Men have grown up in a society in which changing what they do not approve of, even women, is okay. Gilman’s main character is intimidated by a figure of her imagination. A figure of being the wife she is supposed to be, whom acts the way she is supposed to act because “[S]he is a perfect and enthusiastic housekeeper, and hopes for no better profession” (Gilman The Yellow Wallpaper 3). As John does not approve of the way his wife acts, he takes it upon himself to diagnose his wife, the main character. He tells her that she is not healthy and for her to be ready to be a mother and an acceptable wife, as well to get better, she needs to live in in their house coincidently three miles from the village.
In the eighteenth and nineteenth century, women weren’t given any voice. Their lives began with fathers making them feel powerless, and lead to their husbands treating them with the same principles. Gender roles were an important aspect and major issue of this time, women wanted a different life. “A Doll’s House” By Henrik Ibsen and “Trifles” By Susan Glaspell show great detail of how the female characters were treated powerless by the men in their life. Women in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries were powerless.
Men were the dominant, authoritative heads of the house whose work was outside the home. Women are expected to take of all the needs of men and the work in the home. The narrator in “Boys and Girls” tries not to become a stereotypical woman, but in the end gives into the unwritten rules of women during that time. The narrator and her brother effectively symbolize the roles of men and women in that society. The narrator is forced to do female oriented jobs, which she thoroughly hates, while her brother is allowed to do whatever he wants.
The movement for female right is one of the important social issue and it is ongoing reaction against the traditional male definition of woman. In most civilizations there was very unequal treatment between women and men with the expectation being that women should simply stay in the house and let the men support them. A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen, and Trifles, by Susan Glaspell, are two well-known plays that give rise to discussions over male-female relationships. In both stories, they illustrate the similar perspectives on how men repress women in their marriages; men consider that women should obey them and their respective on their wives is oppressed showing the problems in two marriages that described in two plays. Therefore, in this essay, I will compare two similar but contrast stories; A Doll's House and Trifles, focusing on how they describe the problems in marriage related to women as victims of suppressed right.
Trifles by Susan Glaspell tackles the problems of the patriarchal systems that women have lived in. The focus of Trifles is bringing the oppression of women to the public. However, I believe that understanding the different roles men played in Trifles and will give a new perspective of the trials women went through in this proto-feminist play. As such, this essay will explore the roles men played in the lives of women. Specifically, what aspects of the writing illustrate the implied authority of men and the active oppression over Mrs. Hale and Mrs. Peters.
But her new and unexpected line of conduct completely bewildered him. ... Then her absolute disregard for her duties as a wife angered him." Leonce says himself, "It seems to me the utmost folly for a woman at the head of a household, and the mother of children, to spend in an atelier [meaning a studio for painting] days which would be better employed contriving for the comfort of her family." This quote is rather symbolic as it uses the word "emplo... ... middle of paper ... ...men surrounding her succumb to in life. By defying these "laws" Edna makes clear the morals that all the other women value; the satisfaction of their husband, the acceptance of society, and the conformity to stereotypical roles of a woman.
This agenda deals with a woman’s struggle against the “male-centric thinking and societal norms” (Ames). In the story, there is a domineering husband who drives his wife mad in an attempt to help her, but the story illustrates how established protocols of behavior could have devastating effects on the women of Gilman’s time. John, the husband, is eerily inappropriate and restrictive but this was considered normal, while Jane is the mistreated woman. The primary focusing point of the short story is ‘the yellow wallpaper’ which conveys many detailed and vivid metaphors for the astute mistreatment and oppression of women. Steadily and methodically, Gilman is able to expose more insight into the meaning of the wallpaper.
This characterizes Blanche as someone who desires is to be admired, loved and respected. She is proud yet... ... middle of paper ... ...tury faced at the hands of men. Williams play magnifies how women are incapable of doing the necessary work to survive; the play also says that women are incompetent and dependent on man. Stella’s inability to leave her abusive, rapist husband shows her weakness as an individual in a moral way; it also identifies herself as the wife that stands by her husband and no one else. She stays with him because she feels that a family cannot be complete without the presence of a man.
uring Ibsen's time, there were several stereotypes in place which limited the role of women in that society. For example, it was believed that men should dominate women in several aspects, with a woman's only role being a wife and a mother. These conventions of misogyny are portrayed in A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen through the protagonist Nora Helmer in order to show the oppression of women during that time. Ibsen then critiques these stereotypes in order to prove that women deserve to be further empowered, and consequently, treated with respect as well. Firstly, Ibsen juxtaposes Nora with her husband in terms of the power they wield in their household.
The women in the poems are struggling to get their voice heard and get some power, it’s either because their husband is in the limelight or he is more known and famous compared to her. Usually when the men are more powerful and praised by society they become hugely egotistic. This results in the abuse of their “power” and they never consider what the women wants. An example of such character is Orpheus, he was selfish for not considering his wife’s feelings. Duffy states in the poem “Like it or not, I must follow him back to our life… to be trapped in his…” She clearly doesn’t want to go with him because she feels trapped but her husband never asked her if she wants to come.