The governess envies other women as she doesn’t have children of her own, due to her profession. Her desire to have children causes her to become obsessive and overprotective of the children. In The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, the role of the governess occupies the liminal space between the expectations of
With their questions and concerns on what a woman should and should not do, both characters represent the role confusion shared by many 1920s women. Bernice prides herself in her family’s old fashioned values, that a woman must be polite and gentle in order to be feminine. However, since she never was allowed to fully express herself, her social skills turned awry and she fails to win the attention of men. Therefore, she seeks her cousin,
During the late nineteenth century, the time of the protagonist Edna Pontellier, a woman’s place in history was mostly confined to her children and her husband, with there being little of herself to enjoy. Kate Chopin’s novel, The Awakening, embodies the triumphs and frustrations in a woman’s life as she struggles with handling strict societal demands. Defying the roles of a typical “mother-woman,” Edna battles with the pressures of her time that demand she be a devoted and controlled housewife. One of the first overtly feminist novels, The Awakening criticizes gender and social roles in ways that have now heavily influenced what we call feminism. One of the first ways that Chopin battles the nineteenth century Victorian era is with
Women during Edna’s time were supposed to be dedicated to their husbands and children, however, Edna yearned for her own independence, and as a result of wanting her own independence Edna knew that she was seen as a terrible person. For instance Edna wanted to “…try to determine what character of a woman I am; for, candidly, I don't know. By all the codes which I am acquainted with, I am a devilishly wicked specimen of the sex. But some way I can't convince myself that I am. I must think about it" (27.4).
She continues with the plan because she believes that her love for her family overrules the law. Ismene is more timid and obedient than Antigone. When Antigone was attempting to convince Ismene to help her bury their brother, she refused by saying it is too dangerous and that she doesn’t want to suffer the consequences. Ismene speaks her feelings to her sister, “They mean a great deal to me, but I have no strength to break the laws that were made for the public good” (Sophocles). This informs the reader that she doesn’t like to take risks and do ambitious things.
Macbeth and Lady Macbeth’s relationship is the reverse to this. Macbeth refers to his wife as his ‘dearest partner in greatness’. Lady Macbeth, on the other hand, repeatedly insults her husband: “Are you a man?” (3.4.58) and “art thou afeard,” (1.7.39). Lady Macbeth rejects her femininity and telling the spirits to “unsex me here” (1.5.39) – to remove her gentler, motherly feelings and make her evil, which represents her un-feminine personality. Lady Macbeth also rejects her motherhood, which no woman of that time would have done, showing that she’s not a normal caring, loving woman: ‘dashed the brains out,’ (1.7.58), saying that she’d rather kill her own baby then go against her word.
She wants everyone to do what she says no ands, ifs, or buts about it. As the story progress towards the end she begins to develop sympathy for the misfit in a plea to save her life. At first she is a little obnoxious to the family and none of the family gets along well, but with death lingering around the corner it makes her develop a new perspective of life. She cries out the name of her son but receives no response. She thinks being a lady and saying "You wouldn 't shoot a lady, would you?"
Adele Ratignolle’s attitude toward motherhood is that she is a perfect mother-women. Edna Pontellier’s attitude toward motherhood is that she is not a perfect mother-women for many ways. Edna Pontellier is not a perfect mother because “Mrs. Pontellier was not a mother-women”(Chopin, 10). This quote means that Edna Pontellier is not a good mother/wife because she is not that of a women who would worship their children ,and their husband.
This professes Maggie to be a very complacent and scared girl, especially in the face of her sister Dee. She deliberately avoids her and her new sense of self-righteousness. Maggie's lack of exposure to society makes her weak in her sister's eyes and vulnerable to her sister's pretentious attitude toward what is owed to Maggie. Dee disturbs the peace by proclaiming, "Maggie can't appreciate these quilts!” It is clear that Dee believes that she deserves to receive whatever she wants, yet Maggie never fights for what she is already entitled
Another example is the letter addressed to the Crane family, “Didn’t you ever see an idiot child before? Some people just shouldn’t have children should they”? (4) This shows that she is envious of the family because they provide each other with company and they love each other, “ most infatuated young parents she had ever known”. Whereas Miss Strangeworth lives all alone. In short, these letters have proved that since she is jealous of her victims she tries to disrupt their way of living so she can feel superior.