The ideal woman is the woman Victorian people only want as a wife. When Angel Clare’s parents talk about what they want in a good wife, we know that an ideal woman has purity, innocence and chastity. By using the technique of characters of symbols, Hardy shows us that Angel’s parent represent the general society in the Victorian Era, with the thought that a wife must be pure. The idea of the ideal women makes readers feel sceptical, while the society may not value Tess, the readers value her. We question that whether or not this is a true idea.
“Unlike the narratives favored by psychoanalysis, which are about maternal absence and disempowerment, this tale tells a story about a strong mother/daughter relationship that shape events.” (660). Cinderella’s mother, ultimately, helps Cinderella find a husband. Cinderella’s mother and the step sisters’ mother, in the end, want the same thing. They both want to find their daughters the “right” man, but Cinderella’s mother comes out on top. Yes, Cinderella and her mother ended up on top but not while being morally sound.
Karcher states, “[Women] writers have persistently shied away from the realistic depiction of society, choosing instead to work in the mode of what Hawthorne called the romance—a mode best suited to probing the individual psyche” (Karcher 1994 (pg#)). Romance novels rely heavily on the notion that life is a fairytale and people subconsciously imagine themselves in the position of the protagonist. However, Chopin gives a realistic version of what love and romance is. It requires people to think and question marriage. 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.
This was an era in which many fought for an end of child labor. This era was the beginning of the influence of women in society who fought for suffrage and equality. The era’s influence is very evident in its most prominent novelists: Charles Dickens, William Makepeace Thackeray, Lewis Carroll, and the Brontë Sisters. Writers of the time had a strong sense of morality, and tended to portray idealized versions of life in the lower class, where hard work and the righteous would always prevail, (Victorian Literature, eNotes). This is prominent especially in the work of Charles Dickens, in novels such as David Copperfield and Oliver Twist, where young people who were born of nothing, came to gain everything because they worked hard and they were, at their base, good people.
These began to surely challenge the concepts of angel in the house and separate spheres and perhaps depict and criticise them as being something unrealistic and futile. Firstly, the angel in the house concept essentially refers to the belief that a woman's role within society should always be domestic. From the poem 'angel in the house' by Coventry Patmore published in 1854, the concept effectively suggests that women should create a loving home for their husbands and children, please their husbands endlessly and bring peace to everyone, all without even considering their own wants and needs. This idea is demonstrated well in Source A, which is a narrative painting that shows a woman comforting her distressed husband while clearly having already attended to her housekeeping duties. Moreover, it is clear that not only is she a good wife to her husband but she is a good companion of his too: she works to please him.
Extremity in the characterization of female in fairytales and Pakistani popular fiction Abstract: Key Words: Characterization, Extremity, Fairytales, Popular Fiction It was observed that Literature has a considerable impact on the mind set of people and therefore the representation of Females who are an integral part of the society is very crucial in literature. The study reflected that the representation was at two extremes: good and evil and it were a far cry from reality. This extreme characterization was evidently and deliberately presented in fairytales then it was found that the same practice existed and was followed in Pakistani writings especially in popular fiction. Since It is read by the naïve and inane girls who can be easily influenced by such unrealistic representation which can make them impractical and futile so the study of this phenomenon is of great importance. The methodology for the collection of data was case study and the research tools were the existing literature and the structured interviews.
Elana Martinez Research Paper 5 December 2011 Women’s Oppression in Literature and Society Reflecting their role in society during the early twentieth century, women in literature are often portrayed on a level that is not only lower than men, but dominated by them. Whether it was dealing with their spouse or career, women were merely characters in a man’s world. Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Susan Glaspell were not immune to this role, but took this limitation in stride and published stories reflecting their lives and experiences. The Yellow Wallpaper, written by Gilman, and Trifles, written by Glaspell, allows us in the minds of women during this harsh oppression. The roles of women during this time period, how it affected them emotionally, the lack of power they had to change this role are each issues that come into play, as well as the evolution of women in literature and in society.
Feminism brought revolutionary ideas exposing masculine stereotypes, revaluating women’s roles in society, women’s cultural and historical background, female literature, and criticizing social sexist values. Norma Helmer is an illusion woman living in a society where males oppress the females reducing them to a doll. Nora is described as doll living in doll house, reinforces the fragile idea of a stable family living under a patriarchal and traditional roof. Some argue that Nora and the other female figures in A Doll’s House are models of what can be known as the “second sex” or the “other” which Simone de Beauvoir a French revolutionary writer discussed in her essay, The Second Sex. She argues that throughout history, women were viewed as a “hindrance or a prison”.
Jane Eyre- the Quiet Feminist While many works of literature embody and illustrate the cultural standards, views, and principles of their time, others serve as foresights of what is to come. Charlotte Bronte’s mesmerizing novel, Jane Eyre, permeated its time. It did not uphold the customary cultural standards but presented new radical views on a women’s position. The Victorian Era continued traditional gender roles, with women being subservient to their husbands and living at home taking care of the children. The ideal woman was one who was meek, quiet, delicate, and beautiful.
Representations of Female Consciousness in Austen’s Pride and Prejudice Based on the Characters Analysis Abstract Jane Austen is one of the great novelists of England and her Pride and Prejudice was well-known by the world. This essay focus on analysis of her protagonists Elizabeth and Darcy to figure out Austen’s female consciousness. The result of the analysis ,which was mainly about their characteristics and the plots of the novel, is that Austen’s female consciousness was represented by the women’s independent mind, intelligence and diversity of their personality, as well as reflected by men’s new standards of valuing women and the influence had by women. Keywords Female consciousness, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Elizabeth, Darcy Introduction Pride and Prejudice is the most famous masterpiece of English female novelist Jane Austen. She depicted a love story between Elizabeth Bennet and Darcy.