I bought her a hot-water heater, and another one when it wore out…They were tiny things, inconsequential things. I did them because I was supposed to, because it was my turn to do things for her, and because I was trying to make up for any wrong I had ever done her.” (Bragg, pg. 151) His mother made many sacrifices for her boys when she was growing up, and Bragg was compassionate to his mother. He loved her so much and wanted her to live a comfortable life. This can strike a note with most readers, as most people feel attached to their mothers and would do anything to make them happy.
In the Victorian era, women were urged to be home-oriented, with the main responsibility to raise children. Men worked outside the home and were supposed to be the visible leaders of the community. Sports typically encouraged impulsiveness with a group of men drinking, wagering, and shouting while watching a prizefight The advocacy of regular calisthenics for young women by such reformers such as Catharine Beecher won limited support. Females were stilled viewed by the public as suited only for walking and not vigorous exercise. In this same era, intercollegiate athletics took on different meanings for women students.
The information stated above is relevant and supports my essay because in the novel I am reading, Janie is forced to marry a man at an extremely young age. Janies Nanny is one to blame, as she is forcing this upon young Jamie because her mother (Leaft) was not successful and disappointed her loved ones, and the Nannie thinks she is doing her good, setting her up for a happy life. Woman in Jainie's day were expected to act a certain way, and were thus not treated
Also, her lack of intelligence has left her with no job and an inability to get a job. In the story, there are many reasons contributing to Jean’s feeling of emptiness and difficulty in her life. To begin, her husband, Ross feels as though he has married beneath himself, and he does not love her anymore. Their marriage was most likely caused by Jean getting pregnant with their son, which made Ross feel like he had to marry her out of force. In the story, Ross specifically tells their son, Kevin that he should try not to marry beneath himself because he will end up stuck in the same situation as him.
Although many women of this era quietly took their place in society as expected it is very likely that they too went through an internal struggle with this shift in their role from innocent child to a subservient housewife. The symbol of the husband’s hand in this story represents this nameless woman as well as countless other women of her time and their struggle with male dominance as they transition into society’s version of a good wife. The wife first notices the hand as her new husband is sleeping on her shoulder and it seems to symbolize a trophy as she recounts all the things she admires about him in a child like manor, “To meet a handsome, blonde young man, recently widowed, good at tennis and rowing”. To her this hand represents the fairy tale of marriage dreamed of by many young girls. This phase is what most people refer to as the honeymoon phase.
In Sinclair Ross’ short story The Lamp at Noon, Ross expresses the gender roles impact on family life and social dynamics. It is the struggle to fulfil these societal-dictated norms that Ross problematizes in The Lamp at Noon by examining the relationship between Paul and his wife Ellen. It is the gender roles of the time that both Ellen and Paul adopt that ultimately leads the death of their baby and the loss of his Ellen’s sanity. Paul is ignorant of Ellen’s feelings of lonesomeness and extreme depression that the farm life causes her because he is so focused and adamant on efficiently providing for his wife and infant child the only way he knows how: tilling the land acre by acre, and year after year. Given the social context of the 1930’s, this was a common lifestyle for couples living in Prairie Provinces.
She also decided to give more precedence to career rather than her family which in turn created a huge gap between herself and her family. As she became obsessed with her work, she began to overlook her family. In this way, the ambition for the top, the allotment of more time for work all contributed in weakening Kate’s family relationships. In the novel, Crow Lake it was also revealed how loneliness can bring two teens together through the relationship between Matt Morrison and Marie Pye. As Mary’s brother Laurie ran way from home after the clash with their father Calvin Pye, their mother got sick.
Shotgun marriages lead to divorce or unhappiness in the relationship. For example my aunt was force to marry due to pregnancy at a very young and lived with an abuse, unloving husband. It is no longer crucial to marry because of pregnancy and have society debase you. The Division of labor between men and women has developed equality and helped better society in many aspects especially for women. Traditional expectation of a women being home, taking care of the children and depending on her husband financial income, but now women
Moms have the responsibility of making sure her little girl grows up to be a polite, modest, respectful woman. It is the mother’s job to nurture and love the girl unconditionally. It is a mother’s job to teach her girl not only domestic jobs but also how to be a strong independent woman who can fend for herself. This is a close bond that they will develop as each of them grows. Jean Goldberg, the author of “Mutuality In Mother-Daughter Relationships."