In “The Rocking Horse Winner” by D.H Lawrence, the theme is greed and bad parenting. Instead of being affectionate and having a positive attitude, Paul’s mother is worried about money and expensive materials. His message is that parents should not be concerned with materialistic things and he shows that a toxic mother is just as damaging as an absent father. The author develops this theme through conflict, irony, and symbolism. “The Rocking Horse Winner” is about the desperate measures Paul takes to win his mother’s love and attention.
In Shakespeare’s time women were looked upon as servants, their only job was to please their husband, as their husband was the superior one of the household. Likewise, that social construct led Shakespeare to having that construct bleed over into his play, The Taming of the Shrew, where Katherine and Petruchio represent the classic patriarchal household. This speech from Katherina at the end ties in all the things that Petruchio did to her throughout the earlier acts and what it did to her characteristics as whole. She talks about the submission of women to the stronger and superior men. This section of the speech begins on line 155, where Katherine enters her line about the role the husband has in a women’s life.
Works by Dr. Samuel Jennings show the extent to which the rights of women were restricted in American society. In “The Married Lady’s Companion”, Jennings speaks directly to the wife and informs her of how she must behave around her husband. His suggestions range from “…you ought to cultivate a cheerful and happy submission…” to “As you regard your own bliss, speedily check all thoughts of this kind… If indulged, they will have bainful effect upon your temper,” (Jennings). The first suggests that women must accept their subservience to men, and the second furthers this claim by informing women that their pursuit of happiness would only worsen their attitude. Jennings goes on to say that this attitude would cause husbands to be driven away from their wives, which only supports the idea that women were there to serve their husbands.
A conservative analysis of Hester Prynne’s feminist ideals appear in writer’s critique of her independence, her rebellion, and her personal interactions. Hester displays her independence in her sexual expression, self-reliance, and parenting. To further assert her feminist ideals, Hester gains independence through her sexual expressions. Since Hester’s husband did not take care of her sexual needs, she provides for them through her adultery. Hester feels that her sin comes from the “original sexual incompatibility” between a husband and wife.
Torvald believes that a woman’s purpose for living is to serve her husband and children rather than be her own person. Her life has thus been revolved around men, adapting to the “needs” of men, being conditioned by her father and then her husband. He is most shocked that she would put herself above her family, a societal standard that woman must sacrifice themselves for others: “It’s shocking. This is how you would neglect your most sacred duties… your duties to your husband and children” (68). A Doll’s House is a scathing criticism of the roles women are expected to play as the submissive spouse, inferior sex, and a conformist.
[who] can’t go against his word” (294).This is conflated with the episode in which Mr. Jones, troubled by his grief on not having a son and his wife’s coldness towards him, comes looking for the prostitute at the inn. He discovers Mary to be the whore but that does not stop him from having sex with her. The superficiality and duplicity of the marriage institution is thus exposed as wives are regulated to be monogamous, whereas husbands are free to seek pleasure and comfort elsewhere. The challenge to this prejudice was clearly enunciated in the feminist stance of Mary Astell given in A Serious Proposal to Women (1668), which seeks to subvert the patriarchal institution of marriage that entraps women and the struggles and triumphs of such a stance is manifestly represented Donoghue’s characterisation of
If a husband neglects or abuses his wife, there is no mention of killing him; the only consequence for abusing his spouse is that she is allowed to divorce him and get her dowry back. I can imagine that these laws were abused often. If a woman wished to leave her husband, he could falsify proof and claim that she was not careful with her house and that she neglected him and therefore cause her to be killed. Women were valued higher than slaves, as seen in law 209 and law 213, but they were still treated as property and considered inferior to
A woman’s holy marriage represented her family’s honor, and so her “purity” was a highly valued commodity. This is a statement of value that spread as a societal way to further oppress women. It was and to some degree still is believed by men and women. They are the prisoners, and they saw “…only their own shadows, or the shadows of one another, which the fire throws on the opposite wall of the cave…” Because men were in power
In a place where equality doesn’t exist, women become objects that men trade around for their own benefit. Women are valued according to the wealth they inherit from their “ previous owners,” their fathers. They are disrespected and treated mercilessly, with their beauty and their personality simply being the auxiliaries that profit their owners. In the play, The Taming of the Shrew, marriages are arranged like trading possessions, where women are married off with no rights and are supposed to remain loyal to their owners. Unfortunately, due to the discrimination against women, they are forced to become men’s property.
Just because we are taught jobs have a set gender. That if a woman actually enjoys something only boys are supposed to like, then they are “fake” and “doing it for attention.” For women who actually achieve what they want in life, they are accused of “being selfish” Wow, I wonder who she slept with? Does she even love her family? She must be a secretary for the boss.While she could be the co- owner of the company, she is still looked down on, like she hasn’t earned it. Women are expected to make life choices such as choosing the right partner, get married or not, have children or not.