Janet on the other hand is described as entirely unlikable (TEXT), unable to command respect, and constantly belittled. Kate shows sympathy for Janet, but even when she defends her she sounds condescending. She speaks of “poor Janet” who wanted to be told she was a “good girl” and who cannot comprehend her own part in the women 's movement (181). After the humiliating announcement that no one at Harvard cared much for her academic work, that she was seen as a burden who
Many female critics have looked towards The Wife of Bath as a feminist role model (Reisman) She wanted authority over her five husbands, “She’d been respectable throughout her life, with five churched husbands bringing joy and strife, Not counting other company in her youth;” (Chaucer, l. 459-461) In Othello, the society centered around the men having all the control over women except in their beds, which was when the women could take control. Othello uses his power to over Desdemona to mock her,“Ay, you did wish that I would make her turn. Sir, she can turn, and turn, and get go on, And turn again. And she can weep, sir, weep. And she’s obedient.- Proceed you in your tears.- Concerning this sir- O, well-painted passion!
Hereby, through a series of experiences, also known as awakenings, she becomes an independent woman, defying the norms of society, by only being responsible of her own passion. Unfortunately, Edna’s awakenings isolate her from society, which eventually lead her to the path of solitude. As the ocean, lessons from mademoiselle Reisz and her realization of desires reach her; she is setting herself for free from society’s values. “I am no longer one of Mr. Pontellier 's possessions to dispose of or not. I give myself where I choose.
Austen 's Pride and Prejudice book shows the differences and similarities of the marriage relationships in the 18th century, through the marriage relationships of Charlotte, Lydia, Jane, and Elizabeth. Jane naturally found someone to marry, her attractive beauty and accessible joyful character helped her easily attract Bingley to her. Young Lydia married Wickham, but she did not know anything about marriage yet. Elizabeth fell in love with Darcy because she realized that he is a special person and that her assumption of him was totally incorrect. On the other hand, Charlotte married Mr. Collins for the reason that she wanted to be secure.
While her Greek and Roman counterparts are left to care for the homes, the Etruscan woman is allowed to join the men in whatever festivities. Ateneus, a known historian one noted how Etruscan women had been willing to recline in the banquet couch not only with their husbands but with other men. The Etruscan women are also fond of wearing jewels and heavy make-up, though this act can also be observed in men. It is the women of the society, however, who exquisitely and lavishly use make up and body ornaments. One later day archaeological excavation in the site of the Etruscan civilization revealed a tomb where a woman lay with her jewels, “around her neck was a torque and on her right arm two twisted bracelets; the one above the elbow is composed of two parallel rings, the one below, a spiral bracelet with S –shaped end” (Eldridge, 1918, 251)2.
Instead of addressing him as Hamlet or using an endearing term, she speaks to him as though she is of a lower class. Ophelia believes that she is not Hamlet’s or any man’s equal. Ophelia has never been treated as an independent individual. She is always following someone’s orders. Ophelia’s subservient nature causes her to suppress her feelings which eventually leads to her mental breakdown and death in Act IV.
What hope was there? She was old, old at twenty-seven, with no gleam and sparkle in the flesh. Old through neglect and denial Lawrence goes on to describe Connie ‘s disappointed state of nothingless in her life again and again. Connie feels her efforts to live a life has led to a grand total of nothing “The sense of deep physical injustice burned to her very soul”. Connie stubbornly
The narrator describes all the shades of character of Miss Emily. She had diverse characteristics. She is dear and inescapable as townspeople talked about her and wanted to know what she will do next. She is impervious and tranquil because she lived by herself in isolation thus she was away from material world. For example, she did not have to pay taxes or any bills.
In fact, even as she enters Stella and Stanley’s home, she expresses her disdain for how small and cramped it is. Then, disregarding the fact that she was not invited and is living completely off Stanley’s salary, Blanche insults him at every chance she has, calling him names like
Clarissa possessed no such worldly knowledge or edge, her only skill was to host parties and bring people together. The parties that Clarissa hosts is an intimate gesture and extension of herself seeking warmth and acceptance that are denied from Richard, Peter and Society. She finds herself constantly oscillating between Love and Desire and Freedom of Self. Her excessive need of warmth and connection is seen by Peter as overdoing and excessive; he looks through her soul and comments upon her hypocritical thoughts and desires of how if given to chance to marry a Prime-Minister, she would do so happily. Clarissa’s reaction to such comments by Peter mostly leaves her weeping and shaken, which is never the case with Richard Dalloway, her husband.