If they were given the same liberty, it would allow them to conceive positive ideas and thoughts that would benefit everybody. The thought that women should only be constrained to their domestic duties is degrading because for a person capable of the worship of God and the ability to ponder over religious ideas, they are not allowed to contemplate anything other than simple, menial tasks. She finishes by saying that the souls of women are equal to men even if they are not physically equal. However, just because men are physically superior does not mean that also translates to mental superiority. If anything, it shows that women were given the capacity of an intelligent mind to compensate this shortcoming.
For instance, many of the characters’ problems in the novel revolve around marriage, which is very important topic to the people who lived during the Regency Period. Unlike the aristocrats, marriage is not really racking the mind of a typical high school student in the twentieth century, but who dates who is— especially in terms of social position. Like Mr. Elton, Elton would never date a girl like Tai because she does not come from a wealthy background, and thus, is not on his level. Also, as Emma vows to preserve her independence by staying single, Cher declares to maintain her independence by staying a virgin. People who watch this movie now, especially teenagers, can find these dilemmas more relatable than reading about teenagers who struggle to find an idyllic
The value of a woman’s role in society was often measured by the purity of marriage in which one partook. “The myths locate fears about women’s roles in exchange within the context of marriage, or rather its failure, showing how deeply intertwined with anxiety about women’s fidelity.” (Lyons 109) In Greek Mythology, rules don’t always apply to the Gods and Goddesses and can avoid or intervene in the affairs of mortals. One mortal, Phaedra, received this divine interference, but the practice of Greek law, also, was not her favor.
From the beginning of the story to the end Nea is pigheaded and doesn’t think about the consequences of her actions. Nea misconceives Sourdi’s unavailability for being in danger and unhappiness in her marriage when in actuality she’s happy and expecting another child. Sourdi is a dynamic character because she shows growth throughout the story. Though subtle, Sourdi shows courage when she marries her much older husband not knowing what to expect, but hoping he can provide a more satisfying life. She becomes independent, no longer leaning on the support of her relatives and starts a family of her own.
It was somewhat shunned for a white lady to have such a close friendship with a maid but Skeeter had a mission and planned to write about her thoughts anyway she could. Skeeter grew up having a maid and the two were very close, but she still did not know what it was like to be a maid. Skeeter knew that writing the book and getting into such a close friendship with a maid would make her unpopular but she risked it all to speak her mind. The relationship between Abilene and Skeeter is far from normal but good.
“Their Eyes are Watching God” novel consisted of a woman that didn’t know love, it seemed to be very rare in her defense. She allowed people to influence her better judgement. She hoped and had faith that at some point the right time of love would come. When it all came down it to it she believed for better but in silence. This story blocked out feminism, it detailed into a world where women couldn’t compare to men.
She is not an emotionless being who wants to leave him, instead she feels obliged to do so because she does not want to become a mistress. Even though she has a harsh tone, there is a degree of sympathy in her assertion. She privately forgives Rochester and is tempted to stay, but ultimately sneaks away from Thornfield to start again. Brontë’s use of tone establishes Jane’s attitude and principle that men and women are equals, unlike what society had determined. At the end of the novel, Rochester
Although this seems like a simple story of good triumphing over evil, this work is a product of its time. For example, there are many elements of sexuality throughout the novel. Women were not expected to openly find a husband because it could suggest “a worrying sexual appetite” (Gender Roles, Marriage and Sexuality). In Victorian society there were very rigid expectations for women. There were only two sides to a woman either a pure unmarried virgin or a married woman and mother.
Sacrifices are the most revealing decisions made in life. Many times, people will not relinquish parts of their futures for moral betterment because they value empty personal gain over happiness. It takes a special person to make a sacrifice in hopes of achieving a more fulfilling life free of regret and dissatisfaction. In classic literature, female characters usually do not make impactful sacrifices for themselves, especially considering their limited rights to make choices during time periods set in the past. Displaying sacrifices for others to judge critically requires them to be more confident in their values than other characters are.
Lindo Jong develops as a person when she decides to use her wit to escape her unpleasant marriage. For a while, Lindo almost loses herself by merely accepting the patriarchal ideals pushed onto her because she does not want to disgrace her family (Tan 54). Lindo blindly obliges to her family and the Huang’s wishes by being an obedient wife, but that made the “Huangs almost [wash] their thinking into [her] skin” (56) thus making her think in a certain way that hinders her own opinions and voice. Losing oneself is equivalent to having no personality because personality requires having thoughts that are unique to the individual, and when their unique thoughts are manipulated by someone else, the individual loses their individuality.