Women struggled with the limited clothing options, few job opportunities, had unrealistic beauty standards, and did not have the ability to achieve a higher education. The women’s rights movement improved women’s lives by breaking stereotypes and changing women’s ideals. The women of the 20th century, often struggled with beauty and fashion restricting their clothing options. Women were often described to be weak and a symbol of being delicate and fragile. In the 50’s, women were simply expected to get married to a wealthy man, stay at home, and raise children while her husband worked to provide for the family.
And how Nea deals with this events. This story is written with the immature and unreliable 12-year old perspective. These two sisters have grown together all through their life’s, creating a strong bound, and the fact that her family and a “old guy” is taking away her sister is something she can’t stand. In the end Nea believes that she is saving Sourdi from Mr.Chhay and her mother. However what Nea does not understand in all her youth and idealism , is that sourdi does not want to be saved: She willfully accepts her fate and her marriage to Mr.Chhay because she finds financial stability and a secure future.
Although Henrik Ibsen presents Nora as an innocent character at the beginning of the play A Doll´s House, there were signs of rebellion that made the audience somehow foresee the final act. But to recognize these signs of insurgence, we must to take into consideration – throughout the following essay – that this play took place during the 1870s. At that time, women had fewer rights than men. They were dependent, as they had to live their entire life under the shadow of men. Women themselves passed from their father’s responsibility to their husband’s responsibility, and so did their rights .
The poem ‘The Lady of Shalott’, by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, was written in a period when women were seen as obedient products. They represented the house image, the inner world, having no rights. Women were supposed to be pure, virgin and reserved. When they got married, women had to give up their money and rights to their husbands. It was not enough that women stopped having any rights or money, but they also become the property of their spouse, in other words, a husband took the decision about his wife’s life and body.
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
Mrs. Mallard felt confined to her husband and felt only his domination over her. Kate Chopin informs the reader of an important note about Mrs. Mallard: “And yet she had loved him–sometimes. Often she had not” (Para. 15). This woman was not a woman of companionship; she would thrive on being single.
Today marriage is acknowledged as a commitment between two people who love each other and want to spend eternity together, but marriage has not always been perceived like this. During the 19th century in America marriage was much like a contract, where women were to give up many of their freedoms to uphold their husbands’ demands. Too often for the women of the 19th-century, rights were taken from them and the rights they did have were always being infringed upon. “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin is a great representation as to how married women felt oppressed. In the short story, Mrs. Mallard suddenly finds herself a widow and grief quickly erupts within her.
Chopin also describes Mrs. Mallard as “young, with a fair, calm face, whose lines bespoke repression and even a certain strength”. At the beginning Mrs. Mallard is thought of as being controlled, and weak. In the 19th Century, when this story was written, husbands controlled their wives. Perhaps Mrs. Mallard wasn’t like most women of her time. After she hears of her husband’s death she morns for what feels like only a moment.
Women had one role in society to please their husband, take care of the children and handle the financial assets of the home and to think otherwise was ridiculous. Not only are women looked down upon they are treated horribly. We see this though the character Calonice in Lysistrata when she says "Suppose they grab us, drag us into bed" (159) Calonice was scared to stand up to her husband fearing he would rape her. Women we were seen as sex objects and we obliged to do whatever is told to them. In Lysistrata, the roles of women are reversed.
Murasaki created a female character strong enough to reject Genji but still delicate to fit the Heian female description. The powerful depiction of women in Tale of Genji mirrored the persona of Murasaki herself. Murasaki did many things not common during the Heian period. Instead of marrying upon reaching puberty, she stayed with her father until she was ready to get married. She also hated men in general due to their consistent drunkenness and somberness.
Women had very little authority over their lives and it was as if their husband owned them. Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story, “The Yellow wallpaper” and Susan Glaspell’s play “Trifles” are alike in some respect; they both assess the situation of marriage and the divided genders with society’s criticism and impartiality toward women. For Gilman, the nineteenth-century story reveals the fact that this gender
Women gained a new sense of being when they learned that they could do more than just take care of the home and children. In “Desiree’s Baby”, we learn how easily women are disposable when they are no longer desirable to their husband. I believe Kate Chopin was writing about her personal beliefs, and how she felt traditions should