Meg at first falls back on her father for guidance and security, but soon realizes he cannot provide that. She becomes upset when he does not help her achieve her ultimate goal. She soon realizes that she must do some things on her own and that it would be the only way she would grow and mature. Since my dad was the only one to take care of me, I had a different childhood. I did things on my own a little earlier than others.
This is one of the examples of the misogynistic mindset in the age she was raised, that certainly fueled her writing. Young 2 Though there are many parables to pull from the text, one sticks out among the rest, explaining the range of emotions that Mrs. Mallard felt upon hearing of her husband's alleged death. "There would be no one to live for during those coming years; she would live for herself. There would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to
We can maybe squeeze in a hundred miles ‘fore we stop.” Ma stepped in front of him. “I ain’t a-gonna go” This shows that when people are taken out of society’s view they will assume their natural position in life. When push came to shove Ma Joad took control of the situation and of the family, and Pa Joad didn’t know how to function outside of his normal position. Ma Joad’s decision to stay ended up being the right decision, she had the qualities to be the leader the whole time but settled for the “rock” of the family. Even though the idea of a female leader isn’t scarce, the idea of a male leader is more favorable and prominent amongst society.
Women have always been seen as the weaker gender giving all power and control to men in most situations.The theme is shown in many novels in which the idea affects the way men treat women and vice-versa. For example in Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, most of the book focuses on Janie learning to take control of her own life instead of relying on a husband. She was raised by her grandmother who insisted Janie get married young because there was no other way for a girl to survive on her own. Janie was treated like a child by her first husband and property by her second, both because the man felt that he was stronger, smarter, and more important than her and Janie accepted this treatment because she was raised by those principles and believed that that was the way things were.The evolution of females and females gaining power and respect is evident in modern writing. As time went on female characters have become the heroines in popular books leading up to The Hunger Games and Divergent .
Ibsen’s A Doll’s House is a modern, well-made play that uses realism to convey the damages done to women and their relationships by these societal expectations of women in the late 1870’s. Because it was what her society expected of her, Nora lived with her father until she married Torvald and never gave the situation a second thought until the very end of A Doll’s House. Nora “went from Papa’s hands to [Torvald’s]” who “arranged everything to [his] own taste” and was never given the chance to live or work on her own. The woman was always cared for, shielded from monetary issues, as many women of her time were, and forced into the mold society had for all women of her time. Nora was thrust into a position to be the perfect mother and wife, without ever being given the chance to figure out if that is what she wanted.
If the courter selects the correct chest, that man is her husband-to-be—that is it. In this sense, she is unfortunately seen as an object with no say or opinion in the matter. In this day in age, the gender roles were exactly that. Women were valued more as objects than people with little or no say in most important decisions. Women were expected to serve their man and do whatever they could to make them happy, with little to no
Only Daughter by Sandra Cisneros The title "Only Daughter" has several meanings to the author Sandra Cisneros. Her being the only daughter in her family meant that she had to work twice as hard to gain her father’s approval. It meant that she was excluded from playing with her brothers because they did not want to be seen playing with a girl. It meant that when she was older she was supposed to grow up get married and have children. It also meant Sandra had a different relationship with her father than her brothers.
The boys of the family were always encouraged to do well but the girls were always told by the father they would never amount to much as they weren’t very bright and it didn’t matter anyway, so were never supported/helped. Schooling was a struggle and was at times bullied by bigger girls. She was repeatedly told by a teacher in her primary school years that she was useless and would never amount to much unless she pulled her socks up and made an effort. Secondary schooling followed the same pattern. She wanted to be a teacher/engineer but her father scoffed at that idea so she left school at 15 to work in an office as a clerical worker.
That made her love Nicky very strongly, and she accepted he did a lot of things that the three older sons never were allowed to. Nicky was spoiled, and sometimes he acted like he has known he was meant to be a girl: “I think Nicky must have known he was meant to have been a girl because when he grew up all his emphasis was in the other direction. More than any of his brothers, he was indulged like none of his brothers had been – his mother’s favourite despite, or because of not being a girl” (l. 12 to l.18). After Nicky’s death in a young age, Nicky’s parents have to make difficult decisions, and it becomes clear that the mother is the strongest of them – mentally. The father, Frank Randall, does not have the strength to step forward and say what he thinks they should do with his sons heart: “Twenty-five years of being in charge of 400 acres and all that lived on it, generations of Randalls ruling the roost, of which he was the latest heir, hadn’t made him capable at that moment of being the one to step forward and speak” (l.122 to l.125).