The thoughts of Edna are confounding to herself since she doesn’t know what she wants in life. ... ... middle of paper ... ...iterary texts. A time period where the generations of matrons were oppressed by patriarchs. Bestowing to Hall, “Through such body scrutinizing theories, the literary and cultural critic would examine textual references to and values on the bodies of characters…” (Hall 210). Without out a doubt, none of the marriages or lives of the women provided in the texts were stabilized.
From the choice of room to expression of her own feelings, the narrator is consistently denied the chance to act upon her own desires and to have them validated by the people around her. The sense of both duty towards and dependency on her husband is a dominate theme in the story. Mental illness is both denied and caused by the social relations of which she does get to participate. As the story progresses, Perkins contrasts the relative coldness of those surrounding her narrator with the life she finds in the wallpaper: “I never saw so much expression in an inanimat... ... middle of paper ... ... tragedy of the story however, is that the narrator will certainly be put into permanent internment, as her peers will seek to assert their own opinions with more directly. In conclusion, “Yellow Wallpaper” presents a situation in which its narrator is subject to controlling, rationalistic logic by male authority figures and is incapable of responding to her own needs.
The most prevalent and obvious gender issue present in the novella was that Edna challenged cultural norms and broke societal expectations in an attempt to define herself. Editors agree, “Edna Pontellier flouts social convention on almost every page…Edna consistently disregards her ‘duties’ to her husband, her children, and her ‘station’ in life” (Culley 120). Due to this, she did not uphold what was expected of her because she was trying to be superior, and women were expected to be subordinate to men. During that time, the women were viewed as possessions that men controlled. It was the woman’s job to clean the house, cook the meals, and take care of the children, yet Edna did none of these things.
Edna Pontellier’s marriage is a failure in her own eyes. Although when thinking of other husbands she at one time admits that, “she knew of none better” than her own, she is in no way happy with her married life. When describing the feelings Edna had regarding her marriage Chopin describes the marriage as, “An indescribable oppression, which seemed to generate in some unfamiliar part of her consciousness, filled her whole being with a vague anguish. It was like a shadow, like a mist passing across her soul’s summer day”. Throughout the course of this novel Edna is coming to the realization that she is extremely unhappy with her married life, and she wishes to be free from the oppression that she feels with the relationship with her husband.
Anita Nair points out a plain truth that the non-performance or lack of performance of women is social, professional and political fields are due to their ignorance in the respective fields. Their life is centered on their husbands and children and family and their social contact is also very limited. Hence there are many women who are incapable of thinking anything beyond marriage and children as their greatest aspirations. It is often said that "A modem man is a walking civil war". But it is more applicable to modem woman who undergoes the ceaseless and serious inner struggle of choosing between the conventional ideal of femininity and the modem mode of new womanhood.
The critic goes on to note that men in Faulkner's works tend to undermine women and their roles in society. Women are oppressed and are usually controlled by men. The women try to fight the men in their society and are trying to find a way to escape from their grasps. They are hesitant to stand up to the men and instead they tend to hide away. Backman notes that, "The will to confront reality seems to be losing out to the need to escape"(p.184).
The fact that Serena feels hostility towards the Handmaids is ignorant because she knows that they have not chosen their position in society, but rather they were forced into it. At the end of the novel, Serena finds out about Offred’s secret visit to Jezebel’s. She is mostly upset with Offred, which is completely unreasonable because the Commander had forced her to accompany him to Jezebel’s. This is a direct example of the feminist way of thinking: it’s always the fault of a women’s promiscuity, not a man’s. Serena’s attitude supports the order of Gilead, because she tortures the Handmaids, who cannot help themselves.
At this time, women weren’t allowed to vote and it was socially unacceptable for a woman to do much without the proper consent of her husband or father. In the story, The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the reader explores the idea of how deeply this oppression affected the average woman. In the story, the main character is denied the simple right of her own sanity and peace of mind wherever she expressed desires to be free. The nineteenth century was not a pleasant time for women, especially for those who were brave enough to ask to be treated like a man. The beginning of The Yellow Wallpaper offers an introduction to the two main characters, the narrator and her husband, John.
There is a real sense that Pecola cannot participate in traditions, or receive wisdom from previous generations, because her family life is so unhealthy. When her own body begins to change, she can only fear it. Her mother has not taken care to prepare her for those changes, in sharp contrast to Mrs. MacTeer, who has fully prepared ... ... middle of paper ... ...Pecola as an individual. She instead sees Pecola as an abstracted representative of a whole social class, a social class she hates, and consequently she was merciless and cruel to Pecola. While everyone continue to treat Pecola bad in every way, Pecola retreats further and further from the real world into madness.
There are clues, however, which do point the blame towards Leland, but these are never directly mentioned or formally addressed. Laura is seen crying out for help, but is too scared to come out and say anything, even to the ones she loves. This addresses American soc... ... middle of paper ... ...almer'; (Kuzniar 122). This tells the audience that a woman is really just an incomplete man, and should be treated as that. This justifies to males the abuse of women, as they are weak and inferior due to their 'lack' of body parts.