Despite recognising the hardships of the working class, she often ignores them, not realising that her power is due to the existence of the lower social classes. She reveals arrogance and deceit: "she was not… sorry to know her reputation for accomplishment often higher than it deserved". Although she appears to be an accomplished lady, she lacks virtue and skill. Harriet and Miss Bates invalidate Emma's comment: "a sing... ... middle of paper ... ...e not seen such good-doing since your mother". His rhetorical questions draw attention to the social expectations of women.
Should a lady be judged based on academics, money, or family name? The novel critiques the behavior of most the upper-class characters Jane meets. For example, Blanche shows her snobbish ways and has superficial actions, corruption runs rampant through John Reed, and Eliza Reed acts inhumanly cold. A primary character that shows upper-class debauchery by trying to add Jane to his harem of mistresses, Rochester tops the charts as Jane’s view of Thornfield shifts after Bertha burns it to the ground. Jane emphasizes the immense contrast between what she once saw as comforting and breathtaking, was now a waste ground.
This exploration of gender roles and the balance of power between women and the men that they control is subject to their ascribed classes and the relationships they hold. These women fall into two major categories: the autocratic and the dependent. The aristocratic “mothers” and dependent “daughters” of Fathers and Sons bring about the reevaluation of Bazarov and Arkady’s nihilistic beliefs and furthermore utilize their feminine qualities to manipulate the men in their lives. The aristocratic women or rather the “mothers” enjoy the benefits of wealth and high society and use their perspective abilities to influence men. These women portray three very different kinds of female roles.
To conclude, the Victorian period was based on the idea that society is controlled by men and that women are subject to the men. Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters emphasize the ideas that women are discriminated against in their novels. Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, and Emma contain strong female protagonists that struggle for independence and equality. However, Catherine, Jane, and Emma rebel against the stereotypical society and grow the feministic movements. Through these novels, Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters helped shape feminist literature in the Romantic and Victorian eras.
Jane Austen's Middle-Class Female Jane Austin insightfully portrays the class mentalities of the middle and upper classes during the early nineteenth century in her novel Pride and Prejudice. Society then was overly preoccupied with the distinction of classes, and with these shameless distinctions there existed an obvious hierarchy that governed people's behavior and obligations to their respective societies. Austen's story focuses on Elizabeth Bennet and her family, who are well-to-do members of middle-class society in England. Throughout the novel, the Bennets maintain social contact with their fellows of the middle-class as well as with upper-class characters; and as vanity, love, and gossip permeate the story's development, Elizabeth struggles to remain composed and levelheaded in the midst of petty follies. However, her struggle is no easy matter, for the standards of behavior and social acceptance, as well as society's traditional expectations of a young middle-class woman, become increasingly imminent during the story.
Alma and Karen struggle to find their individuality and identities through much of the novel and both women have negative self-images of themselves because they believe all of the destructive things they hear directed towards them. Majority of the characters in From Here to Eternity feel trapped and are discontent with their current lives. These individuals feel like they all have something better to discover and amount to in life. I believe the two individuals who are the most trapped and unhappy are Alma Schmidt and Karen Holmes. Alma Schmidt is described as “nothing but a common whore” (Jones 235) by Prewitt and is later referred to as a “professional whore” (Jones 671) throughout much of the novel.
The authors outlook focus on the gloomy structure in society during that time frame and therefore, create down hearted, reckless characters that offer stimulation for women of all generations. One of the seductive factors of William Faulkner’s society in “A Rose for Emily” is the traditional and adamant mental attitude of the main character in the novel. Miss Emily Grierson was stern in her ways and refused to accept change. She was known to be a hereditary obligation to the town. When the next generation and modern ideas came into progress she creates dissatisfaction by not paying her taxes.
The imposition of middle class values onto working class and black women's lives alienated these women--making the feelings of sisterhood necessary for solidarity, nearly impossible. As historian Nancy Hewitt explains, "When 'true women' [i.
Like every other woman during this time, she is seen as inferior to him. According to Carol Lasser and Stacey M. Robertson, “Female subordination [was] demanded in marriage, [and] the traditional rights conferred on wives to demand support and maintenance, and the ways in which a single woman might hold independent property and contract as an individual, are known as the feme sole” (4). Léonce pays little attention to Edna and constantly ridicules her for her mistakes: “He reproached his wife with her in attention, her habitual neglect of the children” (Chopin 7). Eventually, Edna grows tired of being humiliated by her husband and obeying his every command. This, combined with her newly-found love for her best friend and confidant, Robert Lebrun, gradually drives Edna Pontellier to completely rethink her life and defy her social rules that came along with, not only womanhood, but with the aristocracy as well.
The uniqueness of Jane's personal and artistic identity is confronted by the containment of feminism and stature. The tension between Jane and those who are under Victorian beliefs, such as Mr.Brocklehurst, and Mrs.Reed is created directly by their indifference's towards women and the poor. The feminisitic views that are abundant in Jane's life creates tension to the point where "she has trouble settling into society, not just because of her over-jealous passions, but also because of her gender. (Jackson 1)" Early in her life Jane encounters feminism not only on herself but many others. At Gateshead Jane is unaware of the purpose of Lowood School and "indeed would like to go to school"(Bronte 30) despite not knowing its reputation.