In Jane Smiley’s A Thousand Acres, Rose possesses a hatred of anyone or anything remotely related to anything about Larry Cook. Smiley uses details and syntax to show the stubbornly resentful tone Rose has towards her father. An evident series of examples showing Rose’s tone towards her father comes after he has his accident, the first being the details with Rose’s opening question. Done watching her father meander to the barn, Rose enters the house while “[Ginny] was wiping the range with the dishrag. The screen door slapped, and Rose said, ‘He’s okay, then?’”
She continuously always reminded the other girls that they cannot do anything to over power him, and they have to follow his rules and expectations. I think one of the reasons why she felt this way is that he brainwashed her into thinking how he does. Rose has been in the cellar the longest, and she knows Clover the most out of all of them. Also, before Rose got put into the cellar, she had nothing. She didn’t lose anything but her freedom, and she probably thought that living in a warm house with food was better than having nothing outside.
And that’s final” (112). Rose is relentless in pursuing what she wants and is resilient against her adversaries, including her mother.
Rose was a wealthy woman aboard the Titanic’s maiden voyage, who was controlled by her unpleasant fiance. As most women were in this era, Rose was restricted by the men in her life and hadn’t felt true happiness, until she met Jack Dawson on the ship. Jack was an outgoing character that saw Rose as the most beautiful woman. After saving her life from suicide, they fell instantly in love with each other. In the short time they spent together, they both knew they found their soulmate.
Throughout history, men have always dominated. They never let a woman rise to power or have the same rights. This sexism has been ingrained in society for thousands of years, so much so that it has defined some of the most famous works of literature, including A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This play was written during the Elizabethan Era, an era in which a woman had all the power imaginable (Queen Elizabeth), and yet, women were still severely discriminated against. Women had no say whatsoever in their society; they were not allowed to vote and they had very few legal rights (Papp, Joseph, Kirkland). They were could not enter the professions (lawyer, priest, doctor, etc.) and they by law, needed the permission of a husband, father, or any male-head
Women who are also known to have slept with other men are dishonored. Also as the girls get older the author shows them independent and successful, even with a man. Which shows that the Garcia girls aren’t just some ordinary family. The feud between men and women has being going on for hundreds of years with not one that is completely better than the other.
Ancient Greek sexuality and gender roles and their place in society were very different from what is considered the societal norm today. Society, law and democracy focused on the adult male citizen [Source 9], with mainstream sexuality being defined as his active pursuit of a partner of lower social status than himself who was expected to be passive in both the courtship and the sex act itself [Source 2][Source 6][Source 10]. This partner could be a woman, an adolescent boy, or slaves of either gender.
Rose relates to the theme because she befriends Melody when no one else at school does. She is not afraid what others will think of her. Rose stood up for Melody when other kids were making fun of her, “She’s smart” (Draper 195). Rose realizes that Melody is smart and deserve to be acknowledged for that. She discovers that even though Melody may look different physically, mentally she is just like all the other kids, maybe even a little smarter.
In “A Rose for Emily,” the protagonist, Emily displays the obsession through her isolation. Equally important, the theme of obsession works as a preeminent role through the protagonist. Emily was never allowed to be autonomous growing up, and she goes beyond the lines on maintaining a strong intimacy through her isolating lifestyle. In essence, Emily develops a mental illness from severe isolation due to the actions of her father.
After Ted visits the house in order to collect the divorce papers, Rose finds out about his new lover and she feels completely devastated. This new emotion leads something to click inside her head and, as she described, “And then for the first time in months, after being in limbo all that time, everything stopped” (Tan, pg. 194). Something inside Rose changes and she finally allows herself to challenge her husband. Rose realizes that she wasn’t actually seeing things for what they were and was allowing her ex-husband to continue controlling her, seeing as though she was going to simply accept the money and sign the papers. The shock of the affair is so big that Rose begins to see and decides to stand her ground and fight for what she wants in the
Shakespeare's Othello is set during the Renaissance period and therefore the roles of the women in Othello are supposedly bounded by the period when women are considered to be of low intellect. In Othello, most male characters assume that women are inherently promiscuous, which explains why all three women characters in the play are accused of sexual infidelity. Yet Shakespeare develops the women to speak the most sense throughout the play and able to trust other characters in the play. To the men in Othello, female sexuality is a threatening force more than it is an attractive one.
Pilar views her absence from Cuba from a place of psychological trauma, viewing her exiled state in the same way as her destiny: uncontrollable, regardless of her misunderstanding of the political turmoil and consequences associated with Cuba (Garcia 199). Because of this, Cuba’s absence—which is felt strongly by Pilar—becomes a source of paralysis for her; she is unable to form a stable, American identity, hyperaware of her liminality between being Cuban or American. This also causes estrangement within Pilar’s family, especially in consideration of her relationship with her mother. In fact, Pilar, in a state of confusion and desperation, remarks at one point in the novel, “I wonder how Mom could be Abuela Celia’s daughter. And what I’m doing as my mother’s daughter.