Women in the middle ages tend to be push aside as the Chaucer displayed in “The Knight’s Tale” and “The Wife of Bath’s Tale”. In the medieval system, people believed that women are to be educated by their husbands, that women are vicious, and therefore they believe men were always right. Women’s position in society was determined by the unfavorable attitudes of leaders. Women also was to seem to be following the Mother of Christ example to preserve their virginity. When the Wife of Bath was created there was no awareness of feminine desire for equality.
Edna is the main character in the novel who sacrifices herself in the biggest way possible. She realizes that she cannot face the terms of motherhood and the forced marriage to Leonce Pontellier. Edna wants to be the independent women that she isn’t allowed to be, which the meaning of The Awakening is that people cannot be forced to be in a relationship with a person they don’t truly love. Towards the end of the book after Robert leaves her and as she thinks about her life and the events that have happened that she regretted.
People in many similar circumstances may react similar or differently to the way they deal with the situation. The wife from A.M. Homes short story “Do Not Disturb” wants to have a baby, but cant because of her situation and her husband just wants her to live. Yerma from Lorca’s drama “Yerma” wants to have a child, but her husband does not want to have any. Both stories are based o the fact that the women want to have children, but their husbands seem to be against their faith and decisions. While the Wife wants to die because she feels empty, Yerma takes things too far and leads to the death of her husband.
In the “The Yellow Wallpaper” Gilman shows the wife’s craziness to question the medical and doctors way to treat the women at that time. I don’t think the husbands or doctors at the time had any bad interests of their wife’s or women, it was the role of the men played as the dominant-superior. Women were not allowed to write because the society thought that it would create an identity for women which men wouldn’t stand for. In the story john wasn’t cruel to his wife on purpose. He actually was concerned about his wife’s condition.
Nanny merely wanted Janie to be in a safe relationship, and therefore, she arranged the marriage with him. Protective love is exhibited by Nanny as she is a caring grandmother and wants Janie to be financially stable and safe. However, the relationship with Logan does not satisfy Janie’s desire for true, unconditional love. A great deal of independence is portrayed by Janie when she decides to leave her marriage with Logan in favor of Joe Starks. Janie begins to make her own decisions and this character trait is established throughout the
Janie learned the hard way that you actually have to love someone for your marriage to go anywhere and last long. Her first run through was with Logan. Janie only married him because of her grandma and for “protection”. We know this because Nanny tells Janie “‘Tain’t Logan Killicks Ah wants you to have, baby, it’s protection.
The Janie cannot desire love for marriage because of her grandmother’s obtrusion. The grandmother force that the love is not an essential thing for love, “‘[you] come head wid yo’ mouf full uh foolishness on uh busy day. Heah you got uh prop
For many years, the suffrage of women was debated, as equality seemed far from the minds of men. Women were trained to believe their place was in the home caring for the children, cooking, cleaning and guiding. In Rev. John Todd D.D.’s, paper , Women’s Rights, the only area Dr. Todd allows a woman to have rights is within marriage, and only in the caring of the home and children along with helping to control the character of her husband. This concept alone is flawed as Gail Hamilton points out in her paper, Women’s Wrongs, which debates Dr. Todd’s writings. Hamilton finds his many errors in his thought process of separate spheres.
But they committed to the same boring life and would live it until the day they die. Nothing would change in the town if they stayed, but the characters couldn’t leave because they committed to a life and had families. Cather shows this struggle in My Antonia as well when Antonia had to settle for a man she did not love because it was seen as reckless to not marry in Nebraska during that time. Cather relates the two books by implementing the common theme of the boring everyday ritual.
The women could not choose their spouse like the Persian, instead their father would arrange a marriage for them and the mother had no say in it. The women were to be submissive to the males which follows filial piety that a women should obey her husband. Unlike Persia, it was very uncommon and difficult for a woman to divorce her husband while the husband was able for a number of reasons. With the exception that if the husband died, a widow could choose to remarry and to whom. Furthermore, women were expected to give birth, especially sons, who would be able to carry on the family name.
The first or major event that jumpstarted Janie’s life was perhaps when Nanny convinced Janie that she should marry Logan, which wasn’t all for the right reasons. Nanny wanted her to marry him because he had money and he could provide for her and keep her financially stable. Their relationship was brittle and dry. Logan just expected her to clean up, make the food and basically be a house slave. There was no love in that relationship and it was mentally draining Janie.
My grandmother admits that she was able to maintain her life with her child and provide for the both of them, but one thing she couldn’t do was maintain just one man. In complete honesty, she stated that one man was never good enough she always needed two, one of them to compensate for whatever the other one lacked. After a couple of years she became pregnant again, but did not have the child because she feared that she didn’t know who the father of that baby would be. After a large amount of thinking and crying, she prayed to god that if he would allow her to have another child, she would go throw with the birth, and it would be her last child. God saw fit that my grandmother gave birth to a healthy young girl, she now has two daughters who are three years apart.
In this story “Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Zora Neale Hurston I think this story is not a feminist novel. The females/ Women doesn 't have a say so of what they do. The men don 't treat the women with respect but see them as a object to get. Joe does not treat janie right.
One of the ways a misogynistic culture suppresses the woman is to question her role as wife and mother. Literature, in particular, feeds this culture in regards to how an author portrays the mother in the context of their relationship with their children. In particular, the relationship between the mother and daughter. In The Reproduction of Mothering, Nancy Chodorow explains the difference between “mothering” and “fathering” from the viewpoint of a feminist in 1978. She states while the female adult would be “mothering” a child, a mother would never be accused of “fathering” a child because it is not a nurturing role.