During the late nineteenth century, the time of the protagonist Edna Pontellier, a woman’s place in history was mostly confined to her children and her husband, with there being little of herself to enjoy. Kate Chopin’s novel, The Awakening, embodies the triumphs and frustrations in a woman’s life as she struggles with handling strict societal demands. Defying the roles of a typical “mother-woman,” Edna battles with the pressures of her time that demand she be a devoted and controlled housewife. One of the first overtly feminist novels, The Awakening criticizes gender and social roles in ways that have now heavily influenced what we call feminism. One of the first ways that Chopin battles the nineteenth century Victorian era is with
Television shows such as: Leave it to Beaver, Father Knows Best, and The Honeymooners, depicted the 1950's housewife as living in a domestic picture of bliss, replete with kitten heels, set hair and a frilly apron. Housewives in the media were seen content and satisfied with doing house chores and obeying their husbands, however, one housewife in particular was not- Lucy Ricardo. Lucy, from the hit show I Love Lucy, has singular similarities and numerous differences to other tv housewives. Although she was not the role model 1950’s housewives were striving to be, the show was a success due to its uniqueness plot line and Lucy’s feminist strain. The stereotypical housewife portrayed in the media such as June Cleaver in Leave it to Beaver, displayed
Felicia, Mrs. Shelby was a strong and intelligent character in "Uncle Tom's Cabin" she does rules her household based off her beliefs and morals and the book shows her husband accepting her rule. Because the cultural mindset at the time was that women were only capable of raising children and running the household. They were considered inferior to men and not as intelligent. You notice this when Mrs. asks to help her husband with the plantation finances and he replies, "O, ridiculous, Emily! You are the finest woman in Kentucky; but still you haven't to know that you don't understand business; -- women never do, and never can... You don't know anything about business, I tell you"(Stowe, 372).
In Puritan society, women’s legal rights were limited (Deering). Women were banned from the ballot box, prohibited from owning land, and restricted from suing in a court of law (Deering). In today’s society, women are granted full legal rights. Women can vote, sue, own land, and participate fully in the political lives of the country. Furthermore, Puritan women were expected to be “one with their husband”, meaning that the husband could control their wife by dictating her decisions (Deering).
In the Victorian era, gender inequality was daily life. Men were most often the dominant power in a relationship whereas women were expected to be pure and innocent. In an era of arranged marriages, women belonged to their husbands and were attached to their households. However, Wilde has questioned these gender roles and created rather independent and powerful female characters in the play. Though Lady Bracknell and Jack have to give their consent as an approval of marriage to their wards, Gwendolen and Cecily, women show dominance over men in each relationship.
That is there life now, they can’t speak out, cant have their own opinion, with no way out of this, your thoughts are your only safe place. Without equal rights or ownership of anything all of a sudden, ever women can think, they aren't good enough or what did i do wrong. Even the wife’s, who can say anything, may feel threatened and feel not good enough for the husband because they have to bring another woman into their home so the husbands can have intercourse with them, so they can have a child that she can’t provide for him. Offred ends up getting caught as unwoman because she married a caregiver. You are not aloud to be unwoman, they hang her wife and make surgical adjustments to Offred, she can still have kids tho.
I also dislike that throughout the entire text it seems that the men believe Ischomachos’s wife is a person of low intelligence and is incapable of many things. To what extent are these ideas limited to the time and place in which this document was created and to what extent do they have broader relevance to “the human condition”? These ideas were limited to classical Athens because over time all women were allowed to work, no matter if they were wealthy or not. They also relate to “the human condition” because during colonial time through the early 1900s women were expected to take care of both the children and the house while the husband was at work. What connections (comparison and contrasts) can you draw between this document and at least one other document we have considered in this course?
An unmarried woman was allowed her own property and businesses but if she was to ever marry, then the husband would assume ownership of it all. Women during this time were told to remain silent, to be seen but not heard. Women were often controlled by their fathers, brothers
For example (page one) “No sooner were the ceremonies of the wedding over but the stepmother began to show herself in her true colors” After her father passed away, it allowed her stepmother to be in control of the family. In my opinion if Cinderella’s father did not pass away there would’ve been little to no disrespect towards Cinderella, Her father wanted the best for her. Another example of how her situation is forced to mistreat her (page 1) “poor girl bore it all patiently, and dared not tell her father, who would have scolded her; for his wife governed him entirely. while the way this paragraph is not considered “traditional” I personally believe the situation she was faced to live with after her father passed away is considered her being mistreated by
Kate Chopin is a feminist author who lived from 1850 to 1904, but she did not start her career until the death of her husband. Kate Chopin pieces of work focused on the females going against societal norms and taking charge of their own life. The Story of an Hour explores the thought process of a newly widowed wife as she begins to understand the full consequences of her husband's death, which means a new found freedom, but she has it taken away in the end. The Story of an Hour is a feminist response to the confines of marriage because it challenges the unequal power relations between husband and wife. I will be discussing the concepts of identity, free will, and material possession that appear in the Story of an Hour.