This all goes back to how she is treated based on her gender and how that causes adversities in her life that shape her character. Loneliness affects how Curley’s wife acts and the decisions she decides to make. She gets treated as less powerful and objectified, her dreams got crushed and all the actions and choices she makes leads back to her unhappy marriage. All her surroundings lead her to act in a flirtatious manner. How she is portrayed as a woman, Her broken dream that lead to her relationship with Curley and the choices and actions she make that were because of her surroundings are all reasons why she is lonely.
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Likewise, women have also been victims of society as they are constantly targeted by sexism and misogyny; leading them to feel inferior to men in society. The novel A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hossieni is an excellent exemplar of this treatment. Hossieni introduces readers to two Afghani women, who are brought together as a result of their battle against sexism and misogyny which is present within their community. The analysis of this plotline and research from secondary sources helps to prove, that the premise that women within a misogynistic society are degraded is true and is reflected through discrimination within the education system, misrepresentation of women in the media and the categorization of stereotypes. In Afghani society, women are victims of domestic violence, inequality and other types of abuse; however, the lack of education also takes an equal, if not greater toll than the abuse these women persevere through on a daily basis.
The internal conflict is man versus himself because the narrator ad to deal with depression and the treatment, which made it worse for her. The central conflict is man versus man because the narrator has to deal with the way her husband is treating her as a human and as a patient. The themes of the story are inferiority of women in marriage, expressing yourself, and effects of treatment and they are universal. The main theme is the importance of expressing yourself because if you don’t express yourself, you will lose yourself and then you won’t be who you truly are. An important symbol is the yellow wallpaper, which is in the room the narrator spends all her time in and is forced to stay in.
Male dominance is something that is showed in both stories “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “A Rose for Emily”. Both the women in these stories feel they can’t be complete without a dominant male role in their life or that it was forced upon them. However, they both find a way out of this over powering rule through insanity, as some people see it. In the time the stories were based and written, women were not supposed to be sophisticated or intelligent, and were over taken by their emotions. The men believed all that women were good for was housekeeping and taking care of children.
In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, women were often portrayed as submissive to men. Women were seen as oppressed by society as well as by the males in their lives. Both of Gilman’s bodies of works, “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “Turned”, illustrate the fight for selfhood by women in a demoralized and oppressive environment. The narrator’s escape from her unbalanced marriage and captivity is her complete loss of sanity. Mrs. Marroner overcomes her husband’s infidelity and emotional control by taking in the vulnerable Gerta and leaving her husband.
In her writings, she explains that the more she became insane, the more the wall paper became a big issue to her that is why she smudged ultimately. Her attitude towards the wallpaper grew from bitterness to hate and she even feels that it smells. This symbolizes the hatred she had for the wallpaper because it highly contributed to her insanity.... ... middle of paper ... ...per suffered from psychological health problems and was to cope with it and also with the husband who has placed her in a solitary environment with the thoughts that it will facilitate her rehabilitation. In the end, instead of being cured, the narrator her mental state deteriorated and she became totally insane. Works Cited Hedges, Elaine R. “Afterward” to “The Yellow Wallpaper” Old Westbury, NY.
The two short stories are about the women being forced into isolation because of their gender and the beliefs of the men controlling their lives. Both female characters are overwhelmed with maintaining the image that is imposed by the men in high societies, but even more with the feeling of imprisonment and dealing with being mentally and emotionally ill. Although, the stories are similar they have their own twists. In “A Rose for Emily” Emily's father is overprotective and gives up on the idea of any man being good enough for his daughter, keeping her from finding true love and living her own life. It is a story of loneliness, feelings of being controlled, and depression.