In that case, women would have to care for the ill person and pick up the chores around the person’s home that they were staying at as well. Unfortunately, the caregiver’s housework only hoarded in her absence from home. When husbands or older children fell ill, the caregiver had to add the patient’s chores to their own list of duties (47). When a husband who was the wage earner for the family became ill, the wife would often search for a job herself. The wife would then have the responsibilities of working, housework and caregiving all at once (48).
Most women were brought up to support her husband and look after her home and children; her time was always contributed to her home. As the women would always be in the house they would barely go out. The odd occasion would consist of going to the shop or going to visit the neighbor, even though they were minor trips a women would need a chaperone to take her out of the house, this would consist of the husband or brother, or even another female, but a women would never go out by herself. Women were expected to act in an appropriate restrained way than men. This would include men spitting, swearing, smoking and drinking alcohol.
Feeling like she is not good enough, Rayona goes out of her way to get his attention and make him want to be with her. About this, Rayona says, “I have tried things on Dad…tears, good grades, writing letters, getting him presents…He’d smile or send me a postcard or promise to call tomorrow and then weeks would pass” (9). Ray’s mom, on the other hand, is present in her life and takes care of her daughter, but Rayona is still often alone. Leaving Rayona at home by herself, her mother goes out and parties. When Ray’s mother, Christine, sneaks out of the hospital, she plans to drive to Tacoma to kill herself and leave Rayona behind.
In the poem “Marks” written by Linda Pastan, the speaker gives the reader an insight as to how her family views her as a mother and wife. Her family grades her on her duties and responsibilities based on what they believe is a good mom and wife. Each family member grades the speaker in different ways. Her daughter believes in a pass or fail grading system, her son believes in below average, average, or above average system, and her husband believes in the letter grade system. The speaker’s final response to her family’s constant judgment is in the last line of the poem in which she says, “I’m dropping out.” This poem focuses on a woman who is fed up with her family’s constant judgment of her as a wife and a mother.
What Defines Your Role In Henrik Ibsen’s “Ghosts” the psychological and social conditions of the characters start off with a tremendous amount of complexity and unknown factors. Throughout the play things become uncovered which results in major controversy. Mrs. Alving, a woman with much pride, is a typical good wife who will go through any extremity to have her family perceived as anything but dysfunctional. For a short period of time Mrs. Alving left her duties as a wife but soon returned back with her husband even through the sinful demeanor that causes marital turmoil for the rest of their lives. After some time of internally struggling to decide whether to tell a major bombshell to Pastor Manders, she confides in the Pastor revealing the unspoken truth of the Alving’s servant Regina.
If their house needs to fix a fan, a roof, or an electric repair, they would help their wife. At that time, men were always having a job that is made money. Unlike men, women at that time had to work a lot. They woke up early in the morning to cook breakfast and lunch for their husband and their children. They had to clean up their house, go to the market, and take care of the animals.
ENGL 210 February 12, 2009 Family Matters In Eudory Welty’s short story “Why I live at the P.O.,” the narrator, Sister, complains about her family not giving her the respect she wants. Hard working and very family oriented, Sister struggles to find her place within the circle of her family, but is unsuccessful. To make things worse, Sister’s sister, Stella-Rondo, returns to the home with a daughter. The conflict starts at the beginning with Sister and Stella-Rondo. The story states “ I was getting along find with Mama, Papa- Daddy, and Uncle Rondo until my sister Stella-Rondo just separated from her husband and came back home again.” Stella-Rondo has come home with a child who she claims is adopted.
Throughout the story, readers gradually learn that the narrator is an imaginative woman who is suffering from mental breakdown and post-partum depression. As the story progresses, she is absorbed into the yellow wallpaper and sinks into her inner fascination. More importantly, readers can see that the narrator is always controlled by her husband, which she is not allowed to do certain things. In the story The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Gilman, it illustrates that women in the 19th century are oppressed by the men and were expected to be obedient to their husband. Gilman shows the male perception throughout the conversations because the narrator explains that whatever she says, John shrugs away her sickness of being too nervous.
They had to stay at home doing nothing but bringing up children, cooking, doing the housework, serving their husbands and being perfect wives. Men placed these roles upon women, and I think nowadays most men still think that women’s roles are the ones I have just mentioned. In my essay, I am going to try to illustrate these gender roles with some examples. Jane, the protagonist of the novel, the title character, has to face many difficulties throughout her life. First of all, she is an orphan because her parents died of typhus.
The other problem of having too many children is that married couple has no more time to take care of each other result in divorce. Parents have to spend a lot of time to look after their children such as taking them to school, and they have to do their jobs at the same time. As a result, family problems will occur. For example, a mother has a regular job, a serious job, which works at 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Then, when she go back to her home, she have to prepare dinner, teach her kids to do homework, clean her house, and prepare her paperwork for tomorrow morning meeting. In the other