Rebellious women in The Awakening and in Ruth Hall Kate Chopin’s The awakening and Fanny Fern’s Ruth Hall A Domestic Tale of The Present Time are both written about women’s suffering in a male dominated society. Both authors engrave women who perform the uncommon role in the society. The protagonist of The Awakening, Edna, is a woman who is trying to discover her identity. She shakes the whole system of women’s roles in the nineteen century, and distresses those who expect women to play certain roles. She surprises the patriarchal society by ignoring her role to play as a wife and mother.
The feminist writers of the 1960s and 1970s were making sure that the woman was suffering emotional and psychological stress on having assumed roles traditionally feminus, and were setting the women up to have their own professions and change there positions and rolls of the woman in society. Women, especially those who had a formal education, were not happy with there housewive roles. These women, who were possessing aptitudes to carry out professions out of the house, were meeting doing vulgar tasks that were very far from satisfying the husbands desires. Between the resultant problems it enumerates: emotional crisises, alcoholism, marriages adolescents and illegitimate pregnancies. The feminine mystique turned into the springboard for the movement of liberation of the woman and that it bloomed at the beginning of the 70s.
Feminism in the novel The Handmaid’s Tale written by Margaret Atwood is a prominent theme. This novel represents the morals and horrors of a vision of feminism, which is sometimes taken to the extremes. Women’s rights have been downgraded and as a result of this women are used to bear children and are constantly watched by the eye. The Handmaids are considered powerful figures in the novels’ society while living in a dystopia of cultural feminism, which cause them to be degraded women with a loss of identity. The powerful figures in The Handmaids Tale would be considered the Commander’s wives or the Aunts.
She cannot see herself as another submissive woman in her Creole society; rather, she would like to choose her own path. Kate Chopin, in The Awakening, illustrates that women are unable to live their lives as they see fit through Edna’s struggle to cope with those choices that her oppressive society has presented to her. Despite the rigid traditions of her society, Edna Pontellier attempts break free from her role as a wife and mother in search for autonomy, but, as a result, she is rejected by society and left unsatisfied. While she would like to be more independent, Creole society dictates that women should be mothers who devote their lives completely to family and duty. First, Chopin shows that there is an “absolutely inescapable link—basic, natural, and powerful—between the female identity and motherhood” to illustrate how women are bound to society’s belief that women must be mothers; Chopin does so by explaining that Madame Ratignolle, a friend of Mrs. Pontellier who she met during the summer, is always pregnant and therefore always connected to her children (Skaggs 90).
Choosing between Family and Individuality in Kate Chopin's The Awakening Kate Chopin's The Awakening focuses on a woman's struggle to become an individual while still being a mother and wife. In the process of this journey, the female heroine discovers that establishing her own identity means losing a mother's identity. Edna looks to be the "brave soul," a "soul that dares and defies" (Chopin 61). Edna's society looked down upon females who seek anything other than attending to their children and husband's needs. Therefore, she is seen as an outcast and must turn inward as well as outward towards nature for satisfaction and approval.
Shashi Deshpande has emerged on the Indian fictional scene in 1970 s. She has carved a niche for herself in the galaxy of Indian women novelists in English . The present paper entitled “ Reduction of Gender Role ....” tries to explore the issues like gender discrimination and social conditioning of girl child .Woman has to conform to the norms in a patriarchal set up of family. But when she refuses to be , confronts uneasiness in the relationships . Saru and Jaya, reflect an emotional fracture of women on account of gender discrimination and male dominant social set up exist in the family. Women lose their rights, identity and sustainability which culminates in the symbolic reduction of their gendered balance.
This narrative choice accentuates the difference between the two women. Both women dislike the situation in Gilead. However, while Offred resigns herself to her lot, Moira rebels against the regime. Moiraís character unfolds with her escape from the rehabilitation centerña risk none of the other handmaids, including Offred, would ever dare to take. In fact, Offred is frightened with the idea of escaping, not because of the consequences, but more because she is ìlosing the taste of freedomî and findi... ... middle of paper ... ... voice their wants and needs.
But they need not have thought that they could possess her, body and soul" (Chopin 114). No matter what she is capable of, Edna believes society just could not accept her new, 'awakened' state. Society was the strongest force that attempted to mold Edna Pontellier into the woman that was “acceptable” in the society, but through her suicide, Edna is finally able escape this controlling life. Leonce and society owned her soul, telling her to be subservient, to tend house, adore her children and keep up appearances, but it was her children, Raoul and Etienne who imprisoned her body, reminding her constantly of the torture of motherhood. It was her desire for individuality and freedom that led her to her death
The social roles and expectations that dominate a woman’s life are so demanding that Rich must learn to turn her “body without force.” She is pushed to internalize standards set by this force, but still finds the traces of herself that remained true. There has been damage caused by oppressive demands, but Rich finds harmony between her masculine and feminine qualities. She combats the standards that have left her as a “wreck,” and refers to herself and all women who have been damaged by such standards as “half-destroyed instruments. Used up by society’s expectations, Rich rejects the standards she was forced to dive into. Rich demonstrates a protest against the dominating patriarchal system which excludes women from the book of myth.
“How much of my working energy is drained by the subliminal knowledge that as a woman, I test my physical right to exist each time I go out alone?” What Rich is expressing is that women always have the unnecessary burden, of not only being considered the weaker sex in society but also physically being reminded that as women doing something as mundane as walking to your car you have to be conscious of the possibility of being raped. This is affecting women outside of the classroom setting, if women were represented more in mainstream curriculum there would not be such a conception about gender