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. In A Doll’s House, Ibsen portrays his lead character, Nora, who is a housewife in the Helmer’s family. She has undergone a transformation throughout the play that she reacts differently to her husband. Her husband, Torvald, is an example of men who are only interested in their appearance and the amount of control they have over a person. In particular, he has a very clear and narrow definition of a woman's role.
After reading the novel, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, I think the whole book shows a feminist dystopia, which is different from the radical feminists. Since the balance of power between men and women is the biggest theme in this novel, Atwood powerfully criticizes the patriarchal society through depicting the suffering of Handmaids. In this society, women in the lower class are deprived of their social status, totally becoming the baby-making tools for the upper class male. Also, they are deprived of all their possessions and their human rights, even their emotions as human beings. In Atwood’s novel, the author shows us a great concern of the social prejudice against women.
If she makes one mistake she ... ... middle of paper ... ...s so sad that women would cut themselves with razors and bleed to death in bathrooms. Offred said that soon she will get used to the daily life style even if it is different from her old one. The new independent government that Gilead enforced on the people changed their reality. Gilead differs from the other unknown places in the book such as where the Japanese ladies are from being able to wear modern 21 century clothing of their liking. Gilead’s principles have trapped the people into a mental form of slavery, always listening to orders and obeying laws that are extreme.
She has writes and privileges about all other women. Aunt’s are responsible for getting the handmaids ready for their society. They pound the ideas of the new culture into the handmaid’s head so that when they enter it seems normal. Handmaids are the next class, they are the only women who can reproduce they are forced to have children for upper class couples women are often compromised by a forced sexual nature, thereby allowing them to be blamed for problems of conception. Handmaids show which Commander owns them by adopting their Commanders’ names, such as Fred, and preceding them with “Of.” I.e.
Old and battered it may be, it represents her pride and the struggles she faced as a lower class woman and shows how difficult it can be to gain a better lifestyle in a society ruled by the upper class. Although we don’t explicitly see how inferior classes are treated, Mrs. Dalloway’s brief interaction with Ms. Kilman illuminates this discourse. As the novel approaches their confrontation we learn they have an extreme dislike for each other, where to Mrs. Dalloway, Ms. Kilman represents everything she despises and even comments on the way she dresses for women, where Ms. Kilman views Mrs. Dalloway as “the most worthless of classes- the rich with a smattering of culture”( Dalloway
A classic Margaret Atwood book, The Handmaid’s Tale takes place in a society which faces gender discrimination, and categorizes individuals into specific roles. Offred, a disciplined handmaid attempts to maneuver across a society full of light and dark, known as Gilead. The people of Gileadian society have discovered ways to receive higher perks, and the keys to escaping this society. Nevertheless, Offred has changed her ways to blend amongst this darkened society. Offred socially interacts
The Handmaid’s Tale is a story of a dystopian society driven by numerous abuses on women. The concept of intellectual abuse of power is very broad in manner of punishing women in the state of Gilead. The main character, Offred, demonstrates how the ideology of the upper class government in Gilead is used to suppress and abuse the lower class woman, by the Commanders and the Aunts; who fall under a high-up in Gilead’s hierarchy. She is forced to enter the cruel place like Gilead, where woman are treated worst than animals. The upper class people of Gilead use words as a way to manipulate and take away the freedom of the women, which results in intellectual abuse.
A Handmaid’s Tale displays a society in which gender roles and functions in society are strictly controlled and determined by those in power. The story and the epilogue remind us of the fragile nature of our rights and freedoms and how easily they can be stripped away and how much we rely on the people in power. Female sexuality, reproduction, and masculinity are present throughout the book and present an interesting parallel to our current society and the role of gender and the law. The Gilead regime overthrew the U.S. government- the President and Congress were killed and the Constitution was suspended- the government blamed the Islamic fanatics (Atwood, 174). This concept alone is like our modern-day feelings towards attacks and blaming
Women were seen as highly susceptible to becoming mentally ill because of this belief. Women were subject to only be “housewives.” The novel, Alias Grace, accurately shows the construction of this gender identity through society, sexuality, and emotion while challenging it through Grace’s mother and Mrs. Humphrey. Society shows the stereotypical way of thinking in the Victorian era: women are subordinate to men. This can be seen through Mary Whitney. Mary Whitney tells Grace what her goals should be and how she should act: “It was a custom for young girls in this country to hire themselves out, in order to earn money for their dowries, and then they would marry, and if their husbands proposed they would soon be hiring their own servants in their turn and then they, ―would be mistress of a tidy farmhouse, and independent” (Atwood 182).
Women have been taught that they are inferior to men and because of this, many have developed low self-esteem and mental illnesses. Depriving one of many basic rights while also telling them that they are the lesser gender can severely damage one psychologically. Charlotte Perkins Gilman challenged the mental abuse towards women in her short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper.” Perkins Gilman highlighted how men and even other women made women out to be lesser creatures than men. The main character, Jane, is pent up in a room by the hands of her husband and brother to “cure” her. She is looked after by her sister-in-law, Jeannie, and after being confined and not allowed to do anything productive, her sanity breaks.