Hawthorne has presented many female characters who have been brought to submission by men or are destroyed by male power (Eaton). Georgiana says, “‘I submit...I shall quaff whatever draught you bring me…” (Hawthorne 8). She is obviously not a rebel and instead a good wife from Hawthorne’s time. Georgiana does not have much of a choice when Aylmer wants to remove her birthmark. She was literally destroyed by the hands of her husband.
She had to wait for someone to marry her to have a new ruler. Jocasta wasn 't allowed to rule because she was a women and men thought she needed a husband to guide her. From reading Oedipus Rex, Jocasta would have been qualified to rule because she is smart and cares about the people. Back in the 1700’s when Candide took place, women were still treated unequally by men as well. An example of this is when the Baron would not allow Cunégondé to marry Candide.
She thought to herself “ there would be no one to live for during those coming years; she would live for herself” (Chopin). We can tell that she is happy about the situation because “she had been freed from a constricting marriage” in which she followed who and what her husband allowed her to do (Foote 85). Louise would be described as a modern woman in an olden age. Louise “was among that kind of women who were different from the traditional ones,” she wanted to be equal like man (Wan 167). In “The Story of an Hour” we are reminded that “women should attach themselves to their husbands,” in this case Louise did not do this with her husband ( Wan 167).
Patriarchal societies have existed as long as there have been humans. From the beginning when men would hunt and women would gather, to the present day wage gap, men’s demonstration of superiority is evident throughout history. Women, historically, serve as accessories to men, seen not heard. However, some brave women question their role in society. Edna Pontellier, in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, conforms outwardly to the societal role of women existing only as mothers and wives but questions inwardly through exploration of her individuality and sexuality, as demonstrated through her relationships with her husband Leonce Pontellier and Robert Lebrun, yet her realization that her growth will not be accepted by others ultimately causes her death.
However, Mrs. Mallard’s reaction to her husband’s death represents how marriage’s in the nineteenth century where because back then women were dependent of their husbands, so they were not given much freedom and they were oppressed by men especially, in marriages. Kate Chopin published “The Story of an Hour” in 1894. The nineteenth century was a time where a woman, in her opinion, could have a loving husband but as wonderful as he could be the wife would have the least amount of freedom in the relationship. The role women would have
In conclusion even though Brett does represent the shift in gender roles post war she only scrapes the surface of the huge changes taking place due to her shallow life and the way ladies of upper class had different obligations and lifestyles of the working class. Brett is still contained within a male driven world and this leads her to be dependent on men in way many women were shifting away from by getting jobs and advocating their rights. She does avidly demonstrate the social freedoms that women were now able to enjoy but the real major changes are never shown through her character. So while Brett may be a idol of the views of marriage for women and the new night life of women she is not a good representation of the changing
Berry claimed that the feminists do not see marriage as a state of mutual help. For this point, he explained how the feminists are focused on liberating themselves from the man. They want to leave the household and pursue their own career, even if it would be more beneficial to the family and themselves to work at home. To the feminist, the idea of working at home sounds like the women is being forced by her husband to work there instead of pursuing her own goals and dreams. I agree with Berry that sometimes the women, and even the man, may prefer to be home and focus on helping out the man and the marriage in any way possible.
If a husband neglects or abuses his wife, there is no mention of killing him; the only consequence for abusing his spouse is that she is allowed to divorce him and get her dowry back. I can imagine that these laws were abused often. If a woman wished to leave her husband, he could falsify proof and claim that she was not careful with her house and that she neglected him and therefore cause her to be killed. Women were valued higher than slaves, as seen in law 209 and law 213, but they were still treated as property and considered inferior to
For many years people didn’t look at men and women as equals. In earlier centuries men were looked at as people who should make more and be able to do more just because they were stronger and basically because they are men. At one point of time women weren’t even allowed to vote, they had to stay home, clean, cook and take care of their children and husbands. Men felt as though women didn’t have any other reason to be in the world. Not until 1892 women started sticking up for themselves with the help of Susan B. Anthony who started the women’s suffrage movement, who helped women fight for their rights and show that women can do anything that they put their minds to.
The joyous behavior and the use of the term “free”, shows a woman who felt captive in the role of wife. Although the way she was acting was not considered proper, and was not the behavior expected from the newly, grieving widow. She stated, “I will live for myself,” which leads us to believe that until then she lived for her husband (Chopin 2). The “Story of an Hour” depicts the role of a woman as a servant to their husband. As if, they only lived, breathed, and functioned because of their husbands and their role as a wife.