This search for independence is interesting because I believe that it is something that I can relate to, even in this day and age. In The House of Mirth, Lily struggles with whether or not she should get married like all the other women that she knows, or if she should just accept the fact that she will not have a husband. Both Wharton and Chopin’s stories use similar themes and ideas in order to show that regardless of whether women were trying to find themselves or save themselves, things were different for them simply because they were females. In both The Awakening and The House of Mirth, the theme of “Freedom vs Slavery” is used to show that life was undoubtedly different for men and women. In The Awakening, the theme of freedom vs slavery is shown because throughout the novel it addresses that women are nothing without their men and that it is impossible for a woman to do anything better than a man.
The Awakening is a novel written by Kate Chopin, first published in 1899. During this time, women were expected to be feminine, domestic, submissive and have many other, “desirable” traits imposed by Victorian society. In this novel, Chopin explores gender roles and the social restraints placed on women, shunning the idea of women having self-expression. Throughout the text, one sees the ways in which Edna Pontellier, the main character, struggles with finding her identity through confronting a society which shames independent women who have no desire to fit in the roles which have been assigned to them since birth. Edna finding it impossible to continue living after realizing or more like, awakening to this realization, therefore commits suicide
Women lacked rights and that prevented them from doing certain things to limitations and those limitations were holding the women back. The idea of feminism was considered as an irrational thought in the early 19th century. The idea spread as people started to realize the idea of women being looked upon on. Although the evolution
Shirley Chisholm once said “The emotional, sexual and psychological stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says, “It’s a girl”. “The Yellow Wallpaper”, written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, depicts the social norm in the 19th century when women were thought of as lower intellectual beings who had “hysterical tendencies” and therefore not capable of making good decisions for themselves. This story lets readers into the life of a woman during the 1800’s who is treated like a small child with no say to her own mental health , even by her own husband. The 1800’s were a period in time when women were expected to play the roles of wives and mothers and nothing more. “The Yellow Wallpaper” was based loosely on Gilman’s own experience after
The sister of the protagonist Pip, Mrs. Joe Gargery is a good example, from the moment she is introduced the reader gets an awful view of her, she is represented as violent and everything in her character makes her unattractive. :” I had known, from the time when I could speak, that my sister, in her capricious and violent coercion, was unjust to me “(Great expectations,1992 ,p.53) What there can be concluded from these examples is that Dickens, the male writer, did not mean the reader to have much sympathy for these female characters. From deep within they are not good people and they deserve what they get. It seems as though Dickens generalizes the entire female population as being corrupt and impure at the core. Jane Austen on the other hand describes her own sex more careful and positive.
During the Victorian Era, women are looked down upon on, and the idea of this is being expressed in many ways in daily life. Their clothing were tide and inconvenient to restricting them to fulfill daily tasks. The main character Edna wore different clothes from other mother women to resemble herself rather than doing what others expects from her. Kate Chopin, one of the greatest American writers who believed in Naturalism, implies her perspective of the restrictions for women and the societal expectations that placed on women into her writings. The idea of the desire of freedom but inability to control it, and eventually yield in front of the societal expectations.
At the turn of the 19th century, self-identity was becoming an issue for women who did not wish to follow the examples set forth by society. Today, despite multiple movements for freedom of expression and fluid terms for self identity, many women continue to struggle with the notion of identity in the 21st century due to the rigid codes of society. Such need to conform to the strict standards of society mold the individual to execute actions which would otherwise never be taken. Needless to say the actions taken are in accord to the tacit social pamphlet, intended to be followed faithfully. This pamphlet includes a predetermined identity which contradicts all urges to become unique from the population.
If education is the first step toward emancipation, being able to have a work is the second one. It allows one to be independent, which women were certainly not allowed to be. Finally, we will considered that politics isolated women as well, resulting in women’s inability to express
Armand quickly places the blame upon Désirée, stating that it must be her that is black. Désirée is shocked at this conclusion made by her husband. The story states, “A quick conception of all that this accusation meant for her nerved her with unwonted courage to deny it” (3). Women in the seventeenth century were essentially seen as only a “pretty face” made to take care of her and her husband’s child or children. It was uncommon for a women to stand up for herself, such as how Désirée defended her origins.
The social dogma situates the women at the lowest position in society, depriving them the opportunity of being respected by their own knowledge and capabilities. Due to the fact that Austen work was contemporary to her life, her novel conveys the restrains imposed to women but at the same time follows the archetype inflicted that a social order must be followed where women must find the proper candidate for marriage, proper of Victorian times. This notion is clearly conveyed in her novel “Emma” as the main character, Emma, withdraws herself from the group of women who find themselves in urgent need of finding a husband. She states that: “My being charming, Harriet, is not quite enough to induce me to marry; I must find other people charming -- one other person at least. And I am not only, not going to be married, at present, but have very little intention of every marrying at all.” (Austen,
It depicts the social status of how men acted towards women during the 1900s. Minnie Wright’s character shows the marriage of a lower class, however, it had been unwoven because the marriage ended in the death of her husband. Susan Glaspell’s play “Trifles”, was written in the context of American Literature, with its depiction of Minnie Wright’s plight and lower class status. Glaspell has similarities to Virginia Woolf’s writing in “Professions for Women” about the relationship of social status and women’s subordination and oppression. As such, lower class women were likely more subordinated because of their affiliation to the domestic sphere, and their inability to enter the public domain.
Women had very little authority over their lives and it was as if their husband owned them. Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story, “The Yellow wallpaper” and Susan Glaspell’s play “Trifles” are alike in some respect; they both assess the situation of marriage and the divided genders with society’s criticism and impartiality toward women. For Gilman, the nineteenth-century story reveals the fact that this gender