This is the mindset that permeates both Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest and Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler. Both plays, having been written at the end of the 19th century, offer insight into how this societal pressure creates an environment in which women face a particularly large amount of pressure to find wealthy, suitable husbands rather than ones they truly love. This issue of marriage being classified as business is best summed up in The Importance of Being Earnest when Algy, after having learned Jack intends to propose to Gwendolyn, remarks, “I thought you had come up for pleasure…? I call that business” (Wilde
In Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston develops a contrast between the male and female genders of the time period of the story, and the male and female gender of today. Hurston wrote this novel in or about a time when women were considered simple-minded , women were disempowered by the empowered man in the relationship, and women can only gain power through marriage. But when Janie kisses Johnny Taylor, her view of men changes after seeing “a dust-bearing bee sink into the sanctum of a bloom; the thousand sister-calyxes arch to meet the love embrace and the ecstatic shiver of the tree from root to tiniest branch creaming in every blossom and frothing with delight. So this was a marriage! She had been summoned to behold a revelation”
Mina and Lucy Bram Stoker’s gothic novel, Dracula, was written in the nineteenth century, where he uses the main two female characters to depict the varying role between man and woman. Dracula is set in the Victorian Era, where the man in the relationship has all the power. Stoker uses these female characters, Mina and Lucy, to offset these prejudices. Lucy, is your beautiful and innocent woman, who is defined by her sexuality and is left uninformed about the dangers of Dracula. Mina, who can be defined as pure and innocent, shows off her dedication to her husband by keeping up with his studies which ultimately saves her.
Women were inferior because they were supposed to be silent company, they only received half the inheritance of their brothers, they were meant to have and take care of the children, they received harsher punishment for their wrongs, and they had to follow strict rules. The most significant way
The American Women were voiceless, they had no say in society, however the reform movement would change that. Married women had very little rights compared to husband. One major human right violation was women 's lack of property rights.. Even if the property belonged to their family, once they were married that land became their husbands. In divorce and custody battles, mostly favored the husband.
Undoubtedly, this belief, or theory, was not applied to Macbeth. Women were evidently placed on the lower level of this spectrum we call equality. Women had to basically depend on a man to withhold any power or authority in society, and if they were to have power individually, they were seen as ugly and unstable. It was as if a woman could not possibly have gained power by herself without being evil, and without using her powers in a disorderly fashion. It conveys the impression that a woman being in power is wrong, and incompatible with society.
He suggests that the women did not support the event, felt it was unfair but could not however raise their opinions since they were submissive to their husbands, and were controlled by the men. He uses analogy to compare “Ms. Tessie Hutchison character to other women. The men did not tolerate women rebellion. He discusses male domination during “The Lottery” were in
Milkman didn’t become less than what he was because he’s a man, but it’s not the same for women. Women have always been seen as inferior and the fact that men only see them as a way for pleasure, they’re seen as inferior. Milkman once respected his mother, and he saw her as much more, but then he fell into the way it “should be”. Women are weak; women aren’t capable of much. There’s no such thing as a strong independent woman.
Nora who risked jeopardizing her husband’s image had set the tone throughout the play as the constant change in personality set the tone of the play which I have really enjoyed due to the unpredictable plot twists and a chance to be engaged with The Victorian culture at that time period. There were also secondary characters such as Linde and Krogstad that further shaped up the plot of the story, especially Krogstad who was responsible for blackmailing Nora which set a very suspenseful and problematic tone. The title “dolls house” foreshadows my idea of the play as the word “doll” meant being objectified which relates to the main idea of the play. The book did a great job in foreshadowing and hinting future events as seen in the title. In one line, Torvald calls
Women were not allowed to vote and divorce if they were allowed they would carry a heavy social shame and it was only available when both partners agreed. Injustice violence and inequality becomes the law. Women are not treated equally. Men treat women like trash or just like a doll or a servant. Men think that women are useful only to bear children, cook and clean.