Women In Desiree's Baby, A Jury Of Her Peers

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This paper discusses three literature pieces, Desiree’s Baby, A Jury of her Peers, and The Legacy, to show how the women in these stories were treated similarly under a Patriarchal Society. Desiree had enjoyed a successful marriage with Armand – the two are happy with their marriage but this came to an end when Armand realizes that their child is not white. Because of this, he believes that the Black Traits came from Desiree. This is because Desiree had obscure origins. Though this deals with miscegenation, in some ways it does handle with the treatment of women. This is because Desiree had been placed in a situation of immense defeat when Armand had chosen to isolate himself from Desiree and the baby. However, although Desiree had…show more content…
This came in the form of several letters which reveal that Armand is the one of Black Descent. In Jury of her Peers Minnie Foster is abused by her late husband who had been extremely cheap in terms of spending for his own wife. An example would be John Wright’s determination not to get a telephone , new kitchen tools , and new clothes (her older one being described as ragged out ). The tools and clothes were terrible for Minnie Foster as she had once worn clothes of higher quality . The telephone isolates Minnie Foster from the rest of the world. This feeling gives Minnie Foster a caged sensation. This ‘caged’ feeling is symbolized by Minnie Foster’s canary. Minnie Foster had been lonely and bought a canary in response. The canary is the author’s way of showing how Foster felt, being caged and isolated. In support of this, Minnie Foster used to sing in choir (canaries sing). But when she married Wright, this stopped her from continuing singing. Moreover, Minnie may have seen the canary as herself. Which is why when the canary was found killed (in the same way that Wright had been) Minnie Foster…show more content…
Miller. This is her Rebellion. Angela would continue to rebel, until B.M. declared that he would be moving to Egypt. Angela, realizing that divorce is not an option for her politically ambitious husband, decided to stay. This increased society’s pressure on her. Then, B.M. committed suicide. This made a more lasting impact on Angela. This became evident when, in an act of vengeance, killed herself. It’s important to note that although suicide can be at first interpreted as submission, or defeat, Angela had done more than just commit suicide. She begun with a small indication of dislike, leaving nothing for her husband. Then, she proceeded to give him her journals, which detailed her affair. This is her final
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