Susan Glaspell uses a variety of symbols in her play to demonstrate the stereotypical view and treatment of women by men during the start of the twentieth century. She intricately portrays the female characters in her story as intelligent, but passive due to the fact that males dismiss their ideas and conversations as unimportant. The play, Trifles, uses multiple symbols to show how men fail to recognize the intelligence of women, and oppress the feminists’ way of thinking throughout society. The title, Trifles, suggests that the story is mainly focused on insignificant events or conversations. As the play proceeds, one can be amused by the satirical unfolding of events.
Transcendental principals provided an environment for these women to write, yet when released into the public, harsh reception fazed the women. These women lead the movement for female literature to be recognized among that of men. In the Realist age, the personal lives of Kate Chopin and Charlotte Perkins Gilman drove their nonfiction and fiction. Women were still considered inferior to men, and this was apparent in the reception of these women’s works. It is not until today that they are being respected as established feminist writers.
"Trifles" not only tells a story, it shows the demeaning view the men have for the women, the women?s reaction to man?s prejudice, and the women?s defiance of their powerless position. Throughout the play, Glaspell uses dialogue which allows us to see the demeaning view the men have for the women. Mr. Hale declares that "women are used to worrying about trifles" (958) trivializing the many tasks and details that women are responsible for. In his ignorance of how crucial their duties are in allowing a household to function smoothly, he implies their unimportanc...
From John Reed and his self-righteous attitude, to Rochester’s internal battle in regards to the treatment of women, Charlotte Brontë argues that sexism—something that is inherent in a patriarchal society—has an adverse effect on both m... ... middle of paper ... ...hal society, and sexism that is inherent in this sort of social structure, is that there is a negative result on both men and women. Patriarchal societies that discriminate against women simply because of their perceived weakness, is no more empowering of men as it is disenfranchising of women. Works Cited Brontë, Charlotte. Jane Eyre, An Authoritative Text, Contexts, Criticism. Ed.
In addition, Women were depicted as symbols of lust, seduction, and evil who bring destruction to men, undermining the true values of women. Furthermore, Women were expected to remain loyal to men while men have no expectation for themselves which promoted gender inequality. Exemplified by these three elements, it is evident that The Odyssey is a misogynistic text depicting a society where women occupy subservient and inferior positions. The Odyssey exemplifies a society organized and controlled by men where males consistently treated women unequally depriving them of true freedom. Homer’s male characters often saw women as second-hand citizens who had not true voice in society.
The female figures in Alice Walker’s The Color Purple were a perfect example of women being dominated by men, women who tried to go against men ... ... middle of paper ... ...day they pose as the upper hand. Relationships were not the exception to this, men dominate women and determine their status in society, leaving them as blanks of society. Relationships were not perfect at all, on the other hand they love and hate relationships where love lacked in all its aspects. Being a couple meant being dominated and suffering, and not being able to have complete happiness. The relationships Walker presents are just agreements that woman had to complete in order to be accepted by society.
This is significant because Crooks is a man of few rights, yet even he feels he is above her in the ranks, though she is quick to put him down. So, in conclusion, Miller and Steinbeck both portray women similarly. They use a variety of different ways to show how the characters they use to show this are seen, like dialogue and stage directions. Compared to modern day, many reader would be horrified to see such discriminatory language and actions towards women, because its is so different to modern society. I think the treatment of the women in both these texts is very unfair, but was common in the 1930's America.
But the men ridiculed, underestimated, and wallowed in their own pride. It is obvious how unfairly women were treated, but gradually women have been noticed and recognized for what they do and have to offer. Over time men have recognized women’s potential as they slowly fit into our society. Through the plays of Antigone and A Dolls House these situations of women being more than expected were described in detail. Also described in detail were how men acted in pride and immaturity to shun this behavior.
In short, both novels Antigone and A Doll’s House gave a different view on women during these time periods, showing that they could be intelligent, strong, determined, and loving when necessary. Each author focused in on patriarchal societies yet made women the focal point of the story. Through these two novels, readers are able to see some of the struggles women have faced up until this day although there is a much more positive light shone on the women and their decisions than before.
However, Hope Leslie does not conform to the expected behavior of women during that time, behavior that only further expressed the supposed superiority of males. Hope portrays behaviors and attitudes common in a woman today. Hope is capable of thinking for herself, is courageous, independent, and aggressive. Sir Philip Gardner describes Hope as having “a generous rashness, a thoughtless impetuosity, a fearlessness of the… dictators that surround her, and a noble contempt of fear” (211). In comparison to Esther Downing, Hope is the antithesis of what a young Puritan woman should be, and in turn, Hope gains a great deal of respect from the readers of the novel through her “unacceptable” behavior.