Marriage in the 20’s was different from previous years. The 1920’s became the start of something major for women as they gained the right to vote with the help of the 19th amendment. Women gained freedom and the norms of the house started to change after that. Traditions were starting to be left in the past as women weren’t forced to do the “housewife” role. The women in the marriage were allowed to do more than sit and tend to the house. She could help her house or venture out and find work of her own. In Delia’s case, things did not become 50/50.
In her younger years, Jane shows that girls do not need to follow society’s normalities through the defiance of her aunt, Mrs. Reed. As a young orphan, Jane lives with her aunt and her three children, and due to Jane’s “plain looks” and “quiet yet passionate character,” she is disliked among the entire Reed family (Gao). Her cousin, John, constantly reminds her of her social standing, calling her a “dependent” who should not “live with gentlemen’s children” like her cousins (Bronte 10). Rather than acting in accordance with her cousin, Jane, in rage of how she is treated with “miserable cruelty” (Bronte 36), Jane compares him to a “murderer...a slave driver...like the Roman emperors” (Bronte 10). Because of her refusal to submit to John Reed’s aggressiveness and accept that she is lesser than him and his family, Jane is punished for the night by her Aunt Reed. Mrs. Reed’s punishment of Jane demonstrates her part in the oppression ‘machine.’ Mrs. Reed should have understood Jane’s refusal to be docile, being a woman herself, but ...
Cinderella Ate My Daughter: Dispatches From the Front Lines of the New Girlie-Girl Culture. By Peggy Orenstein. New york, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 2011, 192 pages
To first understand feminism, one must be aware of the factors and forces that made—and still make—the fight for women’s rights such a relevant necessity. For example, women are mistreated and undervalued in athletics. Sharon Lennon, author of What is Mine, was taught this lesson young, as an excellent female softball player on a male team. After asking to play catcher in a game, the coach responded, “All right…but you’ll have to wear a cup” (Lennon, 215). This continues through less attention and money allotted to female teams, as well as fewer and lower-valued scholarships for female athletes.
Books, plays, and movies that depict culture and social life often make statements about social issues such as gender roles, racism, and class distinction. Stories set up a context in which characters relate, often representing “stock” characters chosen from society and placed in situations where their stereotypical behaviors—and sometimes their breaking of these stereotypes—are highlighted. As feminism became a popular movement in Western countries in general and the United States in particular, female voices were naturally heard through fictional characters. Social and political issues commonly fuel entertainment; feminism, racism, and classism—recurring themes in entertainment through the 20th Century and into the modern day—have defined many narratives that are considered classics. The works that portray aspects of feminist issues and other facets of social inequality are Margaret Mitchell’s Gone With the Wind, Flannery O’Connor’s “Revelation,” and Henrik Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House.” These stories use the female protagonists or lack thereof in central characters to expose gender roles, the perpetuation of social inequality through conversation and refusal to accept change, and the processes of transformation—or lack thereof—to make powerful statements that expose social problems.
To conclude, while the tragic life of Antoinette Cosway Mason is rife with unfortunate circumstances, nothing is more critical to her eventual end than the racial identity she forms as a lonely and isolated child. The short-lived success of Antoinette’s arranged marriage to Rochester can be traced back to his view of her as, “foreign,” and “other.” By identifying so strongly with the culture of her servants and former slaves, Antoinette winds up torn between two cultures, and neither accepted nor respected by either.
People can easily recognize gender roles. Hemmingway assigned unique and equally powerful characteristics to each sex. Lady Ashley (or Brett), the primary female character, has every characteristic that a female should: beauty, liveliness, vulnerability and manipulativeness. She is expected to use her sexuality and reach her goals, ultimately ensuring her own happiness. Brett only gains happiness when she makes everyone around her miserable. She uses her charm and ensur...
In the world today, people are treated in different manners based off their gender, in which they can’t control. Many of the average stereotypes and gender roles affect both men and women in how they live their lives. These stereotypes can inflict physical and mental obstacles onto those who believe that they cannot be successful if they go against what is considered ‘normal.’ Not only do these stereotypes affect us today, but they became influenced by the treatment of certain genders in earlier times. The novel “Chains” expresses how many women were treated as lesser equals and viewed as insignificant in the start of the Revolutionary War. In “Chains,” the years of 1776 and 1777 are seen through the eyes of a young black slave, Isabel, and
Gender roles have been an object of interest and conversation for centuries. In today’s society, being a woman is a defining quality, arguably more than being a man. Women are the building blocks of society, but often treated as second class citizens. The literary world is not exempt from this unfortunate injustice. It is a difficult feat to find a literary piece depicting a woman who does not conform to one of these many roles forced upon women. Whether the woman portrayed is a schoolgirl, a mother, a businesswoman, or a common housewife, chances are there is a stereotype that can be found in her character.
In society, constructs of correctness have been formed on the basis of expected, gendered behavior. Individuals have traditional roles that they play which are based on the historical performance of their gender. Although very rigid, these traditional roles are frequently transferred, resulting in an altered and undefinable identity that exists beyond the boundaries of gender. These transgressions into the neuter role are characterized by a departure from the normal roles of society which, if successful, complete the gender transference and allow the individual to live within a new set of boundaries. The Female Marine, or the Adventures of Lucy Brewer is the fictional autobiography of a woman who recounts her experiences in the navy and life as a cross-dressed male. Throughout her narratives, Lucy is able to successfully leap back and forth between gender roles without repercussion. On the other hand, Hannah W. Foster's The Coquette is a sentimental seduction tale that narrates the tragic demise of a young woman who attempts to exceed acceptable behavioral boundaries by establishing herself as a virile, independent individual, a role established by Simone de Beauvoir to be associated with the male (Beauvoir 405). Because of the similarity in the situations of these women there lies a need for an examination of their narrative purpose. The differing results of success with these women are found in the author's reflection of their audience's narrative expectations that deal with the social outcome of women who attempt to move beyond gender-identified behavioral roles.