Even a Wife, the highest-ranking woman in Gilead, is defined in relation to a man. Bearing this in mind it may seem odd that Offred views men with a certain sympathy whilst remaining wary of women, but it is a correct assumption. It is possible to assume from the narration that, despite being a staunch feminist, Offred relates more comfortably to the opposite sex than she does to her own. Throughout the novel she is increasingly critical and scathing of other women, whilst becoming emotionally attached to the various men in her life. It is not known whether this was a character trait of the pre-Gilead Offred, although she is somewhat dismissive of her own mother’s strong feminist views, and of Moira’s views on lesbianism and balanced sexual power between women (as opposed to an unequal balance between a man and a woman.)
In failing to condemn, and even condoning Calixta’s behavior, as well as acknowledging the existence and depth of sexual desire in women, Chopin infuses “The Storm” with a strong feminist quality. Chopin calls the very institution of marriage into question with this story. The simple presence of Calixta’s sexual desire and its prominent intensity make this story innovative in its’ Feminist statement about women and their sexuality. Chopin uses the symbolism of a thunderstorm to describe the passion between Calixta and Alcee. First, Calixta is not fully aware of the approaching storm, and her desires may not be quite as obvious to her; yet as the storm continues, Calixta gets increasingly aroused.
Although Calixta’s was not faithful in her marriage, she finally experienced passion and intimacy so strong that it surpassed all earthly understanding. Bobinot was a good and loyal husband, but his child-like behavior and inability to be sexual intimate with his wife led her to fulfill her needs elsewhere. Calixta just exercised her right as a woman to experience enigmatic passion, which changed her whole outlook on her boring, dull life. Calixta was sexually awakening by Alcee, her motive was not to spite he husband but merely fill the sexual void her husband could not. After the affair ends she goes about her life a changed woman, she is more alive, a better person, all equated to her finally receiving what she deserved in first place, unfathomable sexual
Because the Declaration of Independence is such a well-known and sacred piece, her commentary on the sexual discrimination of Jefferson’s work sparks both support and outrage. Surprisingly, both men and women agreed on her view, yet plenty of women criticized her daring ideas. Unlike Cady Stanton, who is highly educated, some females felt content with their lives and were profoundly against change. These females assumed that they were incapable of performing at the same level as males. According to Stanton, “He has withheld from her rights which are given to the most ignorant and degraded men” (273).
The last husband was violent, and his hands on approach to the relationship ended up being his downfall. Some of The Wife of Baths shortcomings and faults were her inability to maintain a stable relationship and her desire to flirt with other men while her husbands were out of town. Other than her failures in relationships, she was a pioneer for women of her time. At a time when women did not have a lot of freedom, she seemed to live a free lifestyle. She spoke her mind and was quick to talk about her knowledge in pleasing men, sex and she spoke out against virginity.
However, while apparently attempting to assert female dominance over men, the effect the Wife desires is to bring men and women to a more balanced level of power. No attempt to change the minds of others with regard to social order could possibly be effective without a statement of the shortcomings of the current order. This is where the Wife may often be written off as a shrew-like bombast simply spouting her dissatisfaction. She does, however, state several clever examples of how her society currently treats women unfairly. She states that double standards for women and men are too common and are deeply rooted in culture.
The Wife of Bath’s is a hypocrite with wisdom and advice that would be most helpful to her in her situation completely in control over her marriages and how they affected her. Even through her prologue she “hints at the erotic activity (Cox)” Which is strange, especially in a time when women only job was to keep their husbands happy and have children. So one must ask oneself how did Chaucer intend to portray the wife of Bath’s? Alisoun seems to defy any type of frame of a good woman during the 1300s. However, this is far from unusual in Chaucer’s writing, “Chaucer genuinely wished to write about good women, choose to adapt the biographies of women generally thought to be bad?” therefore even though he may have written the Wife of Bath in
Societal pressures and influences to conform to expected gender roles determine peoples ability to achieve true happiness. For example, Hester defies the gender expectations and is happy, meanwhile Dimmesdale defies them and is miserable. Gender roles are especially an area of interest in society during the Puritan era, as well as now. Double standards are always closely linked to the topic of gender roles. In The Scarlet Letter especially, double standards between men and women are seen.
The wife saw that men often spoke this way about women, so that could have brought the wife to the conclusion that men are the problem and the reason for all the women stereotypes. The Wife of Bath showed many feminist views through the character of the wife. The wife’s character comes alive with her big personality and a lot of that has to do with some of the feminist views that she portrays throughout the poem. She shows that women don’t have to stick to the rules of society made for them by just being who she is, and she makes it known that she will not be like the average everyday women of that time. While reading the wife of bath we can see that the wife stands up for feminist views with no fear or shame of doing so no matter what the men and women of the town may say about
While she accepts and acknowledges many of the social expectations, especially manners, others she challenges profusely. Jane Austen is most likely channelling her views through this character and commenting on the lifestyle and values she was brought up with. One of the reasons Mr Darcy falls in love with Elizabeth is because she has an intelligence and openness of mind, ‘you were always dis... ... middle of paper ... ...ews of these ideologies. While Elizabeth does accept many of the norms of the period she also challenges the purpose for marriage and has an outspoken mind. Her confident personality doesn’t allow the fact that she has less wealth than many others and is constantly being scorned at to interfere with her happiness.