Most young women dream of being married. At least that is the opinion of most male writers. In marriage women are portrayed as their ultimate goal in life is to serve her husband man, the man she loves. Her dreams are to give birth to her husband’s children and make his home a place of comfort to return to. However in the story “The Hand” written by Sidonie Gabrielle Colette the struggle that many women face is apparent.
and this is shown on the essay when she writes this ”If, by chance , I find another person more suitable as a wife than the wife I already have, I want the liberty to replace my present wife with another one” Really, is sad but is the truth, men do think women’s are objects they can’t take and leave when they want and demand things and expect to received without giving. As I read the essay it was stupid to see that they didn’t realize that all the wife’s duties could also be done by men, like cleaning, working, taking care of the kids, and of course pleasing their wife’s when she
“There comes John's sister. Such a dear girl as she is, and so careful of me! I must not let her find me writing”. However, John’s absence from his wife for great periods of time may say otherwise. The author cites “John is away all day, and even some nights when his cases are serious.” In the end I honestly believe that John genuinely love his wife but was clueless in helping her get better.
Katherine first conveys her message by describing the state of marriage life in those days, this is evident when she says: “A married state affords but little ease/ the best of husbands are so hard to please.” This warns unmarried women that marriage can only afford some ‘ease’. The word ‘afford’ shows that marriage cannot give you any more than ‘little ease’ as it cannot afford any more. As a woman, every woman dreams of a husband who is caring and understanding. These characteristics are classified as being the ‘best’ husband, but Katherine addresses to the unmarried women and tells them that their dreams might come true, as in, they might find the ‘best husband’ but the husband’s demands will be really high, and they would not be
This becomes controversial because when an individual read her novels it removed the optimism of that happiness and comfort in love that people look forward to. Women are supposed to enjoy marriage and look forward to being submissive to their husbands who are “breadwinners.” In the early nineteenth century, women relied on their husbands and required permission to engage in numerous activities. The act of marriage caused
The speaker feels that men do not appreciate this work. By repeating “I want a wife” in almost every sentence, the author clarifies the many things a man expects and how ridiculous and overwhelming the amount wanted is. Even though she herself is a wife, she says she wants a wife to do all of these chores for her (274). Brady repeats “I want a wife who will…” to identify what a proper wife is supposed to do. Repetition enhances her sarcastic tone because after all that is expected of a wife, she says, “My God, who wouldn’t want a wife,” (276) in the final sentence, meaning even an actual wife would want someone to do as much as she does.
Due to frustration from male oppression, clubs and the feminist movement, and the counterrevolutionaries, women showed how they were willing and capable of going to all magnitudes to reach their goal of gaining equality to man. Up until the Enlightenment, which spanned portions of the 17th and 18th centuries, women throughout Europe had limited rights. Men expected women to be charming, well-dressed, and pleasing to the eye in order to represent the social status of her father or husband. Mary Wollstonecraft says, “The conduct and manners of women, in fact, evidently prove that their minds are not in a healthy state; for, like the flowers which are planted in too rich a soil, strength and usefulness are sacrificed to beauty” (Wollstonecraft, 171). Whether they were aristocrats, bourgeoisie, or peasants, Frenchwomen’s main job was to take care of domestic needs.
The mother-woman role is another form of men control, because it dictates how women should idolize their children, worship their husbands, and honor their isolated but inferior positions. Kate Chopin bravely exposed an attitude of feminism to an unprepared society in her novel The Awakening. Her brilliant work of fiction was not recognized at the time because feminism had not yet become popular. Chopin defied societal assumptions of her time period and wrote the novel, The Awakening, using attitudes of characters in regard to gender, changed in the main character, imagery and Edna’s suicide to illustrate her feminist position. Society during Chopin’s time period believed women to be a weak, dependent gender whose position lay nothing above mothering and housework.
In the poem “Medusa” gender conflict through control is also illustrated when she says: “a suspicion, a doubt, a jealousy”. This depicts that she feels ownership over her husband and wants him to “be terrified” if he does not obey her commands. However, in “Les Grands Seigneurs” the narrator conveys that after she was “wedded, bedded … a toy, a plaything … wife” she is nostalgic for the first three stanzas to how men were towards her before she was married as she is now powerless. We can depict that there was less gender conflict before she was married. Moreover, in “Medusa” powerlessness is also portrayed when she rhetorically questions herself “Wasn’t I beautiful?
First examining marriage in Pride and Prejudice, the prime example of it in this novel is that surrounding the Bennett family who are not wealthy people, and there is nothing that Mrs Bennett wants more than to see her daughters get married to wealthy men. She presents this desperation at the very beginning of the book when she is eagerly mentioning the fact that Netherfield Park has been let, and she is said to be speaking “impatiently” when her husband does not return this eagerness. This is shown when she says “you do not know what I suffer”. This suffering may be as a result of her own marriage (which disappoints her) or the fact that she wants each of her five daughters to find wealthy husbands. She states in the first chapter that the “solace” of marriage is “visiting and news.” This explains why Mrs Bennett is so desperate for her husband to visit Bingley and find out more about him and to introduce him to their daughters.