Hysteria was considered a medical condition which rendered a woman incapable of reason or generally thinking like an adult. However, because of societal standards at this time, women were already typically treated like children. In the “Yellow Wallpaper”, Charlotte Perkin Gilman criticizes infantilism of women in Victorian society through Jane’s childlike actions, John’s interactions with her, and the symbolism of her staying in the nursery. Throughout the story, Jane is compared to, or acts like a child. On page three of the text, Gilman writes that Jane used to be easily entertained by blank walls and furniture than most children could find in toy stores.
Recalling the legend of Pandora’s Box, and how this short story was written in response to that - Ferre’s feminist views were exemplified in this work. From the start of the story, to the latter half each relationship between a man and woman was misogynistic. Whether the relationship be between the older doctor, and the aunt or the young doctor and the youngest niece - Ferre’s story discusses cleary her views of exploited women.Not only is the exploitation of women common in society - it was extremely prevalent during which Ferre wrote “The Youngest Doll” After conducting a close reading of excerpts from page five to page six, Ferre’s message became clear. From an analysis of the youngest niece and young doctor’s marriage, discussing the young doctor’s character as misogynistic, and exploring the doll as a physical manifestation of exploited women, key elements of femininity and gender roles encouraged a dynamic understanding this
When I read the poem “Girl,” I felt as if the mother was represented as an unpleasant figure. The fact that the poem was written all in one sentence and had many amounts of commas told me that the girl was constantly told what to do one command after the other. These commands were told in a way that wouldn’t let the girl think of anything otherwise, the voice of the mother has now replaced the voice in the girl’s head, which meant that when she would make a decision her mother 's voice is the one that she will be referred to. However, on the positive aspect, it seems as if the mother was trying to raise a well-rounded child to grow into a respected woman. I see what she’s doing as tough love, a mother who makes sure that she is strict with her child.
The authors, The Boston Women’s Health Book Collective (BWHBC), included all aspects of women 's health such as abortion, childbearing, birth control, and lesbianism as they believed that with knowledge, women would develop agency and be better equipped to deal with their health. Wendy Kline argues that for women who did not have access to women’s health groups or other feminist groups, reading Our Bodies, Ourselves, allowed them to see themselves as part of the movement. As women responded to the book, similarities were highlighted and it drew particular attention to the systemic nature of the medical mistreatment of women. Women told a variety of different stories, but all emphasized a feeling of violation, the mistreatment of women, and need for change. Responses also recommended what topics should be covered and demanded inclusivity.
In the first line of the poem she states, “I have gone out, a possessed witch,” which sets up the tone for the poem. She uses a lot of imagery and metaphors to show the reader the journey the woman has gone through. The “witch” is “a metaphor for every woman who happens to share her feelings and position in life,” (Shmoop Editorial Team). Sexton also uses repetition in the words “I have been her kind” to help further the point that the woman speaks for many other women. In line twenty, Sexton states “A woman like that is not ashamed to die” and this shows how women are, but not afraid of, being persecuted by society.
Thomas, Harper Lee’s novel addresses the same concern because Scout’s family, especially her aunt and women in Maycomb, put a heavy weight on Scout’s shoulder on . In To Kill A Mockingbird, to fit with the rest of the world, Scout transformed from a girl to a young lady due to gender roles because of the society's
As the narrator tells her story we visualize from her perspective of life back in the 1900’s , the women in the book changes dramatically from the first time we meet each other well every other character stays the same. If this short story were to be told by another character it would not be as real and understanding to the book this reason being said the narrator has more of a connection to the book because of how women were treated during this time. If a person with no connection to this time and with no experience to the women society in the 1900’s would have written about a woman who sits in a chair all day staring at the yellow wallpaper then goes mad for no reason. Only from the narrator 's perspective can we only see the truth, not madness, but
In this novel ‘The Magic ToyShop’, our young protagonist Melanie a 15year old little girl dreams and fantasizes about the self. Her dreams twined with her fate, walk her through her destiny. The novel commences with Melanie’s desire to wear her mother’s wedding dress. Her desire and curiosity to feel like a woman, to feel like a naughty little princess provokes her to sneak into her parents’ room the day parents are out of the home. This emotion she goes through would be Carl Jung’s example of steering
Each of her poems are crafted around the normality of women and the tragic role that commodity plays within the history of women. The issue of objectification and rejection is addressed and carefully illustrated within her work. For example her poem entitled “Crow’s Sugar”speaks of the commodification of women through the issue of virtue and how it is seen in the eyes of men. Within her poem she states the following “The other boy said you wasn’t worth your salt if you wasn’t tasting me, I hid my virginity underneath my shirt” (Lines 20-21). Virginity and sex with a woman is not seen as a privilege it is seen as a right, to be taken and conquered rather than praised and appreciated.
In “The Yellow Wallpaper” the theme could be the questioning of the position of women within the institution of marriage, especially the subordination of women in marriage as the society then already held women in such tight social constructs. The narrator bound in this role of submissive is due to her husband and is her doctor gives him more power over to decide for her, having superior wisdom and maturity that leads him to misjudge, and even patronize, dominate his wife, all in the name of “helping” her. The narrator is reduced to acting like a cross, petulant child, unable to stand up for herself without seeming unreasonable or disloyal. Even if he loves towards her this power ultimately leads her to