An essay collaborating the similarities between The School for Wives, written by Moliere Arnolphe, and Ihara Saikaku’s Life of a Sensuous Woman. The most obvious similarity between The School for Wives and Life of a Sensuous Woman is simply, they are both stories of what a man essentially desires his woman to be. In The School for Wives, Moliere basis the entirety of his story around the ethics of marriage. Though the main personage of this play, Arnolphe, was never married, he claims to be seasoned on the matter of cuckoldry and wiser than that of a man that desires beauty and wit from his significant other. He claims that to find a wife of honor, she needs to posses no other wits about her but essentially only the knowledge of how to sew, pray, and love her husband.
With only having the job as a “happy homemaker” woman in the 1950’s felt dissatisfaction and needed fulfillment in their life other than staying home, and taking care of their families. Consequently, in the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller women were portrayed almost the same way. They both were treated poorly and held a position of that inferior to men. Because, women in the Crucible held no real power or independence they were forced to follow the negative stereotypes of the 1950’s. Women in the 1950’s were expected to stay home, and were more or less left out of everything that were to be of importance.
Identity: the fact of being who or what a person or thing is. John struggles to find his identity because of variables outside of his control...for now. In James Baldwin's autobiographical novel he describes his struggles finding his identity through the character John. Many things affect how identity is shaped by the desire to belong. The three biggest things that shape identity from wanting to belong are family, community, and
At that time, a woman’s life is just like passing from her father’s hand to her husband’s. And the society did not think it was a wrong thing, they still thought women should only pleased their husbands first and they should not to work as men, all their job and duty was to be a good housewife, take care of the whole family. Due to these opinions, most couples in 19th century had no love between each other. Kristina, who married with a rich man to support her mother and two brothers, she had no love to her husband, all she wants was support her poor family. But now, she becomes a widow, her husband and mother died and her brothers were grow up, she does not need to support any one more, she does not need to live for any one more.
Women carry out the triple burden in the household; the domestic labour, emotional labour, and paid labour. As shown in the item most of this work is ‘unpaid and hardly recognised work at all’. Oakley argues the only way women will gain independence and freedom in society is for the role of the housewife to be removed aswell as the present structure of the family. Wilmott and Young believed the family is symmetrical and that both husband and wife have joint conjugal roles making the family a functional institution and their research showed that men do help women with housework. Radical feminists such as Dobash and Dobash also disagree with Willmott and Young’s theory that the family is symmetrical.
As an Iraqi women living in El Nahra, in 1954 and having befriended an American woman such as Beeja, I would have learned a great deal about the customs of American women; however, I would still struggle with understanding the customs of the United States and the reasons why they do what they do. First off, Iraqi woman are hard-working, devoted wife’s and mothers, good cooks and housekeepers, quiet, obedient companions to their husband, and our reputation for fidelity is un-reproachable. American women do not care for their own mothers, can’t cook, can’t clean, are not obedient to their husbands, and are very provocative. They don’t even where the Abaya and an “uncovered women is an immoral women” (pg. 6).
Husbands went to work in the corrupt world of industry, so they were meant to come home, decompress, and once again become attuned with their compassionate side. Muted colors and soft, ornate fabrics were in fashion for interior design and this was no accident. This style was meant to accentuate the calm and quiet atmosphere that was expected at home (“True Womanhood”). The woman was nothing more than just another beautiful accessory that every household was expected to have. A woman’s typical day differed based on her social standing.
In Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, Edna’s suicide allows her to escape the oppression of Creole culture. During the time period of the novel a woman was expected to remain submissive at all times. Society and her husband placed these expectations on a woman and she was expected to give her life to her family and do everything in her power to please them. Her children must be her utmost pride and joy and her husband must be the center of her universe, but for Edna this was not the case. Edna did not believe that one must give oneself up for the satisfaction of their family; she believed that every woman should be in control of the decisions she makes.
Identity Struggles in The Great Gatsby and Mrs. Dalloway F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway both present the argument that our surroundings, physical environment and human relationships impact the notion of self or personal identity. Furthermore, they both claim that society acts as a mirror, and that in life, humans cannot fully understand their identity until they see it reflected back to us by the mirror of others, at which time they are able to internalized it and reflect upon it. This theme is prominent throughout both novels, and is reflected in the actions of nearly all of the characters. It is especially evident, however, in the characters of Septimus and Clarissa in Mrs. Dalloway, as well as Gatsby and Nick in The Great Gatsby. Overall, through characterization and insight into past experiences of characters, both authors introduce the notion that outside factors such as location and relationships influence one’s concept of their personal identity, and thus society serves as a mirror for self-identity.
Throughout life, people create an identity for themselves, made by attitude, actions, and beliefs. Some people are ostracized and criticized for their actions, and sometimes their response and choices afterwards as well, this being quite evident in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, with the protagonist Hester Prynne. This character is a prime example of creating a contradictory image of what others believe, based on what they have either seen or heard. Throughout the novel, Hester creates an identity contradictory to the scarlet letter she wears. She becomes an example of an honest, hard-working member of society with her attitude, actions, and parenting.