She tells Joe straight what she is and that she isn't going to be pushed around anymore. At the beginning of the screenplay Shirley was a bored middle-aged housewife who was lonely and hated herself. Now she is a happy and more confident person who knows who she is. This play shows the changes and contrasts of Shirley through different stages throughout her life. The play is organised cleverly by Willy Russell to make it evident that these changes are occurring.
In Rita Dove’s “Daystar,” Dove describes an unnamed mother’s repetitive and exhausting daily routine to reflect the unsatisfying role that women play in society. The woman in the poem fulfills her duties as a mother by performing her chores and watching after her children, but at the end of the day, feels empty. Going through the same motions and actions day after day are not enough to fulfill the woman’s wants or needs anymore and she finds herself dreaming of a place other than the one she currently occupies. Dove switches tones frequently to express the emotions that the woman experiences throughout her day and uses disheartening words to mirror the mother’s displeasure with her life. Diction is an integral part of the poem because Dove manipulates certain words to elicit feelings of compassion from the reader.
She will lead a lonely, solitary life that has driven many mad. Luckily, because of the feminist movement in the 60’s, our society is more accepting of the different choices women make. There still is the pressure to be a supermom, but it is perfectly acceptable to be a working mom as well, or not be a mom at all and just focus on careers. One just must be able to handle the consequences that come with their decisions. The message in “A Doll’s House” is just as applicable today as it was when it was written.
Brady lists tasks after tasks which make it seems as being a wife is physically and mentally impossible, Brady then finishes her short story with a cry of desperation , "My God, who wouldn't want a wife?" Being a housewife has its disadvantages such as working everyday without help nor acknowledgment from anyone. All around the world housewives are folding clothes, arranging closets, cleaning millions of surfaces and cooking every... ... middle of paper ... ...need a break and want someone who will do everything for them. In conclusion, “I want a wife” goes more in depth of just the typical wanting a wife just because the tittle says so. It is more about the emotional pain a wife has to go trough to take care of her family.
Womanhood was a strong theme in the two essays as well. In My Mother Never Worked she understood the expectations as a lady to marry and raise a family. She even confronted the worry she felt towards this future for herself in the letters to her fiancé. She wrote, “ I have told you a dozen times I won’t be afraid of married life, but when it comes down to setting a date and then picturing myself a married woman with half a dozen or more kids to look after, it just makes me sick... I am weeping right now.” Later on in the narrative all the examples of hard work and sacrifice she does, like learning to garden and care for farm animals, sewing new cloths from scraps of cloth, and carrying buckets of water up and down miles
Her women are real flesh and blood characters from whom one cannot take one’s eyes of. One can visualize with clarity, the struggle and trauma they go through in their relationships pertaining to their surroundings, their society, their families, their children and especially with their men. In That Long Silence Despande has depicted the Character of Jaya as an educated typical middle class house wife with lots of love and affection for her children who is dutiful and respectful to her husband and in-laws but neglected when it comes to her feelings and emotions. Her sincerity, honesty and dedication are not recognized by anyone who ultimately sinks her into silence. Her silence is symbolic to most women in the
At first, Nora may seem as if she is just a mindless, care free woman who is content with her life. Nevertheless, Nora Helmer is truly a strong willed individual who becomes aware of her underappreciated and overlooked potential. The limitations that society brought upon women of her time, as well as her need to have a real relationship with her husband and children, are the elements that shaped Nora’s motivation to leave her family and doll- like way of life in the end. In A Doll House, Nora and Torvald Helmer are an upper class, married couple who go about their lives in a way that their society would see as completely normal. Torvald works at a bank in which he recently received a large promotion that created a more than comfortable lifestyle for their family.
The Use of Tone and Metaphors in Marks by Linda Pastan Linda Pastan?s poem ?Marks? is unusual because it addresses the frustrations of a typical housewife. Few people consider being a wife and mother a full-time job in itself, and it is not uncommon for a woman who plays both of these roles to feel overworked and unappreciated. What is unusual about Pastan?s poem is the way she effectively conveys these sentiments by the use of metaphors, tone, and informal diction. The speaker?s attitude is one of indifference, and this is made apparent by the metaphors she uses to compare her family?s regard for her duties as a wife and mother to school grades.
At first, it looked like they were just caught in marriage monotony, but after the surface has been scratched deeper, it was clear that these two women were crying for attention: but they had different reasons. While Boyle describes Mrs. Ames as elegant, gentle, and quiet, Steinbeck gives to Elisa more strength. Her face was “lean and strong”, and her figure looked “blocked and heavy in her gardening costume”. Both women find their own ways to cover lack of happiness in their everyday lives. The astronomer’s wife is managing the house finding the silliest things to keep her busy: “…from the removal of the spot left there from dinner on the astronomer’s vest to the severe trashing of the mayonnaise for lunch”.
The similarities between both the poems are that both women want freedom from their present life. The differences between the two poems are that in “Woman Work” all she has to comfort her is what nature can provide whereas in “Overheard in County Sligo” she already has a fine life but she craves fame. They both want different lives to the ones they are living at the moment. The theme of the poem “Woman Work” is that she is a very busy, lonely woman, probably a slave, who just wants something which she can call her own even if it is some time to herself. I think the sub-text of the poem is that all she wants is some happiness and to be able to rest occasionally in her life because she feels she does the same routine of work everyday.