Esperanza thinks of herself as the ugly daughter who nobody comes to visit. Nenny has beautiful eyes and Esperanza thinks that beautiful people like Nenny can talk about leaving home all the time, because they are pretty and have fewer worries. Esperanza does not want to spend all her life waiting for a husband to come and take her away, nor does she want to be like Minerva‘s sister, is kicked out of her home because she has a baby. Despite her looks, Esperanza claims to have a new plan. She will not be one of the red lipped women in the movies who can play with men like toys.
In The House on Mango Street written by Sandra Cisneros, the dominant theme for these collection of vignettes is the dreams and beauty expressed throughout the book using poetic devices. For instance, Esperanza grasps onto the dream of having her own house as she remains discontented with the house on Mango Street. On page 5, she stated, “I knew then I had to have a house. A real house.” Esperanza clinging onto her dream house indicates that she doesn’t want to belong on Mango Street. She also uses repetition to emphasize a few phrases.
Study hard. Shame is a bad thing, don’t let it keep you down". She refuses to let others put her down and wishes to leave her family and neighbors behind. Sara was in a difficult situation then Esperanza, she refuses to do any of her father’s wishes. Esperanza’s trait makes her different than other woman, it plays a role of her interaction with others.
Janie’s grandmother, Nanny, forces Janie to marry a man she is not in love with out of convenience. Nanny does not want Janie to suffer the necessities of life, but Janie cares little about materials and seeks love. Nanny’s ideology haunts Janie for much of her life, influencing decisions she takes later in marriage. Huston says, “The memory of Nanny was still powerful and strong,” which shows how Janie conforms to the ideology her grandmother instilled in her. And although Janie conforms, she continues to question inwardly about love.
Warren’s Profession, Vivie challenges her mother against her role in society. Vive wants a separate lifestyle from her mother and not let her mother dictate her future. Mrs. Warren wants Vivie to follow the same path and take over her business with the purpose that Vivie has an opportunity to work with limited opportunities for women, even though Vivie already has a job for herself. Initially, Vivie challenges her mother to prove that there are multiple types of women, which Vivie suggests that she is able to take on a business for herself without influence of others. As Vivie challenge her mother, Mrs. Warren has trouble accepting Vivie’s opinion.
In the short story “Everyday Use” by Alice Walker. Dee thinks it is okay to separate from her family heritage. Dee shows ignorance and shame to her culture. She abandons her past with her family by changing her name, telling her family ”Not Dee, Wangero Leewanika Kemanjo!”(61) She had no appreciation toward anything she had growing up. She thinks that she is too good to admit her true heritage to anyone.
You are a woman and you are not allowed to go to school! Was the biggest unnecessary thing for women, they were not allowed to go to school because men though that they could not do other jobs except being housewife. This idea was entirely wrong because women have proven over and over again that they are capable of doing everything that a man can. They are equal to men because they are human and there is not any extra ability that a man has in comparison. All around the world, women were not even allowed to vote because men thought that they did not know anything about politics and were not able to make such complicated decisions.
The dynamic for marriage shown in this film further enforces these traditional gender roles. There is a scene in which Nam’s mother talks about how he must not marry the girl he is currently engaged to because his fiancé is an only child and therefore would need Nam to move into her place. Since Nam’s mother is ill and unable able to live on her own, she wants Nam to marry a woman who has siblings so that they can both come live with her. This shows the lack of control daughters have over where they live and even who they eventually marry. Sons are seen as more valuable in this society and that is why the woman traditionally moves into her husband’s house and not vice
While struggling for her independence and freedom she finds her own way to go against the society and its standards. When invited to go to the beach with Robert, Edna weighs her options and chooses to do what she knows that she should not. Chopin states “Edna Pontellier could not have told why, wishing to go to the beach with Robert, she should in the first place have declined and in the second place have followed in obedience to one of the two contradictory impulses which impelled her.” (15) Instead of staying at home Edna decides that she will start living for herself and do whatever she deems fit. Later her husband sees this trait when she writes him a letter to tell him that she is going to move into a house down the street. After hearing this Leonce immediately writes “her a letter of unqualified disapproval and remonstrance.
In the example of Alice Walker’s The Colour Purple, the protagonist, Celie, lives oppressed, obedient and controlled by her abusive husband, unable to fight back due to the lack of strong role models. But, Celie begins to learn how to be independent and to follow her dreams zealously, thanks to the introduction of strong female role models. In fact, it is the example of these role models that aids Celie in becoming an independent businesswoman who believes in her self-worth. Hopelessness will strike every person in their lives at some point, due to oppression or stressful situations, but with a quality support system, that hopelessness can be