I give myself where I choose. If he were to say, ‘ Here Robert, take her and be happy, she is yours’, I would at you both” ( Chopin 108 ) . Edna questions the submissive nature of females in society by not wanting to be similar to those females. She does not want to be like a robot who only does what her husband wants her to do. In the quote above, Edna basically declares that she is not just some object that her husband can do whatever he pleases with.
Masculine and Feminine Roles in Steinbeck’s “Chrysanthemums” In the story “The Chrysanthemums”, by John Steinbeck, Elisa Allen lives an unsatisfactory life as she desires more than what is bestowed upon her. The reader learns Elisa’s husband is culpable for not seeing the beauty of his wife, leaving an open door for the antagonist, a traveler, to prey upon Elisa’s. Steinbeck uses Masculine and Feminine roles of the early 20th century, Internal Conflict, and an antagonist, to show Elisa’s struggle for Identity. Steinbeck illustrates Masculine and feminine roles of the 20th century in the “Chrysanthemums” to show Elisa’s struggle with identity. Elisa role as wife is brought to light through the task she is given as a character and wife.
In the XIX century, Thomas Hardy brings the gender issue to Tess of the d'Urbervilles, showing that the condition of women in Victorian England brings unique implications to their trajectory as an individual. The women in Tess of the d'Urbervilles are, in general, submissive to the patriarchal order of society. The supremacy of man over woman in life dramatises the crisis of values in Tess of the d'Urbervilles, placing the heroine, Tess, at the mercy of the masculine judgment. Tess is a victim of male prepotency. She succumbs to the abuses of Alec d'Urberville and afterwards adopts a servile posture towards her husband, even after being godforsaken and banned from social life.
The voice of marginalized women belonging to the so-called inferior race rings persuasively in the novel, A Mercy. Lisa M. Logan is attentive to this aspect of the novel. She is keenly interested in examining this aspect of the novel. Logan's view is cited in the following extract: Morrison’s novel operates as an evocative object, bridging the historical facts of patriarchy with the emotional resonance of non-elite, marginalized women’s experiences. The stories of Florens, Lina, and Rebekka show that early America was especially dangerous, tenuous, and brutal for women and girls.
Then tis most like the sovereignty will fall upon Macbeth” (39-42). Ross is right about one thing: ambition is to blame for Duncan's murder. He is wrong about the most important part, though. Here, he accuses Duncan's kids of killing their father when Macbeth is the one he should be accusing and not Duncan’s children. Even though Lady Macbeth has ambition like her husband she fears Macbeth’s nature “Glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be what thou art promised.
In “The Painted Door” by Sinclair Ross, “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and “Behind the Headlines” by Vidyut Aklujkar, inequality and dissatisfaction are central topics shared by all the stories. Ending with some sort of a rebellious act which changes the protagonists’ lives, the three authors deal with the fact that inequality or isolation may lead to a breakout behaviour of the victims. The wives, Ann from “TPD,” the protagonist of “TYW” and Lakshmi from “BH,” are dissatisfied with their lives as they live in inequality and loneliness; this causes them to finally act out in some way, standing up for themselves. their breakout behaviours not only change their own lives but also the lives of their husbands. Inequality
Lady Macbeth feels like she has to convince Macbeth to kill before he gives up, so she thinks that threatening his masculinity will work. Another time gender roles are brought up is when Malcolm calls Macduff womanly because he is crying and that he should seek revenge to be a man. Macduff responds with, “Oh, I could play the woman with mine eyes / And braggart with my tongue (4:3:237-238)!” Macduff is embarrassed when seen crying because men were thought to not be emotional. Even today, men are taught that crying is for women. Macduff now feels as if he has to kill Macbeth for revenge.
Early on in the play Lady Macbeth was characterized as a ruthless person, but later on in the play the audience softens up on her because she reveals her weak side. Lady Macbeth was a ruthless person, and no one expected it because even today in society women are not associated with evil characteristics, she demonstrates this when she continuously insults her husband. For example, when Macbeth changes his mind about killing Duncan, Lady Macbeth scolds him, and insults his masculinity and persuades him by saying that he owes it to her to kill Duncan. She uses this tactic of persuasion, by targeting Macbeths insecurities; this is very ruthless because Lady Macbeth shows becoming royalty over her husband’s dignity. With this in mind, usually relationships
You have ruined all my future. It is horrible to think of!”, Nora realizes his self-absorbed thinking and that Torvald was a strange man to her. At this point Nora transforms into her authentic character and individuality. She now realizes that her forgery was wrong because it was for an unworthy person. Throughout the play, Nora Helmer is a woman who was spoon-fed all her life by her father and husband as a “doll”.
She was replaced by an enlightened, determined and more useful member of society who tries to make a positive contribution to help her husband in his difficulty. These days modern life has thrown countless examples of women struggling for their identities and thus emerging in the same way as Nora did. Ibsen though in his own ways, is probably the playwright to bring this change noticeable in their respective plays. Ibsen showed a woman who left her husband simply on the grounds that he had treated her as a doll and not as a responsible human being. Nora is depicted until the end of the play as the helpless, mindless fool who wastes her husband’s hard earned money.