During and before the 1800s women had little to no rights. They were not allowed to vote, most did not have much of an education, they were suppose to stay home and take care of the children and home. Also, they could not own property under their name, their fathers owned it until they got married and then their new husband obtained the property once they were married (Gender Issues and Sexuality). By the end of the 1800s the women were tired of not getting the same rights as men and decided to fight for equality (Women Rights). Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s story The Yellow Wallpaper demonstrates how women in the late 1800s felt trapped to their husbands, how men typically thought less of women, and how men made the house hold decisions.
For women, marriage and children was the only way to have a happy or meaningful life. It was unthinkable that a woman would not marry. Single women were sometimes viewed ... ... middle of paper ... ...show us that the choices for women in marriage were both limited and limiting in their scope and consequences. As can be seen, it came down to a choice between honoring the private will of the self, versus, honoring the traditions and requirements of society as a whole. Women were subject to the conditions set down by the man of the house and because of the social inequality of women as a gender class; few fought the rope that tied them down to house, hearth, and husband, despite these dysfunctions.
There has always seemed to be one set of standards that apply to men, and another set of standards that apply to women. This is evident in the home, workplace, and all throughout society. Before women got throe civil rights they couldn't own proper, and their husband's they had no rights to shared property or even their own children.They had no right to vote or education beyond what, their after thought they needed to know to be wives and mothers which wasn't much. The women didn't have the right to choose who they marry. The man controls everything in women's life.
After she has an affair with a tenant her mother forces Polly to marry him. Gender related family traditions are hard to get out of because they are hard standing; societal traditions bear the judgment of everyone. The De La Garza family tradition states that the youngest daughter in a family must take care of the mother instead of marrying. She isn't allowed to have her own life. Tita disagrees with the rigid tradition because it confines her to a life without love.
“... 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
Because a woman was strictly limited to making the decisions to sculpt her life nicely, she was to follow the three simple tasks of life: get married, have children, and work for your family. If a woman was to avoid marriage and remain single for entirety of her life, she would be seen as disgraceful to both her family and the community. Having children ensured family names and customs would be passed along for the future, and it seems that women were often married to a man for his money. Marrying a man for his money can simply be viewed as him owning a business that provides his family with a lot of money, and for that business to continue to thrive, someone needs to own and operate it. Following these strict steps of life would make a woman a fine wife, and was often the typical lifestyle of a woman in Medieval Europe.
Women were pressured by law that once you get married you basically become your husbands property, as where all their things now belonged to their husband and if anything happened to him you’d be left with nothing. Just that alone is very disheartening which can already bring down your self esteem. Now add the fact that women couldn’t get jobs for they were either full or they didn’t want a woman doing anything a man can do for men are superior than women according to law. So the goal of the family was to have each of the daughters married off to a goo... ... middle of paper ... ... something, change it. Eventually it will happen, you just can’t give up after the first no.
Marriage, in that time, is not about love but social standards. Lack of choice is one of the factors why woman married in Jane Austen’s time. Women didn’t have education. They learnt only basic responsibilities. Young girls were taught that they had to get married and have children when they get older.
Mrs Bennet after she heard that a new man had moved into the local area. It seems that she already wants one of her daughters to marry Mr Bingley. It was very important for women to marry as women did not have an income as they did not have jobs, so they had to marry a man with money. "Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance" Charlotte says this when talking about Jane getting married, it relates to Ja... ... middle of paper ... ...ggests that he is just shy. Lots of girls were sent away to boarding schools when they were young, but only if the family could afford it, Jane Austen was sent away when she was a young girl.
Their mothers raised them to be proper, young ladies and expert housekeepers in expectation of marriage. If these women were fortunate enough to receive some kind of formalized schooling, they were to study penmanship, limited aspects of their mother language, and very little arithmetic (Philadelphia School of Design for Women 5). Unfortunately, this small degree of education was extremely constrictive to women. If they never married or were widowed at a young age, they really had no place to go. This form of women’s education created generations of women that were almost entirely dependent on their husbands and male relatives.