Throughout history and literature women have been second to men. In many of the books we have looked at in the duration of high school years even the most powerful and influential women are often seen under men. The women’s actions and thoughts are often looked down on by others despite the men having often performed worse actions than the they have. This drives across the idea of imbalance among the sexes and pushes the idea of women being inferior to men into the reader’s mind whether or not it is picked up. This theme comes up throughout each book either being more relevant throughout the entire storyline or simply in a brief moment.
These women authors have served as an eye-opener for the readers, both men and women alike, in the past, and hopefully still in the present. (There are still cultures in the world today, where women are treated as unfairly as women were treated in the prior centuries). These women authors have impacted a male dominated society into reflecting on of the unfairness imposed upon women. Through their writings, each of these women authors who existed during that masochistic Victorian era, risked criticism and retribution. Each author ignored convention a... ... middle of paper ... ...ded her marriage as a full canceling of her claims upon life" (674).
These lines indicate how she does not want to be near her husband and how ... ... middle of paper ... ... in life is her sexual being. It is presented in the novel that men were disrespecting woman and have tried to gain control over women by disrespecting them. In the novel it was the want of knowledge which caused both men and women in the Okanagan to be unaware of a woman’s self-respect. Not only did men disrespect women but women disrespected themselves and other women around them in this era. By comparing characters of the novel to the women of now days they are considered equal and are respected.
Through the interaction between the characters, and the wife’s inner thoughts, one can say that the women during the time period had very little or no freedom of speech. As well, the confined surroundings around the wife represent how oppressed and imprisoned women were physically and mentally. Gilman’s feminist writing of The Yellow Wallpaper gained her a little bit of that power and freedom she so desired. Gender roles and power differences must be removed from the social order for women to ever be free and equal to those of men—only then will social harmony prosper. Works Cited Gilman, Charlotte Perkins.
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.
Likewise, women have also been victims of society as they are constantly targeted by sexism and misogyny; leading them to feel inferior to men in society. The novel A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hossieni is an excellent exemplar of this treatment. Hossieni introduces readers to two Afghani women, who are brought together as a result of their battle against sexism and misogyny which is present within their community. The analysis of this plotline and research from secondary sources helps to prove, that the premise that women within a misogynistic society are degraded is true and is reflected through discrimination within the education system, misrepresentation of women in the media and the categorization of stereotypes. In Afghani society, women are victims of domestic violence, inequality and other types of abuse; however, the lack of education also takes an equal, if not greater toll than the abuse these women persevere through on a daily basis.
Emma also transforms into a proper woman through correcting her original neglect. Trollope states that “[i]n every passage of the book she is in fault for some folly, some vanity, some ignorance, or indeed for some meanness” (7)19. Because of her ignorance toward attitudes of her neighbors, Emma interferes through their lives in a way that makes them unhappy, for “she had often been negligent” (Austen 359)20. Mr. Knightley predicts the outcome of Emma’s plans in the beginning of the novel when he states that “[y]ou are more likely to have done harm to yourself, than good to them by interference” (Austen 8)21 and also that “[v]anity working on a weak head produces every sort of mischief” (Austen 53)22. Not only is Emma stubborn toward her actions, but she is also negligent to herself when she convinces herself “I cannot really change for the better” (Austen 73)23.
The portrayal of women greatly influenced the way John Steinbeck wrote this story. In The Chrysanthemums, John Steinbeck intends to suggest that all women are not equal to men in society. Elisa understands this when she is not able to take part in the same male oriented activities that her husband takes part in. Elisa is seen as a lesser of a person just because of her gender. That demoralism of women leads me to believe that Steinbeck thought all women were insignificant.
The modern readers of today’s society are resentful to this dramatic society. These two novels are full of tradition, rebellion and the oppression over women’s rights. Both of these novels share the misery of the culture, but there is some distinction between the two. "A Rose for Emily" is a social commentary while "The Yellow Wallpaper" is an informative novel about the writer herself. 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.