We see this topic unmistakably apparent in Catherine Earnshaw's forbidden love for Heathcliff because of the society's social ranking. As well, it is also seen in Catherine's daughter, Catherine Linton and the love between her and Hareton Earnshaw. The novel is set at a time when traditional social structure and the relationship of the classes are changing. Mr. Earnshaw goes to Liverpool one day and he comes home with Heathcliff, who was an orphan boy, and they adopt him. Though Heathcliff and Catherine become the best of friends, Hindley does not take kindly to Heathcliff becoming part of the family.
She is the second daughter of a country gentleman who risks poverty if she does not find a husband who can provide for her as her father cannot pass on his estate or the house to her. Getting a job and supporting herself is not really an option for a proper young lady at that time. However, as being highly independent and intelligent, Elizabeth opts to make her own marriage decision in looking for love and companionate marriage. Undoubtedly, it is being in opposition to the common reality during the early 19th-century England that women who lack of fortune need to marry ‘well.’ By ‘well,’ it means wealthy. For example, turning down Mr. Collins may demonstrateher as a no-brainer woman among the society at that time.
John separates Jane from the rest of the Reed children due to her relying on the Reeds to keep her well as well as her being an orphan. Not only is Jane being discriminated against by John but also his mother "Mama says; you have no money; your father left you none; you ought to beg". This demonstrates how, even though Mrs Reed is Jane's aunt, she is still tormented by her and her children as Mrs Reed allows them to bully Jane. The fact that Jane is an orphan and is separated from her 'family' reflects the society she lives in and how she has no power against the upper class and patriarchal male just like her having no power in the Reeds household. Women and children were treated the same in the Victorian era; they were to be seen and not heard.
Neither Blanche nor Stella knows about the code, which reinforces this stereotype. Although Blanche partially goes against this image by having a full education and even a job prior to coming to New Orleans, she is almost broke when she arrives which suggests that women cannot gain financial stability without men. Although perhaps intentional to some extent, Blanche also conforms to this general image of women by not showing any interest to the paperwork of the plantation, referring to them as a “bunch of old papers” and handing them to Stanley to keep in his “big, capable hands” (Williams 141). Stella follows the general stereotype of the period of women
Like most African society where such choices are made for the girl child, which usually results in the breakdown of law and order at the home front, Geronte insists that her daughter be married to Horace, a wealthy merchant’s son while Leandre-Lucinde’s heartthrob faces the threat of losing Lucinde because he has no inheritance. The selfish gain of Geronte surpasses his daughter’s marriage and her welfare becomes secondary. Knowing that her father will force her to marry Horace, a man she does not love nor knows. Geronte’s interest is more pecuniary rather than affectionate, hence Lucinde’s decision to turn dumb, a ruse meant to set off her unwanted suitor. Desperate to give his daughter away to the highest bidder at all cost, Geronte begins to employ the services of the best physicians in town.
The evil that I felt was portrayed in Charlotte Temple is not the independence Charlotte wants, but the realization that she can’t get her independence happily without the financial and emotional assistance that others can give her. She even admits her confinement to being reliant on others after the letter from her parents. She says, “I will not wound the hearts of those dear parents who make my happiness the whole study of their lives…"(Rowson 46). This evil element of trying to discover her own independence taunts Charlotte throughout the text. Charlotte Temple, by Susannah Rowson was popular in the 19th Century simply because it was just that; simple.
Returning home from school with a new name, look, attitude, and man; Dee continuously finds reasons to insult the lifestyles of her mother and sister. Walker shows that one’s culture and heritage are represented by neither the possession of objects nor external appearances, but by one’s lifestyle and attitude. In this short story, Walker shows us how Dee was not only greedy with money but also with her heritage and had a total lack of regard for her family. It seems as if acquiring collegiate educated, she realizes that her heritage really has meaning in her life. Walker characterizes the different sides of culture and heritage in the characters of Dee (Wangero), her mother and sister -Maggie.
The Invisible Cage Pride and Prejudice In the nineteenth century society, the options of choosing husbands for unmarried women are limited due to the reason that the society has prescribed a set of values for them. The English society associated the entrance of a woman into the public with a reprehensible loss of femininity. Jane Austen, the author of the novel Pride and Prejudice herself suffers in this era by not allowed to be acknowledged as the author for her books. In Jane Austen's book Pride and Prejudice, she depicts how young men and women behave in the society and how they set up their life and social position for their own desires. With this background, Jane tries to deliver the message that the people were restrained and they suffered by the rules set by the society such as family reputation, women’s position, and class division.
The negative consequences of this choice are drastic. Mrs. Price and her family are brought down to a detestable rank in society, while Fanny’s childhood is almost forfeit as she is stripped of her parents and sent to live with her rich aunt. The only positive result of this is the relationship, and eventually happy marriage, that develops between Fanny and Edmund, but that does not happen until the very end of the book. The book makes it very clear that Miss Frances’ decision to marry this man was made strictly out of love, which is indeed the emotional influence. There is also a drastic correlation between reason/logic and modern society at
She thinks that she is far better off marrying him and she is very jealous. Mrs Sparsit wants to be part of the family, like a wife to Mr Bounderby, so she can still boss him around. But the awkward thing is, is that Mr Bounderby only thinks of Mrs Sparsit as a maid, and a useful lady around the house, and nothing more! Mrs Sparsit calls Louisa ‘Mrs Gradgrind.’ This is after her fathers name, because she doesn’t think that Louisa is worthy of Bounderby’s name. One point of imagery that Dickens uses is Mrs Sparsit’s staircase, where she imagines that Louisa is at the top of a staircase, and each time she takes a step down, it is one step closer to having an affair with Hearthouse, and cheating on Mr Bounderby.