In a way, Shakespeare is implying that when women are allowed to make their own decisions and do what they want, it never results in anything beneficial. Gertrude chose her new king and in the process contributed immensely to the downfall of her son, Hamlet. On the other hand, Ophelia, Hamlet’s lover, is the perfect model for a young lady in those days. When her father advises her to steer clear of Hamlet, she immediately obeys him. She does what she is told, not questioning why, but accepting that that is the way that things are to be.
Even though it is a considered a satirical look at women, “Epistle 2. To a Lady” uses satire to acknowledge his compassion for the current day issues of women. He contrasts men and women in this poem, “In men, we various ruling passions find; In women, two almost divide the kind;” making fun of the current roles men and women play. He writes of women’s desire to have what men have yet he contradicts his writing, “Experience, this; by man’s oppression cursed, they seek the second not to lose the first……Yet mark the fate of a whole sex of queens! Power all their end, but beauty all the means.” He writes that they want the same rights and opportunities afforded men, but still use their “womanly” virtues to get what they want.
Even though Mrs. Reed promised her deceased husband that she would care for Jane as if she was one of her own children, Mrs. Reed encourages everyone in the house to never hesitate to tell Jane that she is a failure in everything she does. At the young age that Jane is, she should not yet be self conscious of her appearance and concerned about her level of beauty, yet she becomes “humbled by the consciousness of physical inferiority to Eliza, John, and Georgiana Reed” (Bronte 7). The Reed family fits into the stereotype of inner beauty not matching outer beauty; they are extremely rich and beautiful, yet they lack basic levels of compassion.
This sexism is portrayed through Daisy’s thoughts about her daughter, “I’m glad it’s a girl. And I hope she’ll be a fool --- that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.” (Fitzgerald 17). During this time, men are better than women in the “financial” area; that is why Daisy hopes that with her daughter’s beauty will help her find a man who will be able to support her financially. Daisy also hopes that her daughter will be dumb enough -- “a fool” -- so that this sexism and its’ limitation won’t bother her. In relation to today, most immigrants that come into America end up with very little power and rights, just like women in the
Entertaining discussion with Neil over the beauty of a visiting mistress, Mrs. Forrester comments that the girl is “considered pretty,” purposefully omitting her opinion to implicitly imply that the girl is not pretty in the eyes of Mrs. Forrester (28). By specifically using “considered,” Mrs. Forrester only furthers Cather’s argument that perfection is subjective as the girl is flawed to Mrs. Forrester (28). Instead of highlighting her impolite behavior, Neil takes it in stride and later tells her that she is still “lovely” (30), even after realizing that, whenever Mrs. Forrester describes other women, “she always made fun of them a little” (28). By creating the contrast from a young idealistic Neil desiring to see the best in Mrs. Forrester and the older Neil wishing for things to stay “the same,” Cather draws a distinction between idealism drawn from hope compared to idealism drawn from complacency, harping on Neil’s desire to maintain his ideals even after realizing its flaws
In contrast, Lydia Bennet is young, immature and blinded by the idea of being admired. Elizabeth Bennet, on the other hand, refuses to marry for money, and only considers a marriage with mutual compatibility. Consequently, Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice focuses on women and their distinct outlooks regarding marriage throughout this era. Charlotte Lucas is a character that gives the most accurate representation of why women marry during this time period. She is a grown, educated woman who lacks beauty and economic stability.
Thus, unlike the characters around her, such as the sneaky minister or the greedy lovers, Hester is the one character who lives by reality instead of appearance. The best example of this is her lifestyle before and after she is shunned. Before her exile, Hester recognizes the unjust nature of the laws around her. She refuses to follow them and present a façade of perfection and happiness. When Dimmesdale demands that she name her baby’s father and promises that her sentence will be lightened as a reward, Hester steadfastly refuses (Hawthorne, 1850).
Lucy exclaims "But I am persuaded, if you wish to lead down the dance of life with regularity, you will not find a more excellent partner than Mr. Boyer. Whatever you can reasonably expect in a lover, husband, or friend, you may perceive it to be united in this worthy man" (Foster 27). This shows how Eliza is expected to be contented and settle down with a decent man and in return be a good wife just like women of the 18th century were indeed likely to do. However, Eliza breaks the widely accepted expectations for women in this time period, which leads to her downfall. The novel presented how women who break out from the norms and push themselves in the boundary of what is only acceptable will meet their
The two girls in the yellow dresses are admiring Jordan, the golden girl, and are jealous of how amazing she looks. Fitzgerald wrote in his novel "Did mother get powder on your old yellowy hair?" (p. 111), talking about Daisy daughter. The only time Daisy’s daughter came into the story Daisy treats her like an object and did not treat her like her daughter. Daisy's life revolves around Daisy, allowing her daughter to come around only when she wanted her to.
During the time period of the novel, women and girls were expected to act “ladylike”. They dressed up in fancy outfits such as dresses, and never wore overalls or breeches, which is what Scout prefers. Girls were stereotypically seen as weaker than boys, and Scout’s brother, Jem makes it evident to Scout when she is acting like a “girl”. Jem shames her by stating, “Scout, I’m tellin’ you for the last time, shut your trap or go home-I declare to the lord you’re getting’ more like a girl everyday!”(Lee 69). When Dill and Jem come up with the idea to walk to the Radley house and look through the window, Scout declares that she thinks it is a bad idea and she begins questioning them.