What she is saying is that women feel as if they have to give up things they're interested in to make their husbands happy, making them feel not as important. She also explains an encounter she had with a mother who had to give up her career for her husbands. The mother said “‘My husband understood my stress level, but his answer was, ‘Then you leave for work.’ It was my problem’”(42). The husband pushes his wives
In "A Vindication of the Rights of Women" Mary Wollstonecraft, argues how women of her time are constrained in their rights of what they are and are not allowed to do. She believes that women should be treated the same as men, except for taking care of the children and motherhood. Furthermore, she wants women to be able to participate in politics and financially be able to take care of themselves and this would create a more loving and understanding mother, wife, and overall person (626-628). This claim during her time is extremely radical, but today it would be a normal claim. She proposes that women have put themselves in this situation themselves and to prevent this from happening women need to sustain themselves and not allow men to make all the decisions and do all the work.
She provides details and logic that back up her statements. She gives relatable examples and alarming possible outcomes. One of Wollstonecraft’s point is that, women are dependent on men because of the way society views marriage. Women from before based their survival on the approval on men, instead of furthering on their educational needs (Poonacha 427). Wollstonecraft, in order to convince her readers for change, gather up what women lack and blames it all back to their lack of education, thus proving her point more.
While Dewey Dell and Cora follow societal standards since Dewey Dell allows men to control her and Cora takes on her assumed role as caretaker of her husband and children; Addie Bundren defies patriarchal ideals by maintaining her own desires and confirming that motherhood and wifehood are not fulfilling. Truly, female attitudes towards the principles of a male dominating society differ within As I Lay Dying, which demonstrates how although manipulation can be employed to restrict the freedoms of people within cultures, there will always be admirable people who defy societal
Instrumentality is another feminist objectification Symkyn’s wife is expose to in the tale. Even though Symkyn’s behavior towards his wife is far from loving and caring, he ensures that she is to be respected and treated as a lady of nobility. If the townspeople do not adhere to his request there will be in the form of his wrath, “Ther dorste no wight clepen hire but ‘dame’; / … / That with hire dorste rage or ones pleye, / But if he wolde be slayn of Symkyn” (Chaucer 3956-3959). The reason Symkeyn threatens physical harm is because he is more concerned about protecting the image he has created, one of higher value. He does not care about his wife’s feelings and expects nothing but the best for himself.
She uses the foil to explore how Irene and Clare experience womanhood differently and connects it to the expectations of women in the 1920s. She mainly uses motherhood and marriage to exhibit these differences in their lives based on off race. She uses motherhood to show how Clare hates being a mother because of her fear of her husband finding out she’s black through her daughter’s skin tone. Irene appreciates being a mother even though she sacrifices her own desires for it; she understands the huge responsibility that comes with being a mother and embraces it. Marriage is used to portray Clare’s fear of her husband, and it shows Irene’s insecurity in her marriage when she suspects Clare and Brian are having an affair, yet her faith in her husband when she blames herself.
The Declaration of Sentiments does the exact same thing, only instead of the problems bing taxation without representation and the quartering acts, the issues were freedoms to vote, have property and own oneself apart from a spouse, followed by the promise to take action against the injustice. The whole document is a testament to the political injustuces raged by men against the women of the United States. All in all, Judy Blake’s I Want a Wife and Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s The Declaration of Sentiments are similar and share similar end goals: equality and justice for women, however, the platforms
Even when women were successfully pursuing these careers, they were removed from work and intensely discriminated against. This act gave women the only choice of staying home and taking care of the kids and the household. This post WWII effect caused a harsh barrier between genders and what their roles in society “should” be. Men played the more dominant roles in society. In the family aspect, they were known as the suppliers of the family, expecting to come home from work with a home
Her thoughts take precedence over images, Instead of being given lovely images of her children, the reader is left to imagine the fleeting moments of mother-child interaction. Unlike with the idealized relationships of Madame Ratignolle, much of Edna’s raising of her children is out of necessity and they are simply a force that keeps Edna from having her own individuality. In the society represented in The Awakening, it is clear that mothers who err from the patterns of married female behavior are frowned upon by their husbands. Chopin also makes it clear that the husbands in the book, especially Edna’s husband Leonce, feel that it is necessary to intervene in their wives lives, in order to make judgments of their profession as a mother and wife. In her husband’s relationship with Edna there is no question of his devotion to her, but the reader cannot ignore the issue of economics that continually comes up anytime he finds himself dissatisfied with his wife.
Mallard is described as having wrinkles that “bespoke repression” to show that her voice and free will has been repressed in marriage. When Chopin wrote The Story of an Hour females had few career opportunities, and lacked the ability to vote, so Mrs. Mallard is used as an archetype of the voiceless women in marriage and society. The argument put forward shows that it is wrong that females must be without the “possession of self assertion” in marriage and life instead they should be on equal footing with males. Chopin uses the setting in the Story of an Hour to further display the power dynamics because the housewife is merely a guest in her husband’s
Suffrage was a key point for women during that time frame,whereas the gentlemen endure the daily charge of the family’s well-being by maintaining the order. Women,thereof did not have a saying in what was going on. In addition, women would deemed less important, on the account of women were to be prepared on how to follow orders without hesitation or the women had a fear of unhappy divorce. Most womankind, attempt to formed the suffrage unbearable in reason they were doing what was needed for their family. Majority of women, this fight was exhausting due to bearing the choice of doing something important or shows/tells the determination of going to argue against being classified by gentlemen.
Furthermore, women of that era did not have voice of their own. They were made to believe that their role in the society was to serve their husbands. In the stories, The Storm and The Story of an Hour, Chopin portrays how this restrictive perspective of women affected them and their views about life and marriage. The settings of the two stories are drastically