Symbolism tells a reader what they want to hear. The short story “The Chrysanthemums” by John Steinbeck follows a married woman named Elisa Allen as she struggles to accept her place as a woman in society. She is constantly reminded of her inferior position and longs for an escape. Steinbeck cleverly employs symbolism in the story to discuss many topics that were viewed as taboo at the time. Symbolism provides a reader with both subtle and distinct details to understand what is not being said aloud in a short story.
Kate Chopin is well-known for writing about women and their experiences concerning their freedom. In essence, the women were hoping for the chains of society, and their societies standards to change. Particularly in the story “Ripe Figs,” she gives us a different view of freedom. To start off, Babette has a limited privilege to make choices for herself in the story. Consequently, when Mamaine-Nainaine informs Babette “when the figs were ripe Babette might go to visit her cousins down on the Bayou-Lafourche” (25), this was Mamaine-Nainaine limiting Babette’s freedom until she is mature enough.
Her endeavor against odds proves to be the major cause of her suffering and alienation from her own family and the society. In her article “Crossing the Patriarchal Threshold: Glimpses of the Incipient New Women in Manju Kapur’s Difficult Daughters” Seema Malik comments regarding the portrayal of Virmati: Thus in Virmati we see the incipient new woman who is conscious, introspective, educated and wants to carve a life for her. To some extent she even conveys a personal vision of womanhood by violating current social odds yet she lacks the confidence, self-control, for sigh tends and is physically imprisoned with an underlying need to be emotionally and intellectually dependent on superior force – Professor Harish and it is precisely this knowledge through which the patriarchy works. She fails to break the dependence syndrome and hats on the path to full human states. (Malik 175) Manju Kapur depicts how the typical concept of morality has impact on the minds, how deeply
", "I don't want boys," earning herself the nickname of "Mistress Mary, quite contrary" (Burnett 17). Mary's development, therefore, must make her less "self-absorbed," a criticism leveled at her by the narrator, and more open to inviting boys into her garden (16). She must prove, ultimately, that she does have the feminine sensibility that manifests itself in, among other things mentioned in the Young Lady's Book, an attraction to flowers. Although she has parents, Mary is effectively an orphan before the cholera epidemic makes her one. Raised without parental care and nurturing, Mary must learn to nurture herself so that she can nurture others.
The story tells about married woman, Elisa, who grows beautiful chrysanthemums which she gives to a tinker that happens to stop by. The events shows a hidden message and a emotional event through symbolism that is taking place. In the short story, “The Chrysanthemums,” by John Steinbeck, the author uses symbolism to show the importance and purpose in Elisa’s relationship with not only the tinker, but also with herself through the dogs, her chrysanthemums, and her flower pot. The involvement between the tinker’s dog and Elisa’s dogs is symbolic to their relationship. In the beginning, the dogs did not get along.
Morrison’s authorship elucidates the conditions of motherhood showing how black women’s existence is warped by severing conditions of slavery. In this novel, it becomes apparent how in a patriarchal society a woman can feel guilty when choosing interests, career and self-development before motherhood. The sacrifice that has to be made by a mother is evident and natural, but equality in a relationship means shared responsibility and with that, the sacrifices are less on both part. Although motherhood can be a wonderful experience many women fear it in view of the tamming of the other and the obligation that eventually lies on the mother. Training alludes to how the female is situated in the home and how the nurturing of the child and additional local errands has now turned into her circle and obligation.
The novel presents three types of women: submissive Mama Sofia, trapped Dona Catalina, and rebellious Luz Marina respectively. Edgell’s, The Festival of San Joaquin suggests that traditional women, such as Dona Catalina and Luz Marina, have to make choices that will decide a fate that would enable further victimization and or agency. In the novel, choice influenced Luz Marina’s fate as to whether she would remain a submissive wife to Salvador or rebel against his patriarchal ideology and physical abuse. Based on Luz Marina’s economic status and her dependency on Salvador to provide for the family, her ability to make decisions without consulting him confined her to the choice of being submissive to Salvador. According to Suazo in her article, Domestic Violence, The Ugly
Her role is that of a meek, submissive wife whose concern should be centered on the family, her relatives, and her children. She turns to her mother for comfort but she too is equally helpless: “I knew she was wondering … why she had failed to teach me acceptance. Wasn’t it merely arrogance to think that we could take matters into our hands? To take over the writing of our own stories?” (AP
As a socially conscious writer, De attempts to bring these erring women back into the orbit of socially sanctified morality. Keywords : Lesbianism, psychopaths , harmonious existence , familial bonding, institution of marriage, freedom . Female Resistance against Repression in Shobha De’s Strange Obsession Introduction Shobha De, a renowned and a prolific living writer projects her social vision through affirmation of the feminine self. She predominantly deals with the lives of the upper class society and examines the institution of family and marriage. She opines in Shooting from the Hip: “The whole question of the position of females in
The neglected women as characters in their novel attempt for better way of life mentally and physically. Today’s Novels act as a mirror reflecting the protest and the outburst of the suppressed feelings of women which has never been taken care for ages. Shashi Despande’s novel That Long Silence begins with the sentence “To achieve anything, you’ve got to be ruthless.” Despande 's That Long Silence revolves around the ongoing problems and predicament of the middle class house hold. Her writings are like case studies of women full of reality. Her women are real flesh and blood characters from whom one cannot take one’s eyes of.