Chopin was motivated by Maupassant who escaped from authority and tradition to look into his life and discover himself. Edna is seen as a deviant from the societal norms in the 1800s culture and partially contributed to the making of the current day woman. Women’s Rights, Femininity, and Motherhood In the 1800s femininity was defined and controlled with severity; the young women faced numerous rules and restrictions as they grew up from one stage to the other. Women could not participate in social functions like voting, hold property, and could also not file for divorce. There were also other intangible social restrictions; women could not expose their bodies to the sun, they were not allowed to be too warm or too cold, women were supposed to desire marriage above all things and tolerate sexual activities.
She uses the metaphor of “eclipse” for marriage. The adjective “soft” with metaphor seems to support marriage tie, but an eclipse itself indicates darkness and reclusion. Dickinson wanted to highlight the insignificance of woman as a result of marriage contract but in a patriarchal society their mindset is that they become superior and significant only by getting married and look down upon the girls just the way the people of heaven give inferior look to the people of earth. This inferior perspective from wife to girl is very ironic because women are in false conscience that they are only acceptable and can enjoy their life when they get married otherwise as a girl they have to face many problems in a society. The poetess is making a feminist point that this concept is wrong and she is of the view that the institution of marriage reduces a woman to a mere object that has to follow blindly the wishes of her husband.
In Indian society, woman occupies a vital position and honoured place. The Vedas glorified women as the mother, the creator, one who gives life and worshipped her as a ‘Devi' or Goddess. But their glorification was rather mythical for at the same time, in India women found herself totally suppressed and subjugated in a patriarchal society. Male violence against women are worldwide phenomenon. Fear of violence is an important factor in the lives of most women.
Women then face a great responsibility in raising their kids for the fact the she don’t have a job for her to cater their needs. That is why these women have strived for gaining equality with men. Opportunities have been held back and were taken away from them just for a fact that they are women. It is because the society sees women and regarded as just for house keep and that they are not capable of doing such manly jobs. Feminism is a movement transitioning and attempting to make the world gender discrimination free and is allowing women to explore and be able to do things or discover the things they never were able to do
Introduction Since the ancient times women suffer from different forms of injustices on account of their sex. Women are suppressed in our patriarchal society. The family is patriarchal, and it exploits various rights of women. Being a woman, the role of woman in society and family has always fascinated me so I have chosen the books that are based on feminist perspectives. Feminism is about getting equal rights and opportunities for women and allowing women to have control over their lives and bodies.
The Feminine Mystique (1963) examines the dehumanizing conditions of middle class American women who were excluded from social and political life to be anchored in their wifely and motherly roles. The book marks the Second Wave of American feminism. Friedan writes, “Their only dream was to be perfect wives and mothers” (61). This meant that the whole of an American woman’s life was meant to attract and keep her husband and serve his and children’s needs. She deals with this painful ordeal of women and clearly brings out the ennui, unhappiness, and the lack of companionship experienced by women in their marriages.
Her view was supported later by the social activist, Marge Piercy ,who attacks men's control over women's role in Woman on the Edge of Time , Vida and Braided lives. She believes that the patriarchal system is something cannot be modified, because male power was at the root of the social construction of gender, and that women's role is not only as child bearers and childrearers,briefly she is against motherhood. Patriarchy as a social system, has forced thoughts and ideals and limited the role of women and the notion that women are only mothers. They should adhere and achieve good motherhood according to these ideals and norms of society. It was the proper job for a woman in Victorian view ,which built ideal motherhood inside the family.
She also records the multifaceted trauma women had faced during the unsettling and devastating day of partition. Each women character represents a way of life. Lenny her mother, her godmother, Shanta the Ayah is the major female voice in the novel. Women once they fall prey to men’s violence like lenny’s Ayah, cannot hope for their restitution to their families. In every situation women has been become the target of exploitation it can be for the sake of family, honour, community and country also.
The novel A Thousand Splendid Suns describes the plight of the Afghan women both under the patriarchal social systems of the Afghan society and the brutal forces of political parties. Hosseini actually gives a message through this novel by showing the power of unity through the main characters, Mariam and Laila. With these two characters he has raised the issue of feminism and gender equity. The novel stresses over the rights of women who are not given access to education and freedom of choice. Male dominance is the major concern that relates this novel to feministic aspect.
Noah O’Niel Thomas Student number:53730879 Assignment 02 second semester Topic: (C) The Road To Mecca (Athol Fugard) The road to Mecca highlights the struggle women had to face in regards to the social expectations, religious beliefs and gender inequalities bestowed upon them. Miss Helen, Elsa and Katrina have different predicaments which pertain to womanhood and societies expectations of them. Women have created their own mindsets which they believe is ideal yet it is through the challenges that life places before them which results in their final outlook on their rights as women. Miss Helen possesses an orthodox way of thinking which constraints her to the expectations of life. Miss Helen values relationships and the seriousness of