The narrator stands out because she is not model beautiful, but she is smart and sees herself in a different way that is what makes her a phenomenal woman. In stanza one, she talks about how beautiful woman get confused when she tells them why she is beautiful, her beauty does not come from appearance but from within herself. Throughout the poem, she uses descriptive
This reflects that the woman’s reputation is much more important than a man’s reputation in Victorian England. Like in the other novel “Tess of the d’Urbervilles”, the reputation of a woman is easily tainted and cannot be hidden; women cannot start their life over as if nothing has happened. Henchard is worried about Lucetta more than he is worried about himself. In addition, Lucetta seems as a romantic person that gets excited about the prospects of love without thinking about the relationship itself. When Lucetta waits to meet Henchard and ran into Farfrae, she quickly agrees to start a love relationship with Farfrae despite that she did not really know him.
She feels that they are full of a kind of potential to be honest and good human beings, however a majority of them seem to belittle women and not show any great character. But men, in her opinion, can also be sensitive and poetic, as she portrays Anne’s love interest Captain Wentworth. Jane Austen’s social mirror reflects her very broken, unfair, Victorian society in an accurate and entertaining way. Her literary catalog is filled with commentary and wit regarding gender inequality, and she did not hesitate to inject her works with her own personal beliefs and thoughts. Austen was a brave individual for putting such hefty arguments into her works, and was a unique author in the ways she could encapsulate her society in such a realistic manner.
Newland Archer, the novel’s protagonist, ends up loving the woman who breaks social norms while losing his love for May who has grown into the shape “into which tradition and training had moulded her”. The leisure-class is put under the magnifying glass by Wharton and she discusses the virtues and vices of each. Most notably, the flaws of their social norms that constricted Archer from showing his love towards Ellen are emphasised as he instead settles for May. Wharton provokes pity from the reader regarding the fact that Archer did not end up with his real love due to these constraints. Once meeting with a different set of norms and not being mechanically implied to fall in love, Archer finds his love in another person who does not follow the norms and is more free as a
Another example of the stereotypical nature that Victorian men and society ascribed to women is that they believed that a woman’s career would be to please a man. They saw women as merely sex objects who exist to give men pleasure and satisfaction. Only women were seen to have physical beauty and regarded as emotional beings unfit for education and higher pursuits. Bathsheba breaks these stereotypes. She is aware of her pretty face, but her beauty allows her to prove to her society that she is more than a stay-at-home woman.
Infatuation is seen between Bingley and Jane. Bingley brings up her beauty many times but does not know much about her. These intense feelings for her beauty are the only feelings he shows in the novel. In addition, Jane is overwhelmed with his good looks and wealth. Love at first sight does not mean happiness or trust and may lead to a hole in many of the important parts of a relationship, for example confidence.
When Maupassant conveys Madame Loisel’s dream he said “She dreamed of great drawing rooms dressed with old silk” The premodifier “great” once again refers to the theme greed which is shown throughout the story. Although she is living in a steady life, Madame Loisel always desires for better. Maupassant can be seen as a misogynist here as Madame Loisel is portrayed as a greedy lady who does not know how to cherish what she currently has. She continues to complain on her plain and ordinary lifestyle even though there are many more underprivileged people living in the
Mrs Bennet gives the appearance of being a kind-hearted woman who cares for her daughter’s well-being and future. She described this wish as her business in life. Mr Bennet seems like a much simpler man. He gives the appearance of being more reluctant than Mrs Bennet when it comes to the marriage of their daughters. He cares little about the arrival of the rich Mr Bingley and it takes some convincing on Mrs Bennet’s part to make him pay the newcomer
Jane Austen’s Emma opens with a straightforward, strong statement “Emma Woodhouse, handsome, clever, and rich” ; although a bit unusual and slightly vain, Austen has brought Emma as an emasculated heroine making her a suited character to a patriarchal society. On the other hand the thoughtful head of William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and his hatred of women shown by occasional exclaims and verbally aggressive behavior “Frailty, thy name is woman!” represent women as being worthy only of their beauty, purity and fragility, and as so can be very easily manipulated and subdued. Never could he forgive his mother for submitting to her desires as he could not perceive her of having them to begin with, but instead of being submitted into having them as
These three young bright students from Stephan’s are friends with bitter taste in their relationships, as Vikram loves Geeta but Geeta loves Siddharth and Siddharth loves his revolution more than Geeta. Siddharth is quite focus on his choice of path that he chooses for himself, thus making Geeta vulnerable. Here we see, that in Geeta and Siddharth’s relationship, Geeta faces hardship as a woman, first of all there is no assurance/commitment from Siddharth for the future of their relationship and secondly, the gender ideology is not balanced as women’s perspective is ignored and undermined at different stages of their relationship. Geeta in the meanwhile leaves for Oxford to get a degree and Vikram sets up an office in