They argue that a major theme is that “[a]lthough it is a job that can never be done perfectly, motherhood is depicted as an empowering role” (Parini 200). Throughout the novel, we see Taylor and Lou Ann adjusting and learning how to parent a child by themselves. It is a struggle for them; however, they learn quickly and conquer their motherhood. While it is valid that some readers might think motherhood is a hard and empowering role, still my theme of men-less women being powerful remains central because the power of women has a lot to do with raising their children. For example, Taylor is talking to her mama via payphone and tells her some exciting news.
Furthermore, the narrator goes through a rough time during the story because her mother feels like she can be good at something and stick to it. The narrator thinks otherwise because of the fact that she wants to do something that is in her best interest. For instance, the narrator’s experiences as a child were difficult to deal with because of the suffering that the mother gave to her. The mother had authority over the narrator and forced her to involve in things that she did not want to do. An indication of the story is, “Only two kinds of daughters.
Prevalent concept in the novel is the concept of the “mother-woman”, which is something Edna Pontellier deeply struggles with. “I would give up the unessential; I would give my money, I would give my life for my children; but I wouldn't give myself. I can't make it more clear; it's only something which I am beginning to comprehend, which is revealing itself to me” (chapter 16). A woman may fulfil other roles than those of a mother or a wife. Therefore, the novel tackles the issue of the sense of self, inner and outer.
In the renaissance period, the status and the presentation of women was oppressive and restrictive. Women were allowed to enjoy very few economic and political rights and acted submissively in front of their fathers and husbands. They were forced to remain in the domestic part of their society. Their roles as daughters, mothers and wives were considered significant in the renaissance age. Their reproductive capabilities was extremely important for inheritances and for maintaining the family line.
Typically, society and family are the forerunners on what is believed by each new generation, leaving little room for change. Having a system based in tradition could, and most likely will, result in poor outcomes. Traditionally, women are seen as the weaker sex, the homemaker. This began to pose a problem when there became need for women to go out and find work in order to keep their families and themselves alive. Within the United States, immigration played a role in this.
Most of women are the same situation as her. She hopes she can be liberated from role mother and wife. She feels her life is hopeless and bored under current environment, and she hopes she are real freedom on one day. She wants to have own independent personality instead of her husband and baby‘s vassal. This case just like a prime minster said “she does not want to wash cups to die.” She just wants to change it.
The right that women have today is not what it was in the Progressive Era. Women did not have the right to wear what they want, to do what they want, and to choose what they are going to be in the future. Their future was chosen by the society and that was to become a housewife. In this era while women were told how to behave, men were free to become whatever they wanted to be and to do what they wanted. Eventually, this inequality lead to various revolution that was related to women’s right, one of the activists that lead these revolutions was Charlotte Perkins Gilman.
The search for independence can be a tedious task and individuals may go their whole lives looking for it and being unable to find it. This is true for that of Lily Bart in The House of Mirth written by Edith Wharton. Lily is not content with the life she now lives and craves an independent lifestyle where she does not have to rely on others for social and financial support. Yet by further analyzing the text Lily’s search for independence leads to her ultimate demise. In the first chapters of The House of Mirth Wharton establishes various conditions that Lily desires.
In Kate Chopin’s novel The Awakening, she demonstrates how being restricted to one role because of their gender can, therefore, have major consequences just like how it did to Edna. Women were viewed as nothing more than a maid, when in reality they did so much and were not appreciated. They had to cook, clean, look after the children and much more when they could have been doing bigger and better things. Those who decided to not do what was required of them had to face major consequences such as their children being taken away or being shunned by their community. Women today are finding cures for diseases or running their own businesses, instead of being the one at home yet, they do not get the same praise men do.
Many women are silenced by their husbands and cannot be themselves. Men, as developed by Hurston, are connected with control and dominance. These conflicts directly influence Janie’s maturity and therefore her dreams. As a woman, Janie struggles to find balance between finding her dream of true love with a husband while still remaining free. Hurston uses the motif of the horizon and the road to represent the dreams and opportunities sought after and the obstacles required to accomplish them.
John Steinbeck shows us that women often struggle to successfully express oneself, and fail, on the part of others to fulfill one 's emotional needs. The narrator shares, “The chrysanthemum stems seemed too small and easy for her energy” (Steinbeck 439). Even though her job maintaining the chrysanthemums might seem boring and unsatisfying she still finds passion in growing them. The chrysanthemums in this quote symbolize Elisa’s life; Elisa can relate to the chrysanthemums because she is stuck at home just like the chrysanthemums are stuck in the ground. In addition, In the rising action, Elisa says to the tinker, “It must be very nice.
Women fought for so long to achieve equality and perceive the right to vote throughout history. They have been denied their right to do so multiply times labeling them as minorities and property. In this era women played the role of a house-wife that only stayed at home to obey their husbands and to take care of their children. Therefore, women were portrayed as weak and submissive beings who had a second-class role in the society. However, the restriction for them to vote led to them standing out for the rights they deserved.