In The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls, Rose Mary is the mother of the Walls children who often does not act as a true adult. Rose Mary’s attitudes and behaviours are childlike, and therefore her children must take on responsibility for the lack her own. Rose Mary ignores her obligations as a parent and chooses an irresponsible way of life which endangers her children. Rose Mary has never properly matured into adulthood due to her lack of financial stability, bliss ignorance and optimism, and her selfishness nature. To begin, the lack of financial stability in the Walls family has always been problematic, however as the mother of her children, Rose Mary never contributed much to the family income due to her stubbornness and free-spirited nature.
Although Sally has a nice house, it is not a house of her own, but more like a cage. From illustrating the examples of women trying different ways to escape, The House on Mango Street reveals that only independence can offer a better life and freedom. If the readers are suffering from poverty and being restricted by men, hopefully they will learn how to become independent and set themselves
This becomes apparent when Elvia’s menarche, completely horrifies her and is clueless as to why it occurs. Furthermore, she has no knowledge of how sex works and is denied the proper resources to help care for her child. At no point in her life is she allowed to actually enjoy her womanhood and is forced into subservience until eventually being forced to be contentment with a less than average man simply because he wasn’t abusive. At all turns, Elvia throughout her life was forced to deal with the shortcomings of Honduran society in the aspects of class inequality, the prevalence of machismo, and the oppression of femininity. From being denied an education simply because she was both poor and a woman.
“A Sorrowful Woman” examines the detrimental effects of the mother’s repressed sexuality on her small family, as well as how addiction and isolation hasten her descent into madness. The mother denies her sexuality for fear of retributions and judgements from her family and by society. Her repressed feelings have accumulated over the years and resulted in a subconscious hatred for her husband and son. Godwin communicates how little they mean to the woman by never even revealing their names. Instead, they are referred to as “the husband”(1) and “the child,” (1) viewed by the mother as extras in the production in which she is trying to play a believable
A woman of Abigail’s age, sixty, would be expected to be happily retired, with a loving husband and children. But Abigail defies this standards, and instead lives with three dogs with varying personalities who essentially become her closest friends, “Carolina cannot stop trembling. Harry loves my friend and Rosie leaps up for kisses”(Page 75). Because she does not have a husband, Abigail has more time for her female friends, and she makes stronger bonds in that way, “My friend Claudette always comes to the rescue”(Page 85). She also has more time to do things she enjoys, such as knitting and spending time with her dogs.
The fear of the unknown in contrast to the familiar surroundings at home, leave Eveline questioning what to do and reminisce in old memories. Her life now is structured by repeating tasks and includes people she has known all her life. Starting a life with Frank would mean to leave all she is familiar with behind and to begin a new life in an unknown country she only ever heard stories about. Eveline would not know what to expect in Buenos Aires, though she would happily choose a life with Frank because “he would save her” (Joyce, 31). Save her from her taunting father, his abuse and threats, her work at the stores and Miss Gavan and the dust in her house that does not leave her alone.
Mrs.Dubose is stuck-up and can never control her self for example “”Where are you two going at this time of the day?” she shouted. “Playing hooky, I suppose. I'll just call the principal and tell him!””(Lee 134) this text is an example of her being stuck up and nosy. Mrs.Dubose is always in other people's business from family problems, to locations, and destinations she can never seem to keep to herself. Mrs. Dubose is alone, all she has is her caretaker and her flowers it doesn't help that she is struggling with addiction.
The governess envies the fact that she does not have children of her own, due to her profession, which 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 being a woman and professional; she feels pressure to conform to both sets of expectations despite reality which results in womb envy, baby fever and uncertainty regarding identity. A governess walks the line of mother and school master, making her relationship with her charges complex as she needs to retain an authoritative presence, as her primary job is to educate while also forming an emotional bond as a mother figure and caretaker. A governess was a substitute mother for when the children’s true mother was not there or the family could afford to have the mother be a woman of leisure, the goal for a wealthy woman in the Victorian-era. Written in 1898, The Turn of The Screw is influenced by the “sharply
Mary was an unorthodox mother who was often swaying back and forth between the temptation to pursue her selfish endeavor of becoming an artist and her duty as a mother to assume responsibility and support her family. This constant feud resulted in the entire family losing faith in her and becoming distraught. Jeannette’s mother was one of the key factors that contributed in the plan for her and her older sister, Lori to move to New York and start a fresh life there. It was with the realization that the only method in which they can prosper and live a good life was to leave their parents and start a life anew. Jeannette and Lori realized that they must think logically and think about progressing in life although this plan may not comply with the ideal plan of living together as an amalgamated
Many women are silenced by their husbands and cannot be themselves. Men, as developed by Hurston, are connected with control and dominance. These conflicts directly influence Janie’s maturity and therefore her dreams. As a woman, Janie struggles to find balance between finding her dream of true love with a husband while still remaining free. Hurston uses the motif of the horizon and the road to represent the dreams and opportunities sought after and the obstacles required to accomplish them.