In the epic poem of “Beowulf,” Grendel’s mother is portrayed as a strong, evil-fighting woman. Yet, with the superiority of men, women are also looked down upon and withheld from several rights of passages and freedoms. In Puritan times, women were regarded as only being useful for their domestic abilities and child-bearing capabilities. As time moves forward, several outstanding women have worked to gain their own rights and fight for equality with men. A crucial part of each women’s rights movement is the first-hand perspective from a female poet or author.
This awakening starts her gender awakening. At the beginning of the novel Edna is just learning to swim and is afraid whenever she is in water and out of arms reach of safety. In this instance Edna learns that she can do things without the help of man. Metaphorically Edna is tied to the land and the society where she knows what to expect. Several chapters later she learns to swim without assistance, which awakens her to her sense of freedom and independence.
While “Story of an hour” basis its character being emotionally confined, and her great awakening being the room in which she grasps the hope of freedom. The settings show the character analyzes her new life, as her barrier and weight of being a wife is lifted, bring fourth new light. We can see in “The Yellow Wallpaper” that the author chose to base the main character John’s wife, around physical confinement in which her room symbolized imprisonment, and due to her illness mental confinement as well. Soon enough we see that her sickness takes hold making her believe she has desperately found freedom, but in reality she has found nothing merely more than herself. Something she had hated throughout the story, ending in only sadness.
he focus of this paper will be to examine Kate Chopin’s The Awakening chapter ten, specifically paragraphs five to ten. Throughout The Awakening Edna is constantly fighting with the expectations of society and her desire to be a free woman. As a woman, Edna is expected to be the perfect wife and mother, however she longs to embrace and free her creative self. Because of this battle within herself she shows many of the characteristics of depression. The passage mentioned above is very symbolic of Edna’s fight to overcome her mental illness.
When John Steinbeck mocks feminism he is trying to show how woman in the story are dominated by a male or by a male society in general. The work is introduced by finding the fault against all women. In the times when John Steinbeck wrote the story, The Chrysanthemums, women were seen as inferior. Many times men and women would perform a equal task, but the women would be oppressed just because of their gender The women were not seen in the same respect in any aspect that men were. The portrayal of women greatly influenced the way John Steinbeck wrote this story.
Charlotte Perkins Gilman is known as the first American writer who has feminist approach. Gilman criticises inequality between male and female during her life, hence it is mostly possible to see the traces of feminist approach in her works. She deals with the struggles and obstacles which women face in patriarchal society. Moreover, Gilman argues that marriages cause the subordination of women, because male is active, whereas female plays a domestic role in the marriage. Gilman also argues that the situation should change; therefore women are only able to accomplish full development of their identities.
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman Charlotte Perkins Gilman's, "The Yellow Wallpaper" is a partial autobiography. It was written shortly after the author suffered a nervous breakdown. This story was written to help save people from being driven crazy. Appropriately, this short story is about a mentally disturbed woman and her husband's attempts to help her get well. He does so by convincing her that solitude and constant bed rest is the best way to cure her problem.
In Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, and Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, the works represent the unyielding social standards pressurized onto women and how they negatively affect the female protagonists. It is also shown how the women are able to triumph over the social standards and reach towards a life of greater satisfaction as individual women. While finding themselves, they also look for an outlet, an escape. The two women achieve the ultimate goal of absconding the pressures of society and domestic life by finding an escape route through abandonment, and death. Attempting to escape the conformist standards of society while trying to create an identity for oneself is a struggle faced in both Edna Pontellier’s and Nora Helmer’s lives.
All together the stories of poverty, crime, sex, rape marriage all dealing with woman become the reason why she decides to stay connected with her cultural traditions, but also give her motivation to find a better life. She feels like she has a responsibility to return, because no one else will help these women. Esperanza dedicates this book to the woman, she addresses her book to larger community of woman. She wants them to find their place,their identity. As Esperanza accepts her past, she knows that she wil... ... middle of paper ... ...We were first left hopeless with all the stories told about the woman left behind but in reading about Beas story we can rejoice that there was hope and there continues to be hope, Bea is a representation of a woman in Cisnero's poems, she was able to set herself free from traditions from a cruel society, a manipulated cycle of life.
The Awakening In the book The Awakening, by Kate Chopin, Edna Pontellier is an unhappy, married, mother who finds an outlet from her life through a welcoming ocean. "A certain ungovernable dread hung about her when in water, unless there was a hand nearby that might reach out and reassure her. "(p.27) Edna is frightened by the ocean and very overwhelmed by its massive strength. Then she learns to swim and becomes fascinated by what was once an intimidator. "How easy it is!"