The Wife of Bath’s behaviors are questionable but are inherently aided by the social injustices that face women of this time period. The Wife of Bath discloses that for her first three marriages she sought out older wealthy men for sex and money. Her intentions included making her husbands fall in love with her and then making them have enormous amounts of sex until they die. In addition, the wife elaborates on her occasional tumultuous tirades of accusing her husbands of being unfaithful to her. Her uproars chided her husbands into persistently obliging into her every request.
In the poem “The Wife's Lament”, by Leofric, he depicts women in the medieval era as meaningless, and unimportant people. However, this all changes by Shakespeare's powerful female characters; Desdemona, in the play “Othello” and Cleopatra in his play “Antony and Cleopatra”. The roles of women have changed from the medieval era from the fifth to fifteenth centuries to the renaissance era which was from the fourteenth to seventeenth centuries. Most women in this era had arranged marriages and were forced to marry men that their family had picked out for them. If women chose to get married, the men would have the full rights to take over any property she owned, and she would have to forfeit and be subservient to their new spouse.
In Malory’s work, the subjection of women continues in marital relationships which he portrays as distant and false, occasionally loving. When the knights left in their quest to find the Holy Grail, the women cried, including Gwenhwyfar who “departed into her chamber and held her, so that no man should perceive her great sorrows” (Malory 851). Married women avoided crying even in front of their husbands, so as not to trouble them. This action demonstrates an emotional disconnect between spouses in medieval marriages as described in Le Morte d’Arthur. In addition to being somewhat distant, Gwenhwyfar and Arthur’s marriage causes great conflict.
Sanger was a feminist who believed women would never be equal to men until women were able to decide when they would become a mother. Because of her feminist views, she put a lot of blame on men in her essay for unwanted and failing pregnancies, arguing that women are enslaved by men's desires because the women are left on their own once they are pregnant and have a child. With pregnancy, Sanger argues that the women suffer more greatly than the men. Sanger says that, “In an ideal society, no doubt, birth control would become the concern of the man as well as the woman.” Throughout her entire essay she constantly portrays women as the victims, because their feminine spirits are “bondaged” by men’s desires.
In literature, women were portrayed unflatteringly: the unfaithful or deceptive wife, the bossy old woman, the gossip and the gold digger. There was a lot of emphasis put on urging women to be meek, obedient and respectful to their husbands. In real life, women were also often oppressed, in that men created all the laws, including ones that prohibited them from marrying without parents’ consent, from divorcing partners, from inheriting anything if any they had any surviving brothers and from running businesses. Women in medieval society were all but
Society makes life a competition for people especially for women, they never seem to be content with what they have. Most women want to live up to societies expectations, but lose themselves while trying to do so. In the 19th century many young French women were forced into marrying suitors that would not be their ideal person to marry, but they had to go on with the marriage. Many times people fall in love after marrying a person they were forced into marrying or rather they just accept it. In this case Madame Mathilde did not accept her marriage and her frustration of not having the luxurious life she keeps fantasizing about.
This paper aims at analysing Emma Donoghue’s Slammerkin, written in 2000 and set in mid-eighteenth century England, projects a girl who in no time is pushed into the category of a ‘fallen woman’ for violating the prescribed patriarchal norms and roles for women. Here the girl, Mary, is represented as a universal subject who lives in the wretched condition of most women of her rank and background in the eighteenth century, at the same time, her singular personality interrogates the anti-women stance of the Enlightenment as she emerges into her own in the same inimical historical time and place to reach beyond it to the current readership. The scope of reclamation is dealt to facilitate lost selfhood in general and of women victims in particular.
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.
In “The Yellow Wallpaper” the theme could be the questioning of the position of women within the institution of marriage, especially the subordination of women in marriage as the society then already held women in such tight social constructs. The narrator bound in this role of submissive is due to her husband and is her doctor gives him more power over to decide for her, having superior wisdom and maturity that leads him to misjudge, and even patronize, dominate his wife, all in the name of “helping” her. The narrator is reduced to acting like a cross, petulant child, unable to stand up for herself without seeming unreasonable or disloyal. Even if he loves towards her this power ultimately leads her to
She could invoke no law against him; he was her sole tribunal and law.” (1870). Women’s rights at the time were dismal, and as soon as she married a man, she had to completely surrender to his will. A woman would have to completely follow what she wanted of him, not anyone else. No wife could levy charges against her husband, unless there was truly grave abuse going on, according to Mills (1870).
Elie Wiesel shared his story in the book Night to describe the common themes that came along with the Holocaust. Themes such as loss, faith, and hope were all expressed throughout his novel, giving readers some sense of how life was in these horrid days. Wiesel uses these themes to send a message to those who did not live during this era of when evil had prevailed over six million jews and other outcasts Nazi Germany did not see fit, so this mistake would never take place in history again. A theme affecting all of the captured Jews was loss.
I grew up hearing the saying that a little girl could have an old soul, or that someone is well beyond their years. These sayings are popular to societies, because they try to explain why certain individuals differentiate from the acceptable norms in ways that may be more complicated than just personality traits. In The Awakening, Edna Pontellier is no exception. Her society’s expectations differ from who she is and how she is willing to act so that she would fit in. Chapter one of The Awakening begins the story with several examples of how Edna does not fit in with her society.