Little Women follows the lives of the four March sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, through their transition from childhood to adulthood. Throughout the novel, their mother teaches them important life lessons through their experiences and the mistakes they have made. Many celebrate Little Women as a feminist novel considering the seemingly feminist character of Jo. However, readers cannot regard this novel as a feminist one since it allows for the continuation of a sexist society. The main protagonist, Jo, wishes to achieve great things in her life, but society 's norm restricts her.
The doctors thought “she had died from heart disease-of joy that kills.” However, she didn't die from the joy of getting to see her living husband but from losing her future filled with freedom. Most women in Mrs Mallard’s situation were expected to be upset at the news of her husbands death, and they would worry more about her heart trouble, since the news could worsen her condition. However, her reaction is very different. At first she gets emotional and cries in front of her sister and her husbands friend, Richard. A little after, Mrs. Mallard finally sees an opportunity of freedom from her husbands death.
Knowing about Mrs. Mallard’s heart, he realizes that they need to take caution in letting Mrs. Mallard know about it. Josephine told her because Richards feared “any less careful, less tender” person relaying the message to Louise Mallard (1). Because of her heart trouble, they think that if the message of her husband’s death is delivered to her the wrong way, her heart would not be able to withstand it. They also think that if someone practices caution in giving her the message, that, ... ... middle of paper ... ...that Chopin describes her eyes in this story shows elation. The author describes her joy over her husband’s death as monstrous to give the reader the idea that she feels extreme joy over an event that would normally elicit the opposite reaction in a person.
Robert awakens the “symptoms of infatuation” that she had when she was a young woman. Edna states that her husband seemed “like a person whom she had married without love as an excuse." The quote demonstrates that Edna recognizes that she does not love her husband and has come to the realization that their relationship is completely devoid of passion. Dissatisfied with her marriage, Edna dreams of being with Robert. The realization of her love for Robert causes Edna much grief because she understands that she can never act on her feelings for Robert because of her marriage to Leonce.
It is said that a girl can often develop some of her mother's characteristics. Although, in their works, Kincaid, Hong Kingston and Davenport depict their protagonists searching for their own identities, yet being influenced in different ways by their mothers. Jamaica Kincaid's poem Girl, is about a young woman coming-of-age receiving helpful advice from her mother. In this poem, Kincaid addresses several issues where a mother's influence is beneficial to a young woman's character. The mother, or speaker, in Girl, offers advice to her daughter- advice that she otherwise would not learn without being told or shown.
After her mother’s mistress passes away, she is then sent to a relative whose name is Dr. Flint. He is very mean to Linda and she struggles to stay away from the consistency of Dr. Flint trying to engage in a sexual relationship with her. An example of this is when stated in the book by Linda “When he to... ... middle of paper ... ...is that Edna probably had kids because it was the norm, but then knew that her entitling her freedom and affairs weren’t the best for her kids either. I feel like Linda didn’t really want to get married, or have kids, but because it was the normal thing to do in her high class and society. I feel like she wanted to always be a free woman but wasn’t allowed to, but then she just one day decided to do her.
Mrs. Mallard hears the news of her husband’s death, which turns into a moment of great happiness for her since she is finally freed from marriage. Though, she ends up not getting the freedom and the life she had once hoped for her husband turns out to actually be alive, and Mrs. Mallard dies instead. In “The Yellow Wallpaper”, she is also feeling held down by her husband as he doesn’t take her seriously or listen to her. Though she believes she has escaped from the wallpaper, but turns to insanity in the process. Both desperately want an actual life of freedom and liberties, yet neither quite get what they want.
These two techniques make the text somewhat relatable to the reader’s own personal experiences with their elders. The mother’s experiences as an unknowingly repressed woman led to her skewed mentality of what it means to be a female in society. This mentality negatively affected her opinion of her daughter’s choices, making her feel as though she needed to give instruction and judgment to her daughter. Reader’s see that not everything can be passed from generation to generation. Mother isn’t always right.
Men and women communicate differently not because it is a biologically encoded in our DNA but because society moles us to act upon our biological difference. I want to explore on this idea that society teaches men and women to converse differently to each other, assert themselves differently in certain situations talk more or less depending on your gender. One of the most obvious ways we are able to compare gender communication a difference is through conversation. Most of people can think of a time when they’ve a had conversation with the opposite sex, and felt that they weren’t on the same page as the person you were talking to. This isn’t because you are just wired to think differently, this is because society has long told us that men must be competitive while women must take submissive roles in society.
According to Carol Baileys article on Performance and the Gendered Body in Jamaica Kincaid 's ‘Girl’ “The poem is fictional representation of the double-edged tendencies which involves child-rearing practices in many Caribbean societies: as the mother provides guidelines for living, the moments of care are constantly weaken by the severity evident in what the mother actually saying and the fact that her daughter is lectured with little room for discussion” (Carol Bailey 106). The instructions in the poem “Girl” reveal an effective performance of gender roles assigned to women in the Caribbean societies which shows significant acts in domestic, social, and other spheres. Carol Bailey argues that the poem’s primary refrain, "this is how," demonstrate a clear emphasis on particular ways one believed or taught to act, and it calls attention to a type of performance that allows the young female to reinforce where she belongs in the community of respectable women (Carol Bailey 106). The social norms and gender conducts in the Caribbean is a setting where females are constantly aware of how their body is shaped