“As a young girl it was thrilling to see a pretty woman capable of crafting something horrfying and challenging” Mary says. Mary went into a deep depression after she was widowed at the age of 24 she struggled to support herself and her son. She wrote Frankenstein and the monster represented the suppression of women. The women in the book are represented as the treatment of women in the early 1800s which means they were treated as if they were nothing and like property. The death and suffering of the female characters portrays that in the 1800s it was acceptable because they were treated like property.
In her book, "The yellow wallpaper", Charlotte Perkins Gilman presents a protagonist that finds her mental illness voluminously increasing as they are unable to cope with their isolated surroundings as well as the oppression forced upon women stereotypical of 19th century American society. Throughout the book, Gilman utilizes the protagonist 's diary as a lens of consciousness, accounting the events within the story as its reliability becomes unstable and the protagonist, seeps deeper into a delusional state of being. It is through these accounts that the wallpaper evolves in its symbolism, becoming a menacing pattern of confinement, a reflection of her society 's oppression of women that is exemplified by the narrator 's decline in mental
In the “Awakening”, the author, Kate Chopin broke the nineteenth century standards of the ideal woman through the main character Edna Pontellier which sparked a lot of controversy. Mrs. Pontellier throughout the book has a journey of self discovery, as an independent woman who rebels against the social norms by leaving her husband. Chopin reaches out to her audience of women, to stand up against the oppression that they served due to the roles that were pressed upon them as caretakers of the house and as accessories to their husbands. Kate Chopin ended “The Awakening” with the suicide of Mrs. Pontellier because that is how Chopin gave Mrs. Pontellier her freedom, a freedom and rebirth from the harsh society that many women had to live during those times. The ending of the book sparked a lot of controversy over the way that Chopin decided to Edna Pontellier to make Edna commit suicide.
After skimming through Volume 1 of The Norton Anthology Literature by Women, I noticed the reoccurring themes of patriarchy, women subordination, and the strength to be creative despite oppression. During the times that these literary pieces were written, women were constantly battling the patriarchy in order to get basic rights. During the earlier time periods, intelligence was seen as a sign of an evil spirit in a woman, resulting in miniscule amounts of literary works written by women. Women were not provided with equal spaces to creatively express themselves, as mentioned by Virginia Woolf. Moreover, they were not given the same publishing opportunities, many women either went anonymous or by a fake male name to have their works published.
Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, a critic of Swift’s beliefs and the standards placed on women at the time, published letters and poems demonstrating her knowledge and spunk. One such poem, “The Reasons That Induced Dr. Swift to Write a Poem Called the Lady’s Dressing Room,” was written in response to Swift’s “The Lady’s Dressing Room.” Swift’s disgusting poem goes into grotesque detail about the objects in a woman’s dressing room. Montagu’s poem fights against Swift’s assertion that women are disgusting by nature by discussing their disgusting habits as a sort of power play. Montagu, as a non-traditional woman, serves as the underdog seeking power for herself and women in
Curley’s Wife: The Struggle of Getting Out From Her Cage Throughout literature, women who are characterized as shameless temptresses are often the way they are because of a desperation to break away from society’s oppression of low-class, uneducated females. This is never more true than for Curley’s wife in the fictional novella Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Through considerate yet concise descriptions of her fantasy of Hollywood stardom, putting down of others, and attention-seeking ways, Curley’s wife is revealed to be a downtrodden female who suffers from her own internal, emotional conflict. Curley’s wife muses about her Hollywood ideal as a reassurance that she is a woman of worth and potential. She reveals that she “‘met one of
"The Yellow Wallpaper" written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and "The Story of an Hour" written by Kate Chopin were written in the late 1800s. They may seem pretty different at first, but they both discuss women 's confinement in society in the late 1800s. Moreover, while these two stories focus on social status based on gender, in doing so, they bring out the effects of gender roles and gender stereotypes that end in affliction. In the story "The Yellow Wallpaper”, Gilman paints a picture for the reader starting off with the narrator a housewife who feels detached from society due to her husband’s controlling nature. Although they are from the upper class of society and she seems like she has everything such as a colonial mansion and her husband, Dr. John, she still feels lonely and although her
COMPARING AND CONTRASTING THE STORY OF AND HOUR AND THE STORM. Introduction. Kate Choplin a renowned literary figure in writing short stories about women and feminism is the author of “the storm” an “the story of an hour” two stories that demonstrate the unhappiness experienced by two married women .In the two stories, the author uses a different setting, literary elements, plot development ,and characters to tell tales of women and their search for freedom, during a time in which society was marked by extreme male chauvinism.While the story of the storm relates directly to marriage and love as the main barrier of the freedom of women, the story of an hour addresses marriage and love to repression and unhappiness. The “story of an hour” and “the storm” have similarities as well as differences in terms of the setting, the characters used, and the plot. Setting.
“The Yellow Wallpaper” Literary Analysis The “Yellow Wallpaper” is a iconic short story written by Charlotte Perkins, a famous feminist author. The novel takes place the 19th century and deals with the issue of how women dealt with mental health issues, specifically postpartum depression. Back in the 19th century the way physicians dealt with women 's mental health was much different then it is today, back then they believed that the cure for depression was solvable by isolation and rest. As a result many women suffering from postpartum depression were forced into isolation which only made their situation worse. Jane; the narrator of the short story, is one of these woman forced into the rest treatment by her physician husband.
In older societies, many women felt trapped in their place in society and marriage, so who was a voice for them? Kate Chopin was one of the many influential voices for women in her time about women. Chopin wrote many stories that were influenced by experiences she has had in her life. Kate Chopin rebelled against the social roles of women and wrote many stories such as “The Storm” and “The Story of an Hour” that she used to express her own feminist views. First of all, Kate Chopin rebelled against the social roles of women.