She was not conquered by the lack of her family's money or the words spoken by her parents; she continued to dream by going to the barn with the poster in hand to attend her own circus. In comparison to Jenny, Chris’ constant optimistic mindset allowed him to slowly but surely make his way through poverty and allowed him to dream. From having to support his infant son as a single father to being homeless, Chris refused to remain living that lifestyle and his determination brought him success. Through will power, he was able to construct the lifestyle he desired for him and his son. Chris' ability to believe that “baby steps count, “as long as you're “moving forward,” resulted in a life of fame, wealth and fortune.
Through her use of symbolism, she revealed the battle between good and evil, and morality versus reality in the confines of an oppressive society. Chopin wastes no time introducing evil. In the first paragraph, the narrator mentions Calixta's husband and son, Bobinot and Bibi, then describes "the child's attention to certain sombre clouds that were rolling with sinister intention from the west, accompanied by a sullen, threatening roar" (1.1.2). So from the start, the use of sombre, sinister, and sullen may evoke a dismal feeling of depression, darkness,and evilness for the reader, or perhaps a symbol of Satan. In the next scene,
It is rather surprising that a novel written by the daughter of so prominent a feminist should be so strikingly devoid of strong female characters. Many critics agree that Mary Shelley’s Gothic novel Frankenstein is littered with passive women that suffer placidly, then expire once exposed to the transgressions of the world . An initial reading of the novel might produce the notion that Shelley had very little to say on the subject of women. The entire cast of female characters appears to remain within the domestic realm, quietly performing their duties as mothers, sisters, wives and daughters for the men. Some might even say Shelley ardently agreed with the position in which they found themselves and the securely fixed roles during the Victorian era.
Hawthorne felt the need to create a new, strong, and righteous character to for the battle of equal status between men and women. As the heroin of the novel, Hester Prynne represents the fighting feminist. Her miserable life reveals the low status of women during the 17th century Puritan society and exposes there is no mercy towards the cruelty and the prejudice the women encountered during this time period. Although ashamed and alienated from society, Hester proves to contain a stronger being than the women of that time. Hester does not fall after convicted of a sin, but becomes a strong woman seeking equality between men and women and the letter she is branded “was a symbol of her calling” (Hawthorne 150).
Kate’s mother was a “woman of great beauty, intelligence and personal magnetism” (Skaggs 1). The deaths of her father, grandfather and great-grandfather did not give her to opportunity to experience women being dominated by men and perhaps this shaped her future writing. Kate Chopin published more than 100 short stories set in Louisiana and focused on the lives of intelligent women whose thoughts and actions were unconventional for the time. Her characters were vibrant and intelligent and were trying to “satisfy three basic but often conflicting human drives that Chopin believes go together to make up a person’s identity-the drive for a feeling of belonging, for love and for a sense of individual sovereignty” (Skaggs 1). Two such stories are “The Story of an Hour” and “The Storm.” Both stories take place in a time when women were still considered the legal property of their husbands.
Jane Austen started to write to amuse her near ones but later on gained the status of writer with feminist traditions. She represented feminist conventions in her novels reflecting the middle class woman being the judge of her own society and age but has never identified her self with any of her character. She has used the weapon of irony against the culture that look down upon women considering them insignificant beings. . There has been an elegant criticism in her novels depicting the moral standars of the so called society and their discrimination againt the women .Infact in her each novels Jane Austen has taken a particular problem and has tried to solve it from the point of view of the emotions feelings and requirements of women.She has treated all her heroines differently.
Even in Chopin’s opinion, this was “a ponderous weight of wisdom to descend upon the soul of a young woman of twenty-eight”. Edna knew on some level who she really was. She knew she was not another conventional woman of the time. This higher thinking by both the author and her creation can be called “noble thought”, better verifying The Awakening as classic literature. Thoreau’s second component in his formula for classic literature is undying theme.
Rhys explores the schizoid state more deeply in her middle novels. In her most recent novel, however, she elevates to an explicit theme the schizoid self perceptions that emerge in women's conscious-ness. Madness is the issue in Wide Sargasso Sea, Rhys's retelling of Bertha Antoinette Rochester's transformation from West Indian beauty and heiress to mad wife in the attic. The choice to make a heroine of Antoinette, who in Jane Eyre serves only as an obstacle to a desired marriage, is a loaded one, a reminder that behind the tale of female strength triumphant lies the parallel tale of female fragmen-tation. Antoinette becomes representative of women's disintegra-tion, as Jane has been of their successful integration.
The Storm by Kate Chopin, is a story that shares emotions and passion between two characters named Calixta and Alcee. The story was written in the late nineteen hundredths where women were looked down upon and where their needs or wants were hardly considered. During this time, women were considered to be innocent, and faithful to their husbands. Rebecca Long- Kluckner stated in ‘Universal Journal’ that, “Kate Chopin wrote in a time period that believed women did not even possess sexual desires, but only behaved properly and did their duties, one of which was sex, in serving their husband.” In this story you will see a totally different view of a woman’s behavior. To fully understand this literary piece we will use the “6 C’s of Literature”.
The writer, Charlotte Gilman, presents the negative effects of unequal treatment of the sexes and the cult of true womanhood through fictional narrative – for this reason, The Yellow Wallpaper is regarded as a significant early work of feminist literature. The short story is a series of diary entries from an isolated, and mentally unstable woman who has been enclosed in an upstairs bedroom by her husband, John. Her husband’s motives are to cure her from what he calls a “temporary nervous depression – a slight hysterical tendency”.1 This cure was known as The Rest Cure, which was first introduced by Dr Weir Mitchell, who believed that a female suffering from depression was “physically unfit for her duties as a woman”.2 Gilman herself had suffered from depression, in 1886, and was referred to Mitchell where she was forced inactivity. In her autobiography she explains that her condition only improved after abandoning The Rest Cure, and that “the real purpose of the story [The Yellow Wallpaper] was to reach Dr. S. Weir Mitchell, and convince him of the error of his ways.”4 Due to Gilman’s personal experiences, The Yellow Wallpaper can be seen as a semi-autobiography. Though Gilman was able to free herself from Mitchell’s cure, the narrator of her novella was not.