Although many women did not question that way of life, there were some who hated it. In the article “Women and the Great depression” in the Gilmer Lehrman Institute of American History, Susan Ware wrote, “Women who sought relief or paid employment risked public scorn or worse for supposedly taking jobs and money away from more deserving men.” That quotation puts into perspective how women were treated as inferior to men. Women have also come a long way from the 1930s; they are now able to get almost any job they want. However, there still is a wage gap, and many men think they are better than women. In conclusion, women were not treated as equals to men, but they were still treated better than
It is hard to imagine that anyone could argue the mistreatment experienced by women in the late 1800’s. Men have decided the legal framework within which women could operate. As could be expected, their rights were greatly diminished. As a general rule, they were treated as second rate citizens with little authority to control their own money, property, or even their own bodies. Treatment of women today has changed dramatically from that of the late 1800’s due to the Women’s Suffragette Movement.
The way in which she minimized the female characters in Frankenstein and empowered all male characters also can come across as a silent protest against the conventional stereotypes of gender roles within literature. Due to the contextual time however, Shelley was unable to speak up of her ideas since the rights women's roles in the 18th century were usually confined to them exercising their moral and domestic virtues through housework, religion and charity work and it wasn't until the 1918 (hundred years after Frankenstein was written) that women were given the right to vote and the development of unconventional gender roles begun. There are however certain parts and aspects within some gothic texts that portray women as powerful, not submissive
Puritan women acknowledged little education, but it does not prevent them from writing great pieces of art, like poems, books, etc. In fact, Anne Bradstreet wrote a vast amount of literary works, which exhibited the capacity of women in Puritan time, but their beliefs did not support nor encourage women to express their opinions. Likewise, she uses different writing techniques in her works to mock Puritan beliefs of women being less smart than men. Just like Anne Bradstreet could have the ability to develop great works, any other women
In the first quatrain, the beautiful image of a woman usually created during a romantic poem (i.e, having red lips, pure skin, silky hair) is parodied as he portrays his mistress as plain and not following normal beauty regulations. An example of this begins in the first line when Shakespeare states that his “mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun” (1). Contrasting standard romantic poetry, Shakespeare immediately sets the tone to be perceived as negative by insinuating that his mistress’ eyes do not shine. Every line in this quatrain includes a direct comparison like this which begins by describing something beautiful to be compared to, then shifts the tone to express that she is unlike that characteristic. For example, he begins line 2 using the language of “coral” to describe her lips, but the tone is shifted when he says that
Therefore, William Shakespeare shows how the feminist perspective is not the best lens to view modern literature in his play “Othello”, when Shakespeare shared through Othello in Act 3 when he speaks to Iago that “The man whose wife has been unfaithful lives happily as long as he does not love his wife” (Shakespeare, 127). Likewise, this quote shows how the feminist perspective might not show us how women were treated in the 1600s; this scene explains how men were not expected to love their wife and not expected to care. He is allowed to be happy as long as he didn’t love his wife. This is absorbing because we can see in modern days that men expect women to love them even if they don’t. Lastly, women then and now are expected to love their husbands even if they aren’t being treated right whereas men don’t need to love their wife if they don’t want
1920’s: Women’s Suffrage Alice Paul once said; “There will never be a new world order until woman are part of it.” In this quote the women’s right leader refers to how women are important to society. Society need women because of their capacity in a smartest way to take decisions. Unfortunately back to the 1920s man did not think women were necessary, in fact that all the women were being excluded from politics, sports, jobs and education. Women’s suffrage struggled with not only being accepted in society in daily activities, but fighting for the right to vote, the access to higher education, being excluded from jobs, equal payment opportunities, and sports activities. On the 1920s the right to vote was not designated for women.
In “Rappaccini’s Daughter,” Giovanni sees and becomes interested in Beatrice who has a poisonous touch that prevents them from truly being together. Hawthorne creates similar characters in these two short stories to state that women are pure, flaws are human, and the flaws have motives of their own. A main theme in Hawthorne’s works is women are pure. This is the case for these two short stories as Georgiana and Beatrice both listen intently to their male counterparts and lack the flaws that the men in their stories contain. Georgiana is supportive of her husband’s decision to attempt to rid her of her birthmark and even as she questions it, she ponders the happiness it would bring
Does “Pride and Prejudice” written by Jane Austen, reinforce or erode sexist stereotypes of women? The story was written in the nineteenth century, an era when men and women had a structured stereotypical role. There is no erode sexist, however, reinforce sexist is present. Women had a very specific role in society and their status was based mainly on the family’s fortune. In the case of the Bennet daughter’s, their father had a small yearly income, therefore, being less favorable to marry to a higher social class.
Three social issues that concerned the Enlightenment thinkers during the 18th century are equality between men and women, equal education and job opportunities, and equal protection under law. Although these issues did not impact ALL of the Enlightenment thinkers directly, they all were associated in a sub-topic in each of the issues. Equality was an issue because women were not getting the same opportunities in the workforce, in government say, and even anything in law. For example, under the law, women had little protection, they could not retain a lawyer, inherit property, vote, or even have rights over their own children. One of the Enlightenment thinkers discusses these problems rather well.