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. For example, one Tuesday, Edna refuses to participate in the social tradition of staying home to “greet” people and accept cards from friends and acquaintanc... ... middle of paper ... ...grets. According to Anne Firor Scott, “many women assumed that if they were unhappy or discontented in the ‘sphere to which God had appointed them’ it must be their own fault and that by renewed effort they could do better” (11-12). Works Cited Chopin, Kate. The Awakening.
One theme of the book is weakness of character; this is shown by Ethan’s marraige, his inability to stand up to his wife, and his involvement concerning the "accident." The first way weakness of charcter is shown in the book is through the marriage of Ethan and his wife. He married her because she had tried to help his mother recover from an illness, and once his mother died he could not bear the thought of living in the house alone. His wife was seven years his senior and always seemed to have some kind of illness. It seemed all she ever did was complain, and he resented this because it stifled his growing soul.
Esperanza also sees the economic dependence that marriage creates for many women. While one woman cries everyday because her husband left "without leaving a dollar for bologna or a note explaining how come" another is miserable because the husband gets kicked out and is always let back in, regardless of the abuse she suffers at his hands (Cisneros 29, 85). Both domestic and physical abuse is also rampant in the lives ar... ... middle of paper ... ...duate with a higher education and found something that she could focus on rather than gaining a husband. Esperanza decided early on that she would not take on the burden of her mother and the women before her, merely caring for a husband and raising children. She wanted a house all her own and realized that she could get it autonomously if she strove hard in school and continued to write.
As a result, she puts more effort into beautifying herself than the house or garden. Therefore, one can see that although Elisa is i... ... middle of paper ... ...ouse wives, and mothers who are fragile and insignificant. Instead, she is to remain in a “closed pot” (228), just as she is expected to do. As a result, she cries at the truth that she will always be reminded, that she is a “weak” and “useless” woman, which only increases her frustrations and dissatisfactions about her marriage (238). In conclusion, Steinbeck’s “The Chrysanthemums” illustrates the life of Elisa Allen, who struggles with womanhood, self-recognition, and impotence.
The class in society becomes evident quickly in “Miss Brill” in the first paragraph when Mansfield speaks of the weather and Miss Brill is “glad she had decided on her fur” (1). Phoenix Jackson is an uneducated, poor, black woman with the strength that the nurse and reception at the doctor’s office should strive to exhibit “I’m an old woman without an education” (Welty, 141). The biggest difference between the two women though is not their class in society or the color of the skin; it is the difference between their strengths. Miss Brill is weak and uses her judgmental behavior as a defense mechanism. Mansfield finally lets the reader realize the weakness when a young couple sits down in the park and starts to judge Miss Brill, giving her a taste of her own medicine, “why doesn’t she keep her silly old mug at home” (5)?
She suffered from a severe postpartum depression case, yet her marriage depressed her too. The narrator was in a marriage whereby her husband dominated and treated her like a child. Her husband was the sole decision maker and since she lived in a society whereby women were never allowed to question their husband’s decisio... ... middle of paper ... ...he stopped being the protector and the only rational thinker in the family. In this short story, the men had power over women and they undermined them. The narrator insisted to her husband that she was sick, but he never took her serious instead, he confined her in an isolated place away from home and her child.
As time went by, she married a man who did not fulfill the expectations of sophistication and monetary abundance that she had visualized; hence, shattering the lifestyle she imagined for herself and her children. Amanda’s demanding and idealistic views, along with the stories of past suitors were too much for her husband to bear so he ultimately abandoned her and their children for another woman he had had a long distance affair. Poverty stricken, Amanda and her family relied heavily on the meek income that her son Tom bought in from his job at a shoe warehouse and what little money she would occasionally make selling magazine subscription, whereas Laura was unable to contribute to... ... middle of paper ... ...da loved her children and had the best intentions for their future, her idealistic views of the past interfered with the realities of the world that they lived in. The worries and expectations she placed upon them were so damaging that it held her son’s confidence in himself back and diminish any dreams of a normal life for the daughter. Amanda’s illusion affected the family and herself the most because she did not want to appreciate the bright, beautiful, and kind children she had around her because she was too blinded by paranoia and the belief that nothing and nobody was ever good enough.
However, she is unable to let that lifestyle go and their family is left with a constant shortage of money. Only after Paul wins money for her is she able to have “the luxury [she] had been used to” (Lawrence, 757). His mother is said to have married for love, but in the time since then it has “turned to dust”. She also has three children, but she does not love them either. She knows that her heart has a “hard little place that could not feel love...” (Lawrence, 750).
Jane's aunt, Mrs. Reed, does not like Jane and has a very hard time doing this. She feels Jane was forced upon her family after the death of her parents. Against her husband's request, Mrs. Reed does not treat Jane like a human being and is constantly criticizing and punishing her. In one example Jane was keeping to herself, reading a book when her cousin John Reed decided to annoy her. "You have no business to take our books; you are a dependant, mama says; you have no money; your father left you none; you ought ...
“... And if they were to lose all their money tomorrow, they would not even be able to make a living by honest whoring ..." (Atwood 182). Within the passage, Mary Whitney, Grace 's late friend, refers to the "domesticated" upper-class women 's inability to provide for themselves and only able to provide comfort for the husband and the family. Consequently, as those women have been sheltered for most, if not their entire lives they become incapable of even prostitution, which is apparent in the case of Ms. Humphrey. Arguably, the case of Ms. Humphrey is that she was exploited by her husband, then abandoned when her husband did not want her anymore. Ultimately, society 's idealized role for women within a family, created a lasting effect that forced women to be completely dependent on their husbands in order to