How are these stressors affecting Jennifer’s self-concept and self-esteem? Jennifer’s self-esteem has been lower because she doesn’t see her husband much and she has suffer the loss of a baby. When you have a miscarriage it is a blow to your self-esteem because it’s supposed to be the one thing that every woman can do. You need a few things to make it throw a miscarriage your husband for support and she doesn’t have his support as much as she may need it because she has to commute to and from work. Next after a miscarriage you suffer from wanting to replace the baby you lost with becoming pregnant again Jennifer is under great pressure just
However, beneath her facade, Jeanette begins to realize that her father doesn’t have the strength of character to stay sober. By the section’s end some of Jeannette’s naiveté has faded. She matures enough to be able to distinguish between the ‘good’ times and the ‘bad,’ instead of the thrilling adventure her parents try to convince her she is living. She knows all families do not live as hers does. Character: Rose Mary: It is hard to take pity on Rose Mary because at this point in the novel she becomes very self-centered.
In the time of Gilead, the women were taken from their homes where they were brainwashed by speeches from their “Aunts” who argued that “such a social order ultimately offers the women more respect and safety then the old, pre-Gilead society offered them” (Sparknotes). In their new age, they’re simply used to run errands and bear children in the homes of Commanders that have trouble conceiving with their wives. They are fed small bits of information on what is going on in the Republic and are expected to be content with just that. Offred spends a great amount time thinking of her old life with her husband, Luke, and their young daughter. Then, one night her Commander asks to see her privately where they play Scrabble (which is illegal because in Gilead, women are not allowed to read) and she is allowed to look at old magazines; to conclude these secret encounters, the Commander asks Offred to kiss him.
I believe that when they first got married there was some kind of love in their relationship, but when they realized they could not conceive a child Don Elias blamed his wife. Even though it was most likely he was the infertile one, he treated her as if all she was good for was to take care of him like a maid. This is what made her a hard, bitter old woman. Dona Matilida believes it was her fault, and feels guilty about not being able to provide him with a child he so greatly desired. This caused her to turn a blind eye to what he was doing around town with other women.
She also brings up throughout the writing how she and her friends discussed entering a relationship or marriage with belief of co-parenting was attainable. She discusses equality in the household and how it takes both to obtain it but there are sides that will be out weighing the other. Hope brings up the fact of how when she was a child her mother would stay at home full time and maintain the house while her father was always out working to provide for the family and that she rarely saw him. She compared that to her marriage currently and they see how women are offered all the same opportunities now so that should help to create co-parenting, where parents work and both parents try to help take care of the household . She realizes that it isn't as easy as it sounds Hope brings up the miscommunications between the two of them.
And this contrasts with how she felt when she belonged and had her identity in America. However, Betty chose to convert for her husband as she loved him; however the shift in the attitude towards her husband decreased immensely as he started to treat her as an outcast and she never achieved the sense of belonging within the family. Betty and Elizabeth Proctor both respect the religions and cultures they have. However, Moody’s family are only interested in her as the mother of her husband’s child; her role appears as to be the infidel mother of an Islamic daughter, and never belonged within the family. In the scene where Moody tells Betty that they’re staying at Tehran she replies “You lied to me, you held the Koran and you swore to me that nothing was going to happen, you were planning this all the time.
Because of discrimination against women rights, and how society view women is nothing much than their sex slaves, Elizabeth suffered from great loss of family and love. From her experience of giving a birth to a dead baby to the point of becoming a sex worker, it perishes her hope of living in a comfortable and pleasing life. The absence of love for Elizabeth causes her to suffer from grief and catastrophe. Society against women rights prevents Elizabeth to speak up for her tragedy because she has no place and no one to blame to. Instead, she has to endure all the horrifying loss from both society and
She understood that her father only wanted the best for her, but she was discomforted by the idea that her dad was promoting her around and trying to recruit a husband for her. As if she couldn’t find a husband herself. These types of things showed Sayeed that women in her culture did not have much say in who they married or when they were ready to be married, because the father usually sets everything up for them. This was a big inequality between men and women because the women were not even allowed to choose who and when they wanted to marry. Also, women in her culture had to cover themselves up, in order to show modesty and self-protection, which she thought to be an unequal hierarchy.
He emphasizes how many women are seen as the caretakers of the family. Yet not satisfied with this role, Rodriguez says “But lots of us know of moms who are sick and tired of being mom, or only mom…Today there are moms who don’t want their husbands’ names. And the most disturbing possibility: What happens when Mom doesn’t want to be Mom at all? Refuses pregnancy?” Rodriguez speaks about the pressure society puts upon humans to be a certain way or rather to fit into a norm. He challenges this idea by hypothetically giving a situation where a woman does not want to be stereotyped into a category and does not want to fit in with how gender roles are “supposed” to be.
Kimsey's mother values money. She doesn't work at all and she forced her daughter to work as a prostitute to earn a living. She complains when her daughter doesn't get enough money and gets mad for a reason that her daughter is having a good time while she's left at home taking care of her granddaughter. This makes the viewers feel anger to Kimsey's mom because she doesn't appreciate the sacrifices of her daughter. Kimsey's values are completely different to her mom.