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?
She describes how her own experiences with gay and straight relationships affect her views on marriage, as well as her feelings on what marriage symbolizes. Newman is frequently asked over and over again why she isn’t married to the father of her child whom she lives with. My feelings when she describes what is going on as she is asked lead me to believe she wants to be married. I believe a couple who lives together with children should be married. When Newman says, “I probably cried when the bride kissed her parents” and that she is “eating the entrée I checked off months ago” I feel she doesn’t just like weddings but wants one of her own.
The author illustrates to all the women how lonely and dependently women have in the family. In the story, Calixta’s husband doesn’t quite recognize her sexual desire. For that reason, Calixta and Alcee experienced the passionate moment while her husband is away with their sons. “When he touched her breasts they gave themselves up in quivering ecstasy, inviting his lips. Her mouth was a fountain of delight.
Hope talked about the resentment that accumulated in the relationship over time. She also discusses the effect and changes in her life when they had children and the way there marriage was effected by this. She also explains how the relationship worked out and how they both overcame obstacles that were in their way and how co-parenting worked from her point of view. The issues she discussed about co-parenting and her marriage were about lack of time spent together, each having “equal division of labor” and entering a marriage with a false belief of it being perfect. 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.
Cousin Kate by Christina Rossetti The Poem ‘Cousin Kate’ by Christina Rossetti, tells the story of a young woman from the Victorian period who has fallen for a wealthy lord and had is child out of wedlock. The young woman then watches as the lord marries her Cousin Kate. The poem tells us that women of this time have many expectations in life, but are governed by men who give them no real freedom. I feel in this poem Rossetti is saying that women can only truly be happy if they break away from social expectations. Rossetti shows us she resents men and the power they have over women and also the weakness and few liberties that women have in this period.
On the other hand the lady in "A Sorrowful Woman” has a husband and child but finds she sick and tired of what she had. The two women approached their problems in different manners. Faye disclosed her true condition to her boyfriend and gave him the choice to find another person who could bore him children. After tearful episodes, the couple resolved their problem and ended up marrying and being happy. Meanwhile, the married woman isolated herself from her family.
When most women relied on male relatives or husbands to survive, her earlier experiences in life led her to a different outlook on how she wanted to live her life (Allen par 1). She supported herself by developing her intellect and living by her beliefs. By a young age, she was determined to change the views of marriage for women (Frazer par 2). As a child, her views of marriage were shaped by her own unhappy family life. Her unsuccessful and violent father moved the family many times, and her older brother was favored by her grandfathers’ will.
There is an example of each in the stories “I Stand Here Ironing” by Tillie Olsen, Casablanca directed by Michael Curtiz, and “Sex without Love” by Sharon Olds (Patick). In all three if these stories, there is a relationship between two individuals who seem to love each other but somehow one or both of the individual’s feelings change and there is no longer love in the relationship. Tillie Olsen’s “I Stand Here Ironing” is an internal story told by the mind of a mother who reflects on choices that she made raising her now struggling daughter, Emily (Shmoop). Like all parents, Emily’s mother is infatuated with her daughter in the early stages of her life. Emily’s mother describes her as “a beautiful baby.
In desperate need to feel loved Crane sets out on a mission to be married. She later marries a man that she’s not really interested in only marrying him to gain popularity. While reading the story I could feel the pain and imagine how hard she struggled to feel accepted. As being the only darkest in my family I often struggle to be notice and accepted too. This novel to me is altogether depressing and very hard to read without crying.
The Wife of Bath: Elizabeth Cady Stanton or Ke$ha? What do all women want? Well I think the easier question is, what don’t women want? Now ask a guy to go and figure out what is that women want, and you may as well be sending them on a journey through hell; and that’s basically what the Knight was put through in Chaucer’s, The Wife of Bath. When the Knight finally does find out what it is that women want, he is told that it’s power over the husbands, that’s a pretty feminist statement for a time when women were still considered property.