more heartache she becomes louder.
Imagine being invited to your sibling’s wedding, only to find out that they are marrying your significant other. The novel, Like Water for Chocolate, written by Laura Esquivel, takes place on a ranch in Mexico in which Esquivel explains the hardships that the youngest daughter, Tita, has to go through due to the De La Garza’s family tradition and Tita’s relationship with her mother. Since she is the youngest of three, the tradition is that she is not able to marry, and her main focus should be to take care of her mother until she dies. Tita had already been in love though with Pedro Muzquiz, but now he is married to her sister, Rosaura, to try to get closer to Tita. Therefore, Mama Elena knows to keep the two apart and threatens Tita if she