According to the text, Edna struggles to find her purpose in this society which seems to be holding her back. Edna’s encounters include two men she becomes romantically involved with, other than her husband who help Edna open up in some ways. Throughout the novel, Edna awakens to her purpose in life to only realize she is not strong enough to push forward so she commits suicide in order to avoid facing the failure of her own expectations. To start with, Edna’s marriage was revolved around what society asked for. She was not happy in her relationship or in her position as a mother.
Edna is struggling to choose a identity between a mother, wife, lover etc. She seems to not want to be subject as the possession of anybody. She focuses on independence even denying Robert of her love towards him which if she chose to stay with him, she would be associated with him and therefore labeled. She looks up to Madame Reisz as an independent woman, pursuing her passions and doing as she pleases. "I would give up the unessential; I would give my money, I would give my life for my children; but I wouldn 't give
Henry will turn me out…He’ll find another wife, who can give him proper children. There’ll be nothing-nothing in the world for me-nothing” (71). This forlorn desperate monologue given by Aunt Harriett is what truly cements the treatment of women when they do not meet the societal standard. This idea that a woman who cannot produce healthy children is less of a woman is not a belief shared exclusively by men. Mrs. Wender is appalled by the fact her husband has not thrown her out for
The first trait I would like to focus on would be Bailey's persistance. Without Bailey's clear persistance to fulfil her dreams she would most likely have fallen away from her ideas after her mother's strong discouraging words of “Bailey, what are you talking about? You're a boy. Boys don't wear dresses!”. Even after these words bailey insists to her mother that she doesn't feel like a boy, but because her mom doesn't understand she dismisses this notion telling Bailey she is not a boy and to never
When a girl leaves home and comes to live new ways, different rules, she has to be a prophet, learn somehow the art of dealing smoothly with her bedmate”( ). Both of these stories show how restricting it was to be a woman during this time, however, both Medea and Antigone break away from those
Mayella has worked to be a respectable woman, but many things hold her back: her dad, her looks, and her personality. Being a woman and living the way she does, Mayella’s life is ignoble, but the way she treats people makes her deserve the life she has been given. For example, Mayella forces a man to lie, which results in her flaws come around to hurt her, and her to not qualify for a chance to be respected. During Tom’s trial, Tom said, “...scared I’d hafta face up to what I didn’t do.” (page 265), and that’s because Mayella indirectly took an innocent man’s life, which makes her personality even more unattractive. Although women are treated very unequally, some women, like Mayella, don’t deserve to be treated
Mary has outside forces that make her “numb” to the world around her at the beginning of the novel. She has no one that loves her nor people she loves. Throughout both novels, the characters shift and are transformed into stronger people who become more self-aware. Jane and Mary’s transformation is signified by the different types symbols that the authors use to illustrate the challenges and the environment around them that helps them to explore more about themselves. Jane in Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë, is looked as plain in the eyes of those around her.
Peal does not see her mother as a sinner because she has been isolated by puritan society and as a result does not have the same beliefs. Pearl is the illegitimate child the symbol of her parent sin, but she is also a regenerative force.”(Kate 11) So long as Dimmesdale is alive, Pearl seems to be a magnet that attracts Hester and Dimmesdale, almost demanding their reconciliation or some sort of energetic reconciliation. “ Not a pure materateralism however, but one embellished by her guilt at the child’s disordered nature and for this living result of the act of love.”(Lasser 275) Pearl and Hester are not materialistic When Dimmesdale dies, Pearl seems to lose her vigor and becomes a normal girl, able to marry and assimilate into society. The implication is thus that Pearl truly was a child of lust or love, a product of activity outside the boundaries imposed by strict Puritan
I can’t make it more clear; it’s only something which I am beginning to comprehend, which is revealing itself to me” (52). By calling her own life “unessential”, Edna recognizes that her roles in society as a wife and mother have never been characterized by any more than superficial behaviors and activities. After having an “epiphany” about her identity, Edna still understands her obligation to protect and care for her children, but now refuses to sacrifice her true, individual identity in the process. Edna’s awakening is evident in her desire to be her own person. She does not wish to be identified in relationship to other people, but rather to be valued for her own unique thoughts and
Offered by a human” (195). In Their Eyes Were Watching God, Janie’s grandmother Nanny makes Janie marry someone she does not love. Janie does not want to marry Logan, but she concedes to her grandmother’s demands. The grandmother merely wants Janie’s life to be secure and safe; the grandma did not want Janie to turn out like Janie’s mother. Janie holds anger for her grandma because of the grandmother’s decision, but eventually, after she matures, Janie realizes that Nanny was merely doing it
What society defined as “acceptable” at the time one character succumbed to the pressures and the other woman was resilient and overcame the pressure. In The Awakening, Edna, is repressed by her husband, as is Janie in Their Eyes Were Watching God. Edna and Jaine are both self aware women; their inner selves question what their outer self
In excerpts “Two Kinds”, “Multi-Culturalism Explained in One Word: Hapa” and “Everyday Use” there is an example of cultural identity and how it effects the decision in the characters life. In the novel excerpt “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan, the main character has struggles in-between what her mother wants her to be versus what she feels compelled to be. Jing-Mei mother wants Jing-Mei to be a young prodigy but, yet she is not one. So it cause conflict/tension between Jing-Mei and her mother because Jing-Mei does not want to be a prodigy nor has the skills, and because of this she has no drive. At this moment in time her mother has instilled the piano into her culture.
Problems will not be resolved unless it’s her way or a way she benefits from. Finally Juliet will not do something for someone other than a few people she loves (e.g Romeo and the nurse). Juliet was asking for comfort on an argument that took place earlier by reason of her not wanting to marry Prince. She was very distraught and emotional in this scene, and is asking for advice from the nurse. Prior to this argument the nurse supported Juliet’s decision on secretly marrying Romeo and not Prince, but once she saw how her parents reacted on Juliet not marrying Prince she took upon her parents side.