Women in the 18th century often did not have a say in life decisions. They were subjected to the whims of the men around them. In the classic novel, Candide, by Voltaire, the main love interest, Cunegonde, is the victim of this time period. When she is reunited with Candide, she decides to tell him her “story” after he was booted out of the house by her father. Cunegonde essentially divulges that men were imposing their thoughts on her without care for her feelings.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams both feature a character who is unwilling to let go of the past. In The Great Gatsby, we see that Gatsby, the main character’s neighbor, longs for the love that he used to have with a girl he met before going off to war, Daisy. In “The Glass Menagerie” Amanda Wingfield, the mother of the Tom Wingfield the main character, is always rambling on about the past relationships she had. She only knew how to talk about that, and so it was the focus of each conversation she had. We see both, Gatsby and Amanda, not being able to move on from something that they cherished so much but that is long gone now.
For example, Maya’s marriage with Tosh was something she didn’t expect to happen or was necessarily looking for, but this failed relationship made a crucial impact on her which led her to the successful life she had later on. Since Maya was little, she was cautious about love and just the word itself made her anxious. In “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” she tells the story of receiving a Valentine’s Day card from a boy named Tommy Valdon. When
Infidelity forms a large part of Molly Bloom’s character arc. So much that throughout the novel we get snippets of information about her through the eyes of men she has allegedly been involved with intimately and from her own husband who lists her numerous alleged lovers. Even when she finally gets her own chapter, which although gives us a much fuller portrait of Molly, it again is largely concerned with her intimate relationships with various men. Joyce based Molly on his own wife Nora Barnacle, who, owing to malicious slander, he for some time believed to be unfaithful. Therefore, Molly’s portrayal as an adulterous wife might have been an attempt on Joyce’s part to try to understand better how a woman can be unfaithful and still love her husband (although Nora herself disagreed with Joyce’s portrayal of the female psyche: “He knows nothing at all about women” [Ellmann 629]).
Chopin expresses two types of love in the story “ Desiree’s Baby”, unconditional and conditional love. Armand shows both unconditional and conditional love toward Desiree; at the beginning his love for her was real, but after being gender bias he began to manipulate her and show conditional love. Ways Armand showed conditional love began after he thought she was black, he told her she had to leave. Desiree asked “Do you want me to go?” and Armand responded,“Yes, I want you to go.” (3) In addition to, he ignored her when she tried to talk to him and was answering with short responses. Additionally, he cheated on her with another woman as depicted from the story.
None of the four lovers know who they truly love and they are always fighting over each other when they don’t even know who they love. Marriages in society are the same way, young teens tend to like one person for a little while and then move on to another person just as the four lovers did. All couples argue and fight over each other until they are content with who they are in love with. Lysander quotes his view on love like "You’ve pretended to be in love with her, singing fake love songs softly at her window by moonlight"( l. i. 30.)
"Resurrecting Mingus" is about a young woman named Mingus Janay Browning who is lost in a world full of lust, spite, vengeance, oblivion. She is a single 29-year-old lawyer who has her life well-balanced until her older sister Eva who reveals to Mingus that their father, Carl, has indeed been cheating on their mother Ellie. Mingus could not believe that her father had an affair behind her mother 's back after thirty-five years of marriage. She decides to pursue speaking to Ellie about the situation, whom she is not very close with compared to Ellie. When she speaks to her mother she urges her to file for a divorce.
Although in Fragments 130 and 31, Sappho doesn’t directly tell the person who she’s admiring but instead keeps her feelings to herself. Meanwhile the Shulamite and her lover are both aware of each other feelings. The Song of Songs is described as a poem that expresses the sexual awaken or even yearning between two lovers. However in ancient Jerusalem it could be considered as an illicit relationship since both lovers were not married. In Hebrew culture women were expected to be virgins before they got married.
What had how long it takes a birch to rot To do with what was in the darkened parlor? You couldn’t care!” (92-97). Amy’s words were very crucial to their argument because it explained how the conflict between the two of them started; the husband making idle talk with her as if he was a different person while burying their child. The husband grew accustomed to his son’s death and argued with his wife about why he should not have to talk about his own son in front her. However, the wife continued to grieve over her son’s death and bickered with her husband about his calmness at their son’s passing, as if it did not involve or affect him.
A Doll’s House is a short play by Henrik Ibsen. The plot revolves around a married woman, Nora Helmer, and how she borrowed money to save her husband, Torvald Helmer’s life when he was very ill. On a day before Christmas, Linde, Nora’s high-school friend and widow, visits as she is hoping to find a job. Nora tells Linde of what she has done as proof that she has been through rough times and still is until now because her husband is assigned bank director. Krogstad, the man that lend the money to Nora, is about to get fired by Torvald because of his infamous reputation at the bank. This causes him to threaten Nora and expose her secret to her husband unless he gets his job back.