She had married herself in to the Creole culture. Edna not does not exactly fit into the creole society and does not understand their typical lifestyle. Edna feels oppressed by society, as she does not believe in the role she’s expected to play by the society. Which is to be the mother like figure and in addition to be caring for your husband and be attentive to all his needs. Yet Edna is not the typical woman, as she believes in expressing herself and living freely without society’s rules and oppression holding her down.
I assume that she wants a divorce from her husband but because of the role that society has placed on her, but she is unable to get one because she is very dependent on him. It sounds to me that she is jealous of her male friend who is looking for another wife. It was him and his situation that she was thinking of that brought her to the conclusion that she herself wants a wife. Her situation leads me to believe that during this time in history women were not meant to show signs of aggression, jealousy, or anger because it was a mans world. In Brady’s eyes a wife is a basically a slave at home who cannot have a life of her own.
This society is ethically ill and has no appreciation for the woman figure, that being said, Cisneros is able to bring that hidden truth to light and show readers that women struggle for appreciation, approval, or just acceptance from the moment they are born. She uses a Chicano family as an example and from beginning to end the only Daughter struggles to be accepted in her own family. Sadly the sense “machismo” found in Latino families is not helping her cause what so ever. Cisneros demonstrates how customs,
She is only addressed as “Curley’s Wife” – her real name is never said. This has strong suggestions that women at this time were men’s possessions, as if they were used merely as objects, part of their property and didn’t have the same rights as they did – women are inferior. The phrase “I don’t know why I can’t talk to you. I ain’t doin’ no harm to you” could me shadowing how women are simply seen as either virgins or whores. Curley’s wife is portrayed as being a whore – but this is only due to the way she dresses, her provocative ways and the way she acts around men, as if she is aware of her femininity.
Because women are sometimes stereotyped as the weaker sex, they become disadvantaged and don’t share many of the privileges men are given. This is why feminism is such an important matter today. Feminism is a broad social movement that strives for equality for women and seeks to end of sexism in all forms (Topics in Feminism). However, negative attitudes toward feminism have continued to exist. Feminists are often stereotyped as angry, man-hating, unattractive women who scream absurdly about their political views.
She claims that both in private (the home) and in public (work and leisure) men exert power and control over women. Heidensohn describes domesticity as ‘a form of detention’. This is due to the endless hours women spend on housework and looking after young children; leaving little time for criminal activity. Women who challenge these traditional roles within the family run the risk of having them imposed by force. In public, women are controlled by the male use of force and violence, based upon the idea of holding onto a ‘good reputation’.
In Trifles, the women come to a realization that they must bond together against their clueless husbands to see justice done. In the Yellow Wallpaper the narrator frees herself from her jail and jailer and builds herself an alternate reality, free in her own mind from what is oppressing her in spite of her actual captivity. However different the authors tell their stories, both expose male superiority to be an illusion and its inevitable by-products of estrangement and loneliness to be very real. A feminist critic reading these two stories would immediately recognize the author’s attempts to portray the male
It favours the women to live the way they want to. They are not object to play but they have their own choice and respect to be with. While in the novel, writer has dicussed with black feminism or the issues of black women which are subjected to the racism, sexcism. The black women were in great sufferings rather than the other white women. They were neither secure in their parent’s home not in their husband’s home.
In the novels, women are treated like second class citizens when compared to men and are expected to be content with this Victorian idea of patriarchal domination. In Jane Eyre, Jane develops throughout the novel moving from Thornfield to Gateshead, to Lowood and to Marsh End. Each location challenges her identity and her integrity as she desperately tries to maintain her dignity with the different conflicts she is confronted with. The three main male characters in the novel are Edward Rochester, Mr.Brocklehurst and St. John Rivers. Each male, in their own way, continuously get in her way of trying to achieve equality by oppressing her into a submissive position.
Bronte uses Jane to portray how gender relations and a strong sense of independence can affect how one can change their own happiness. A few days after arriving at Thornfield, Jane begins to wonder why women are restrained from being treated like men when she says, “Women feel just as men feel…they suffer from too rigid a restrain, too absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer; and it is too narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow-creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves…” (Bronte, Ch.12). In addition to Jane’s feelings of inequality, she also feels imprisoned, to which she extends to her fellow women who also