In the story “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’connor, symbolism is found in the grandmother's hat. For the grandmother, the most important thing is that she is considered a lady. The grandmother is a finely dressed woman who is more worried about herself than her family by stating, “In case of an accident, anyone seeing her dead on the highway would know at once that she was a lady.” (368) The hat, which represents her moral code, is damaged and falls apart during the car accident.
Madness often occurs when somebody desires something that is not accessible to them. When somebody cannot have what they want most, they can go insane yearning for it. For example, if an individual struggling with alcoholism attempts to go sober, they will likely experience withdrawal symptoms because their body is so used to having alcohol that it has forgotten how to function without it. During this withdrawal period, the individual may crave alcohol to the point that their psychological instincts take over and they will do absolutely anything for a drink. In The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the narrator goes insane in her longing for freedom.
In The Yellow Wallpaper, the woman trapped in the wallpaper often reflects the narrator’s thoughts and actions. Both the narrator and the woman are trapped in their surroundings. The only person in The Yellow Wallpaper that sees the woman is the narrator herself. John, the narrator’s husband, wishes that she becomes better and does not want to change the room she is staying in. Finally, the narrator wishes to be free.
In the 19th century, the misogynist standards left women in a state where their potential was suppressed. Charlotte Gilman argued against a society where a woman’s mentality and physical health was not fully cared for because of men. She herself had been a victim of these standards causing depression and her journey to not rely on another man shaped her feminist attitude. In 1892, she wrote a piece entitled The Yellow Wallpaper where she unravels the destruction anti-feminist attitudes can cause. By the use of setting Gilman formed her meaning that women deserve not only the same rights but compromise/ To start off, let’s look at the isolated house in the yellow wallpaper
The word “Apophenia” means, the spontaneous perception of connections and meaningfulness of unrelated phenomena. Quiñones reveals disturbing truths about intimate relationships through imagery, episodic line breaks, and emotional undercurrents. The result is an unsettling poem on the realities of a toxic intimate relationship. The use of first person in Apophenia gives an intimate perspective into the life of the main character.
A nineteenth century man observing women today would be baffled by the freedoms women have. He is probably wondering, “where did we go wrong?” or “how did we let women’s rights get this far?” During the Antebellum period, white, middle class women lived to serve four purposes. Barbara Welter’s The Cult of True Womanhood, identifies these four purposes as piety, purity, submission, and domesticity.
For many centuries in our society women have been confined into a stereotypical idea of a patriarchal society. In today 's society the idea isn’t as much viewed upon with all the rights women have been given, but the concept still lingers in some of men 's minds. More so, than today, in the 19th century women were obligated to abide to the principle of gender roles and a male dominated culture. Women were seen as to be a slave and to act a certain way towards men as well as be able to gratify man 's lust of expectations of a perfect woman. These presumptions of women had been very much portrayed in short story , The Chaser by John Collier, in which a boy name Alan Austen seeks for a love potion from an old man, for a girl he likes name Diana.
Nineteenth century America was a time when women were expected to follow the cult of domesticity, a widely accepted opinion at the time. While fathers, brothers, sons, husbands and other male loved ones went off to fight in the American Civil War, women were left behind to take care of the remaining members of the family. “It was in the home that woman’s influence was paramount and her position assured.” For some women, this was enough, however, there were others who were not satisfied with this idea, and felt as though they were meant to become something more. However, there were some opportunities for women to step outside of the social customs and gender roles of the time.
The nineteenth century american society characterized by, generally speaking, gender inequality. American woman`s live was shaped “ by those dramatic forces that shaped all Americans: politics, economics, social upheaval, wars, depressions, disease,[and] protest movements.” In such a society woman enjoyed few rights whether these rights were socially, politically or legally. From a social point of view, American woman remained under the authority of her father and husband. A married woman was expected to stay at home, to cook, to raise children, to run the household and to create what might be called a heavenly atmoshere for her husband.
Madness, insanity, lunacy, these words are more than clinical diagnoses. These words are in part, social constructions rooted in a specific place, at a specific point in time. In 19th century America, state insane asylums thrived. Not in terms of the environmental conditions of these institutions, but in terms of overcrowding and to the extent that individuals could be involuntarily committed. The purpose of this essay is not to expose the conditions of these institutions.