Living in a society filled with standards, restrictions and ideals, yet we pertain this idea that our world is worthy. Worthy of the sacrifices women make. Worthy of the limits homosexuals follow. Worthy of the lives being controlled. Our world has experienced these perceptions through the past and the present, but will it advance through the future?
The patriarchal society, most of the time, is one of the important reasons behind turning the women bodies into objects with having control over their bodies. However, the most arguable question is: is there a way out? Can women survive these oppressions that resulted from objectifying heir bodies? In The Handmaid’s Tale, Mayday came to Offred’s rescue, but as what she said it is an vague way out: “whether this is my end or a new beginning I have no way of knowing: I have given myself over into the hands of strangers, because it can’t be helped.”
Hepzibah has had a limited amount of interaction in the world outside the house so this is a big step for her. The following excerpt from the book explains Hepzibah’s reaction to Clifford telling her they must leave: ” Hepzibah had reached this point. Unaccustomed to action or responsibility,--full of horror at what she had seen, and afraid to inquire, or almost to imagine, how it had come to pass,--affrighted at the fatality which seemed to pursue her brother,--stupefied by the dim, thick, stifling atmosphere of dread, which filled the house as with a death-smell, and obliterated all definiteness of thought,--she yielded without a question, and on the instant, to the will which Clifford expressed. ” (Hawthorne, chapter 16) Although she is overcome with fear and anxiety Hepzibah does leave the house with Clifford as she loves him and trusts his decision. In conclusion, there were many ways in which Hepzibah experienced significant life changes.
One of the representations for the play is Williams trying to reach a realization of his sister’s illness and “exorcise his guilt” over not being able to do anything to help her (viii). He tries to write the play to escape from this guilt, but ultimately nothing can cure him. Tom is symbolic of Williams in the play, as he also tries to escape from his family, and especially his feelings for his sister. He only escapes temporarily before he comes back to the dreadful household, for one cannot permanently find their way out of reality. Although Tom finds his way out of his life with Amanda and Laura, he found himself to be “more faithful than [he] intended to be,” not being able to leave Laura in his past (vii.
These however escalate when she links Alher’s comment on her not being able to bear children for him to her losing her youth. The deep phycology of her belief that her life has been wasted and she has lost time that she cannot regain. The break up starts a ripple effect of nostalgia, defeat, sadness and despair which leads to a deeper worry and realization of Milly. This is all due to this incident providing the first occasion of Milly having to face her true subconscious fears of not being youthful anymore and her life coming to an end. Due to the long term relationship she feels violated as she devoted do much of her time to this man.
How hard does a woman’s life have to be that she wouldn’t even want to look at her body. Not because she doesn’t like it, but because it makes her lose her identity and value because the environment in which she lives classified her as something she doesn’t want to be just because of her body. In the book “The Handmaid’s Tale” the author, Margaret Atwood portrays women in a futuristic society that in a way revolves around women. Not the feminist way that women would want however, but these women are told and obligated to be happy for what they have. The society the book is written in see women as property even though they have an important role in this book.
However, the society’s opinions of women was internalized by Myrtle due to growing up with such notions, and these views had shaped her own. Therefore, Myrtle believed that the work had to be done by a male in a time when women could not achieve anything substantial on their own. Furthermore, she felt pressured to find a man, as it was considered that a woman’s main achievement in life was to settle with the most prospective suitor. This lack of self-worth, influenced by the society, is what had led Myrtle to Wilson, a man who she believed “knew something about breeding, but he wasn't fit to lick [her] shoe". When Myrtle let Wilson achieve her goal on her behalf, she had lost control of her future.
(l.42) The husband decides everything for the protagonist and thinking it’s for her own good, but eventually his methods proves to worsen her illness, she can’t even write. She also has a brother, who is a doctor that doesn’t really help her on her sickness and just orders her to rest. The poor character has two family members that should be helping her, instead they are making her worse, even though that is not their intentions. In the story, she suffers from a mental breakdown after she obsesses over a wallpaper that consumes her every moment. She starts acting paranoid because of the things she is seeing in the yellow wallpaper.
Chauvinism and Feminism in Handmaid’s tale Introduction This paper explores the relations between women and men in a context of a dystopian society which is very well depicted by Attwood. Debates raised since society acquired language and nowadays is still a hot debate. Radical, feminists point men as the 'main enemy’ and they say that, patriarchy is considered as a form of domination imposed by men on women. Feminists are dealing with how to understand the relations between patriarchy and how to confront to oppose male chauvinism. “You can only be jealous of someone who has something you think you ought to have yourself.” ― Margaret Atwood’s saying at her official Facebook page.
With all the characters in “In The End of the Affair”, by Graham Greene, Sarah negatively affects all of the men she gets personal with, because of her conflict between love and commitment. In the case of Henry, Bentrix, and Mr. Smythe, Sarah emotionally hurts them all in a different way. The first of three would be Bentrix, who Sarah left in the middle of the night without explanation. After this night, their relationship would end and it would be two years before they formally saw each other again. In the end of their relationship, Bentrix is left feeling empty.