In the articles “A Mother’s Day Kiss-Off” and “The Myth Of Co-Parenting” they express their issues with husbands. Even though they both express their troubles, Bennetts issue is that she belives husbands under appreciate their wives, while Edelman feels as if her husband is not there enough to appreciate her. Both authors feel as they do not receive enough appreciation and think that they should get more. Bennetts states “We accommodate our husbands’ careers at the expense of our own interests…”(43). What she is saying is that women feel as if they have to give up things they're interested in to make their husbands happy, making them feel not as important.
She is shown as lonely and promiscuous in the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. When looking at the way that she acts toward other characters, it is evident that Curley’s wife is often the root of many problems. She caused her husband to doubt his men and to isolate her. Due to her licentiousness and loneliness, Curley’s wife ultimately gets herself killed in the end of the book. Her death was a tragedy, but when paired with her personality, makes for an interesting plot for the story.
In Kate Chopin’s “Desiree’s Baby,” and “The Hand” by Colette, the protagonists are resigned from their lives. The hand girl, a newlywed wife, is frightened of her husband’s power and afraid of the man that she misguided for love. Desiree marries Armand upon his proposal only to leave him after having a major conflict. However, Desiree and the hand girl only gaines sadness from their marriage. The women’s feelings towards their husband changes across the story as they displays their emotions and actions by facing their obstacles head on.
She uses the foil to explore how Irene and Clare experience womanhood differently and connects it to the expectations of women in the 1920s. She mainly uses motherhood and marriage to exhibit these differences in their lives based on off race. She uses motherhood to show how Clare hates being a mother because of her fear of her husband finding out she’s black through her daughter’s skin tone. Irene appreciates being a mother even though she sacrifices her own desires for it; she understands the huge responsibility that comes with being a mother and embraces it. Marriage is used to portray Clare’s fear of her husband, and it shows Irene’s insecurity in her marriage when she suspects Clare and Brian are having an affair, yet her faith in her husband when she blames herself.
This loneliness is portrayed throughout John Steinbeck 's novel, Of Mice and Men. The main characters affected include Curley’s Wife, Crooks, and Lennie. These characters undergo the side effects of the Great Depression each in a different way, but ultimately compare as they become most lonely in the end. Curley’s Wife is just a young lady who had such big plans for her life, only to have them shut down after getting married. Crooks was declared as less of a person because of the way he looked and Lennie was defined as excess baggage.
These two stories have one main subject in common: a want for freedom from a husband’s hold in marriage. Both of these women felt trapped within their marriage and simply wanted a way out. “Story of an Hour” begins as a tale about a woman who is struck with the devastating news that her husband has died in a train accident. However, this was not so crippling to the wife, Mrs. Mallard. Her emotions overwhelmed her.
In Of Mice and Men, Curley’s wife can be analyzed as being lonely and self-obsessed. Curley’s wife is very lonely because she is the only female on the ranch, and Curley doesn’t pay much attention to her. Curley would much rather talk about himself, and the only reason she married Curley was to get away from her mother. Curley’s wife had a dream of being in the show business, but she believed her mother sabotaged her career which again is why she married Curley. Curley’s wife’s loneliness also prompts her to become self-obsessed.
Even though Rose is a great wife to Troy, he still is so discontent with his life that he cheats on her. Troy tells Rose on page 69, "It ain't about nobody being a better woman or nothing. Rose, you ain't the blame. A man couldn't ask for no woman to be a better wife than you've been" (Wilson, 1986). This shows that Troy was fortunate enough to have Rose as his wife, but he was so unhappy with his life he found someone else to be with and love.
With a close examination between the two stories ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’, by Roald Dahl, and ‘Desiree’s Baby’, by Kate Chopin, there will be close similarities about a once loving wife toward her husband and a once loving husband towards his wife, now with the husband showing no more interests towards the wife, leaving her in an emotional distress, causing her to act out in a very hollow manner. The similarities that both ‘Lamb to the Slaughter’ and ‘Desiree’s Baby’ share, is the cause that started the twist. When both the main female characters are cast out from their husbands, when the husband had stopped showing love to the wife. When, in ‘Desiree’s Baby’, Armand, the husband of the female protagonist, Desiree, was showing her a face of pure love, as a husband should, especially after their first child, a son, which had no name. But, when son was three months, Armand had changed in mood since the baby was born, to which he wouldn’t even look at her with the same respect.
Here is a story of Aylmer, “a man of science,” who had a wife who was known for her beauty and her “hand-shaped birthmark.” Although perfect in the eyes of her admirers, her husband did not agree for the birthmark grew more and more intolerable for him in their lives together. As the days went on, Georgina became bothered by the way her husband would react towards her presence, towards the mark upon her cheek. She then agrees to allow Aylmer to remove her birthmark, even after reading his past experiment failures. This mistake brings his “peerless bride,” Georgiana, to her demise (Hawthorne 350). Destruction of beauty in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s story, “The Birthmark,” is developed through the use of symbolism, conflict, and irony.
In both novels, the Crucible and Ethan Frome, the main characters are stuck in pointless marriages, however revenge and love led the two plays into slightly different paths. In the crucible John Proctor has a seemingly miserable marriage with Elizabeth Proctor. She was an unhappy, depressing wife, and the cold house she kept led to John having an affair with the housekeeper Abigail Williams. Similarly in Ethan Frome, Ethan is married to a mean, sickly, and depressing wife, and found a way to escape from his misery through the housekeeper Mattie. We can see that in both plays, the two main characters are not happy with their marriages and lives, therefore they try to get away from them by having an affair with other women who seem to be their