“How does this add to your understanding of women’s role within society at this time?” In this passage, Curley’s Wife is confiding in Lennie. A few lines into the extract, she asks Lennie “Ain’t I got a right to talk to nobody?”- Which could show that women at this time were told what to do, and whom they were allowed to talk to by their husbands. Women at this time were seen as having a lower status than men. Obviously Curley’s Wife does not love her husband, which is delicately shown when she tells Lennie “I don’t like Curley, he’s not a nice fella.” It is noticeable that Curley’s Wife does not have a name throughout the novel. She is only addressed as “Curley’s Wife” – her real name is never said.
How does Austen tell the story in the opening chapters of Pride and Prejudice? Austen uses Characters to introduce the characters and their relationships. Austen focus’s on the relationship between Mr and Mrs Bennet giving us an insight into their marriage as in Chapter One Mrs Bennet is encouraging her husband to visit Mr Bingley however Mr Bennet argues against his wife merely to antagonise her as he appears to get humour from it whereas Mrs Bennet doesn’t seem to see this and continuously argues with him getting more and more flustered. Mr and Mrs Bennet have an unconventional relationship in which they never appear to share loving encounters preferring to argue or bicker. Mr Bennet continuously provokes his wife knowing she will take the bait as Mrs Bennet gets easily flustered and aggravated.
This suggests that in the court women are seen as the possession of men, they are the possession of their father until they marry the man her father deems suitable, then the ‘burden’ is passed unto the husband. This shows that in the court women have no power and that the men rule over them. Theseus also says if Hermia refuses to marry the man she will “either to die the death, or to abjure forever the society of men”. This shows the consequences there are if one goes against the hierarchy and rules of the court. It also shows how much more important men are to women as it says “either to die the death”, which suggests that
Her disagreement with Elizabeth over this idea reveals another reason for marrying. Elizabeth has a more romantic view and claims that Charlotte’s opinion ‘is not sound’. It should be noted, however, that the desire to marry for no other reason than financial security is shown in the novel to be held by men as well as women. Colonel Fitzwilliam, Darcy’s cousin, states that he has to marry with some attention to money’. This is because the family estate will pass to his brother.
This is important because the perspective may otherwise be swayed against the main characters who are committing adultery. If the readers got to know the protagonist’s family better they may not be able to empathize with the character and may miss the romance of the affair. In Oates’ version Anna’s guilt is sufficient in allowing the reader to recognize what type of affair it is without forcing the reader to focus on how dirty the affair is or cause the reader to empathize with her husband, who the reader does not get to know intimately. On the same subject Chekhov’s version only describes Gurov’s wife by stating “she was a tall, erect woman with dark eyebrows, stately and dignified and, as she said of herself, intellectual.” This helps the readers stay unattached to Gurov’s family, allowing them to see the affair with less prejudice keeping the focus on the romantic love story. Joyce Oates’ “The Lady with the Pet Dog” has a confusing structure, bouncing time around in a circle like a movie script.
King Lear says to his daughters ‘if it be you that stirs these daughters’ hearts against their father’ which shows how he feels betrayed: a feeling he may have not felt if he had not been so foolish to dismiss Cordelia for her honesty. Cordelia, however, plays a smaller role in the first few Acts of the play as she is disowned by her father and is not visited. Gonerill and Regan are both cruel father and do not have the same loyalty we get the impression as Cordelia does. Cordelia says at the beginning of the play ‘what shall Cordelia speak, love and be silent’ which shows that she loves her father however doesn’t feel she should lie about how much she loves her father. This truthfulness however lands her in a bad place as she is disowned by her father for not professing her love.
Jennifer Hare Professor Penelope Deutscher Philosophy 230 / Gender Studies 233 17 April 2012 Assignment #1, Question 6: The Paradox of Rousseau’s Roles for Women In Rousseau’s Emile, he describes the prescribed roles for women to serve their husbands by remaining appealing and creating a proper familial environment as being based on natural feminine characteristics. However, his argument is inherently paradoxical, because women must artificially feign and amplify these characteristics in order to successfully fulfill their prescribed roles. Rousseau bluntly states his role for women on page 322 by proposing that, “woman is specially made for man’s delight”. His view is that women’s role should be, “to be pleasing in his [man’s] sight…to train him in childhood, to tend him in manhood, to consel and console, to make his life pleasant and happy, these are the duties of woman for all time” (328). Rousseau justifies this role by testifying that, “this is not the law of love, but it is the law of nature, which is older than love itself” (322).
One commentary said about “An Ideal Husband” that “when the truth of their large or small sins came to the surface, their careers and reputations were compromised or ruined". Sir Robert’s past actions which made him so powerful catch up with him. This is also applicable to Helmer in “A Doll’s House” who, although he does not obtain the money from Krogstad, he does ignore his wife’s warnings about firing Krogstad. Ironically, both Wilde and Ibsen show that it was both men who caused the letters, and therefore their downfall, to
She is first mentioned in the narrative when Candy describes her togeorge. Candy uses expressions such as “shes got the eye” and goes on the eventually call her a “tart”. Throughout Candy's description description we develop an intitional perception of Curleys wife as flirtatious and even promiseuous. Stienbeck makes the reader prejudiced towards Curley's Wife. Therefore as the character developes, we feel guilty ae even 'learn our lesson'.
Nora hesitantly says, “It’s something I should dearly love to say, if Torvald could hear me… No, I daren't; it's so shocking” (1. 604-607). Nora in her drunken stupor believes that she is untouchable and abuses this position by almost revealing her true relationship with Krogstad to Torvald. After Mr. Helmer walks into the scene, in the following monologue we see Nora scolding herself for almost revealing the truth “too soon”, before she was in the actual seat of power. Nora noticing her new position of power led to her abusing it.