In the early 1900’s and long before then women were not treated equally to men. Your feelings were not valid because of your gender and any ideas or beliefs you had were ignored. In the novel Brooklyn and the short story Silence the female characters show just how unfairly a woman was treated. Eilis from Brooklyn was a very indecisive and submissive main character. She allowed others to make important life decisions for her. Specifically, when her sister Rose decides to send her from Ireland to America to work. (Toibin, pg 27) Lady Gregory from Silence knew her intelligence, but was also aware she couldn’t upstage her husband. If her husband and his colleagues were discussing a topic she had knowledge on she couldn’t speak, because she had to seem feeble minded. “She had read all the latest books and she chose her words slowl...
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...ve and afraid to speak their minds. Our society has grown tremendously and allows women and men to be considered each other’s equals. Women are now allowed to do things they could never dream of before 1920’s. Women no longer need to fall silent when there is something they need to say.
• "The Fight for Women's Suffrage." History.com. A&E Television Networks, n.d. Web. 09 Dec. 2013.
• "Gender Roles in the 20th Century." By Megan Worley. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Dec. 2013.
• Toibin, C. (2009). Brooklyn. New York, NY: Scribner.
• Toibin, C. (2011). Silence. New York, NY: Scribner.
• (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.archives.gov/historical-docs/document.html?doc=13&title.raw=19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Women's Right to Vote
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