When he would ask her to complete a task, it would get done well because she would do anything for him. “Nevertheless I worked willingly under his eyes, and with a feeling of pride.” (774) Set side by side with her mother, the narrator would hate working in the house. Therefore, when it came to her mother, the girl thought that she was plotting against her; all to keep her away from working with her father. “She was plotting now to get me to stay in the house more, although she knew I hated it (because she knew I hated it) and keep me from working for my father.” (775) Many would say that it was a woman’s duty to work inside due to her being soft and delicate compared to a man’s duty to work out in the yard because of his physical strength. The narrator did not know the difference between working inside the house or out in the yard.
She hates the implications that women in her society “belong” to men, and that their place is at home doing domestic chores and raising children. This impression is reinforced when Kate Chopin lets the reader view the situation through Edna’s eyes, saying that women are regarded “as one looks at a valuable piece of property…” (p.11) Furthermore, men decide women’s role in life declaring that “if it is not a (woman’s) place to look after children, who on earth was it?” (p.15) This role is so precisely defined, ensuring that women will stay within the walls of the house with their families. Marriage was the process by which men gained total control over women. The author indicates that a marriage at that period of time was not always carefully planned but was rather a spontaneous and passionate act. For example, Edna’s “ma... ... middle of paper ... ... was arrogant and overconfident of himself and his heritage, and was sure that the fault was Desiree’s never questioning his own ancestry.
But men still stereotype women, believing that women are not strong enough/tough enough to do anything but housework and take care of children. A lot of men believe that they are stronger and tougher and stereotype women as weak and emotional housewives and mothers. Children are still taught to fit their gender roles. Boys are still told to always be the brave, strong family supporter while girls are told that their purpose is to bear children and look good for their husbands. But women are making their way into the same activities as men, and eventually, one day, it is possible for that stereotype will fall.
The roles in which gender is the main factor has been fought over but the fact of the matter is that it is still being fought over today. Not only is a gender role an old disagreement, but it is also the hidden symbolic meaning behind Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper. In her short story published in 1899, author Charlotte Perkins Gilman effectively use symbolic patterns to comment on how societal oppressions create insanity. Although John thinks he is being supportive by enforcing the “rest cure” for his wife, his lack of listening reflects the roles determined by gender. Men have grown up in a society in which changing what they do not approve of, even women, is okay.
Irony of Small Trifles In the drama Trifles, Glaspell shows two main view points. That is how the men have the role of being the head of everything and how the women do not get as fairly treated and are only house maids to the men. She characterizes the men as not giving the women the credit they deserve for their hard labors each and everyday. The sheriff, attorney, and neighboring farmer help prove how in the past men were completely superior to women. By showing these two points it makes us feel more sympathetic for the women because of how they are treated.
In this reading, you can see how Gilman is struggling to defend her argument on the reason male and female gender role has such a negative effect. The woman is being overwhelming by her emotions because it’s like her husband the one who supposed to care for her is taking her as a joke. She says her husband” “hates to have [her] write a word” (5)—and wallpapering her room (6). John is afraid for his wife to write only because he feels this will rekindle her thoughts of being a mother and wife again. Like before women aren’t the ones that will be the stronghold.
Women were supposed to abide by any rules the man set forth. Matthias enforced this belief in his home by abusing his wife to make her fear him. But his wife, Margaret, was tough and didn’t believe her husband was any more powerful than she was. These actions caused Matthias to despite women, which grew more and more as he became older. Once he created his Kingdom later in his life, he made clear his feelings toward women in that they were nothing better than maids and sexual subjects to men.
Discriminating gender roles throughout the movie leaves one to believe if they are supposed to act a certain way. This film gives women and men roles that don’t exist anymore, during the 60s women were known to care for the family and take care of the house, basically working at home. However, a male was supposed to fight for his family, doing all the hard work so his wife didn’t have too. In today’s world, everyone does what makes them happy. You can’t tell a woman to stay at home, that makes them feel useless.
Minnie Foster and Nora Helmer are two females living in a male controlled world. They must play mindless girls, who voluntarily obey with male expectations and requests. Women's emotions in both stories are rather trifling. Nora and Minnie spend their lives in seclusion and religious neglect, which they repeatedly take for granted. Nora's husband does not seem to take Nora sincerely.
Many viewed women as slaves to man and that should be placed in a household where they belong because women could not perform the tasks of men. During the renaissance family played a crucial role for women. Parents, often to strengthen business and to tighten family bonds arranged many marriages. The male figure was the head of the family. He had authority over everyone.