For Harriet, she is oppressed and suffered in the patriarchal society. David and Harriet are conventional in the gender stereotype that ‘Man are breadwinners while women are homemakers’ that they think this old family style is happy. However, patriarchy and gender stereotype makes Harriet suffering from the family problems. When Ben is born, he is not as lovely and normal as people expect and he disappoints David. As a married woman living in a patriarchal society, Harriet thwarts her husband’s dream which is to have a happy perfect family so she feels that she is condemned by everyone even though it is not her fault indeed.
The Pride of Prejudice, by Jane Austen written in late 1700s, she satire about how human have prejudice against social distinctions such as class, appearance, and reputation. Even now people care so much about social distinctions, which Jane see threw and pointed out hundred years ago from now. Especially when people have too much pride of them self, they have prejudice on person who is not in better environment than them and look under them. Jane Austen illustrated social distinctions through relationship between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. Mr. Bennet’s pride leads him to have prejudice of her even though he loves her.
The chorus says, “You are right Medea” (L 266). She voices women’s loss of power over their bodies and economies. And how they became trapped in the their own household. Medea explains, “With an excess of wealth it is required/ For us to buy a husband” and notes to not take a “master” is worse (L 232-234). Here she passionately speaks out against the injustices she faces as a women.
People like Bradshaw, who took pride in strict adherence to moral character, immediately fired Ruth and regretted having ever allowed her access to his house. The society viewed that getting pregnant outside the realms of wedlock was equivalent to immorality. Therefore, the biological product of such a union would also be regarded as illegitimate. Although it was right, through the societal lenses, that Ruth was immoral, it is importantto appreciate the fact that her initial lover, Mr. Bellingham was responsible for her outcast status.Through the person of Ruth, the reader is also able to appreciate the position of the woman in the society. The society is keen to judge women who break the moral standards but does not bother to find out the irresponsibility that is shown by individuals such as Mr.
According to Foucoult the mechanism of surveillance is inevitable and spread throughout the society. Mary could not live in seclusion, away from the effect of societal norms, for long time. When Mary has not get married well over thirty, when she keeps her shy manners and when she still wears youngish clothes, those so-called friends around her start to gossip about her, saying that “She just isn’t like that, isn’t like that at all. Something missing somewhere” (Lessing 48). They start judging Mary from the standards of a social-accepted woman.
Ammu is having a similar forbidden relationship much like her aunt, only hers is working out more. This infuriates Baby Kochamma and she resents“Ammu, because [Baby Kochamma] saw her quarreling with a fate that ... she had graciously accepted” (44). Baby Kochamma, while still ashamed of her niece, is bitter that someone else in her family has a chance at happiness and does not care about social expectations.Unlike Ammu, Baby Kochamma cares about flaunting her high class so much, that she insists on
When Maupassant conveys Madame Loisel’s dream he said “She dreamed of great drawing rooms dressed with old silk” The premodifier “great” once again refers to the theme greed which is shown throughout the story. Although she is living in a steady life, Madame Loisel always desires for better. Maupassant can be seen as a misogynist here as Madame Loisel is portrayed as a greedy lady who does not know how to cherish what she currently has. She continues to complain on her plain and ordinary lifestyle even though there are many more underprivileged people living in the
From the very beginning of the novel Jane has the courage to defy her aunt when she is unfairly punished in the red room. The cultural and social context of the age must be taken into account when analyzing such behavior. At the time, Jane Eyre’s gesture of talking back to people was totally improper, because women especially poor ones were expected to meekly accept their lot in life. But she cannot keep quiet and merely accept her condition as a poor orphan, because at the end of her discourse, she feels her soul begin "to expand, to exult, with the strangest sense of freedom, of triumph, I ever felt... as if an invisible bond had burst and that I had struggled out into unhoped-for liberty". This is the beginning of a spirit that Jane carries forward into her future relationships with men, beginning with the detestable Mr.
Miss Helen’s art and struggle is a metaphor for women’s struggle. For self-expression and self-fulfillment in a society that functions conformity as well as control by the powerful of the powerless. Miss Helen and Katrina are bound to live according to society’s expectations due to them belonging to a small village, Nieu Bethesda which is controlled by rules and regulations that place men and women on different levels. Young Katrina, a coloured women who is Miss Helen’s domestic worker, is being threatened by her drunken husband. Katrina is subjected to the social expectations of society which makes her prone to withstand the unethical treatment of her husband.
In society people with lower economic status always remain under the burden of hatred feeling. They are treated as baseless identities in comparison to individuals who have higher economic place in the society. In her novel The Sari Shop Bajwa also shows the contrast between the economically secure and educated women like Mrs. Sandhu, Mrs. Gupta, Mrs. Bhandari and Mrs. Kapoor who occupy upper sections of society with the economically weaker counterparts like Kamla wife of Chander who belongs to lower stratum of society. The upper class women spend their daily life in gossiping and match making. They have high aspirations and fulfilled dreams.