In her poem “Mothers”, Nikki Giovanni talks about the relationship she have with her mother and the struggles her mother went through. The poet’s implied claim is the importance of mothers and how much they affect our lives today by the good and bad values they teach us. Nikki thought of her mother as a beautiful woman, but she put so much faith and trust in men. Part of her mother’s struggle was waiting for Nikki’s father to come home “she was very deliberately waiting perhaps for my father to come home from his night job “. This struggle Giovanni’s mother taught to her so being educated about that, Giovanni teaches the ethics of being a Good man to her son; so he will grow and become a good man and see the struggle being a bad one can cause women.
The short story “The Chrysanthemums” favors and differs from the story “The Necklace” in many different ways. Both of these stories are centered upon an unhappy marriage life. The wives of each story are unhappy with the way their husbands seem content with the same lifestyle. In “The Chrysanthemums”, a tinker comes to Elisa’s house at first annoying her with ransom question, but then opening her eyes to realizing she should not settle for being content and try harder to become happy with her life. With the conversation becoming more exciting, Elisa begins to feel appreciated for once and has an immediate attraction for the tinker.
This play is about marriage live of Nora and Torvald Helmer, which Nora describes as a woman who treated like a doll with his husband, and Torvald Helmer describes as a man who embraces the belief that a man’s role in marriage is to protect and guide his wife. He clearly enjoys the idea that Nora needs his guidance, and he interacts with her as a father would. Firstly let’s see historical background of this play. This book wrote and published in 1879, in this period men and women wasn’t in the equal social position. In people perception, men social class is higher than women’s.
He does this by things such as calling her nicknames with negative characteristics, such as his little lark, spendthrift and featherhead. Both Nora and Torvald, put on a face for the rest of the world and each other. Surprisingly, these choices of façade complimented each other. We gradually see how it isn’t good enough for her, yet hides it anyways through most of the play. In this era, it is expected for a woman to go straight from her father’s hand to her husband’s and the sacrifices it meant.
In the beginning, Chopin describes that the goddaughter Babette, is eager to go visit family and rather then disappoint her goddaughter, Maman explains when the trip will happen in a way that the goddaughter can physically understand. This means instead of telling the girl that the trip will happen in months from now; she tells the girl in a way that she can track her self and understand. The godmother uses the ripening of Figs as a way to mark the passage of time that can be easily measured. The author, Chopin, uses this as an example of older wisdom that understands how time goes quickly when anticipating an event, however, children always feel that time goes too slow. She further points this out with the main character commenting, “how early the figs have ripened this year” however the child felt “they have ripened very late.” Chopin further expands upon the difference between young and old mannerism by metaphorically describing Maman to a statue designed by a well-known artist, Michael Angelo, to emphasize the elderly’s love of life and it not being necessary to rush to the next event.
Despite these clashes of perspective, the main conflict between mother and son derives from Julian’s inability to put his pride aside, accept the sacrifices his mother made for him, and move on from his lack of success in the real world. Julian sees himself as a martyr for African-Americans. He fantasizes about bringing home a black girlfriend just to frustrate his mother mad and sympathizing with all the hardships she has to endure because she is black (O’Connor 1023). Julian’s mother admits that she believes blacks were better off as slaves and that “they should rise, yes, but on their own side of the fence” (O’Connor 1018). She exhibits the philosophy of “separate but equal.” This attitude might place her in the racist category, but there
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.
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.
She entertains you, whatever you want. The rest is shadows. The rest is secret.” The novel, Memoirs of a Geisha, demonstrates that Sayuri determines the difference between reality and illusion revealing that nothing is what it appears to be. She is encouraged by her role models to never give up hope when pursuing her dreams. Chiyo starts to realize that her life will not change following a fairy tale story, instead it will develop many changes from her childhood to the moment of being sold into slavery and training as geisha apprentice revealing change occurring throughout her life stages.
Not being able to communicate or understand each other makes it hard to talk to one another. Communication is the key to a great marriage. First, communication between women and men are different. Women want their husbands to talk to them because it brings closeness and intimacy in the relationship. Eleanor Maccoby states, in reports from her own and others that “for women and for girls intimacy is the fabric of relationship, and talk is the thread from which it is woven” (110).