Woman who did not marry could really only look forward to living with her relatives as a dependent so that marriage is pretty much the only way of ever getting out from under the parental control. “Women married because they had a lack of options; they were not formerly educated, and were only instructed in domestic duties. They needed someone to support them, and were encouraged to marry and have children” (Ziegenfuss). If a woman were to remain single she would be contempt and pitied by the community she lives in. The rules for women were so strict it’s like she had to be a slave to her husband.
She doesn’t want to shame her father, however, she wants to ultimately be with the man she loves. In the novel, Kristen is almost raped by a man; nevertheless, she is afraid to tell her family because she fears she will be seen as a slut. Women did not have the right to choose the life they wanted for themselves their life was already planned for them as young girls. True love did not exist in the 14th century; fathers usually arranged the marriage of their daughter in order to maintain a good position in society. If wo... ... middle of paper ... ...ced with deciding between being unhappy or shaming their family and community if they chose to marry someone else.
Another reason the older sister is jealous of Stella –Rondo is because she never appreciates what others do for her. Stella-Rondo has a tendency to mistreat the things that she gets from people and her parents. For instance, in the short story the narrator mentions “she always had anything in the world she wanted and then she’d throw it away” (437). When the older sees that Stella-Rondo throws away the good things that she receives from her parents she gets upset with her younger sister. The older sister thinks that is unfair that she can have anything she wants, but she chooses not to appreciate or take care of the good things her parents give.
The story ends with the girl socially positioned and accepted as a girl, which she accepts with some unease. The young girl in the story is struggling with finding her own gender identity. She would much rather work alongside her father, who was “tirelessly inventive” (Munro 328), than stay and work with her mother in the kitchen, depicted through, “As soon as I was done I ran out of the house, trying to get out of earshot before my mother thought of what to do next” (329). The girl is torn between what her duties are suppose to be as a woman, and what she would rather be doing, which is work with her father. She sees her father’s work as important and worthwhile, while she sees her mother’s work as tedious and not meaningful.
As Bennetts says, women become enraged from the lack of help “Sometimes it’s directed against their husbands for not sharing the domestic burdens in a remotely equitable manner”(43). She portrays two parents fighting about the imbalance that women receive and no change being made to ease the pressure of the responsibilities. In contrast, Edelman is mad that she is turning into the the dominant parent at their house. She is afraid that her husband is going to be only a “provider parent” and have no emotional connection to their child. She expresses these ideas through frustration “I don’t remember the conversation where I asked him to support me financially in exchange for me doing everything else.
She is constantly looking for a “better” life that will bring her self-fulfillment, but to her misfortune she never finds it. In the text Quicksand, Helga Crane shows great dissatisfaction with her life because of the racial barriers she has set for herself psychologically. She has formed these barriers in her life to keep distance from facing racial discrimination and conformity. Crane fights to keep differentiation between herself and the rest of society, and makes a life choice to not repeat the same mistakes as her given mother. While trying to find her own happiness, Helga Crane looks towards her materialistic views which prove to dissatisfy her in every situation.
Emily is taught that women stay in the house and iron; she is not encouraged enough by her mother early on. The mother regrets her failure to teach her daughter that she can make her own path through life, claiming her “wisdom came too late” and that she can only hope that Emily “ know[s]- that she is more than this dress on the ironing board, helpless before the iron” (Olsen 298). The narrator failed to guide her daughter through life and to help her avoid some of the mistakes she made. Emily will likely fall down the same path the narrator has taken, because of the perpetual nature of
Ultimately, she decides to break away from her husband and children to leave behind the society that has oppressed her. She feels compelled to learn more about herself and what she wants in life. In the play, A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen highlights the negative treatment that women received during the late 1800s and uses Nora to rebel against society’s expectations for the role of women. In the Helmer household, Torvald as the male, is superior, and is in charge of making money and running the household. While his role is considered “important” to the family, Torvald expects Norato take the submissive role and raise their three children, dance the tarantella, and do as he asks.
The abandonment of a mother leads to negative psychological effects. This is detrimental to a child’s development because they grow up with a void that cannot be replaced by just anyone and will never be able to experience the things that Sandra Maria Esteves talks about in her poem. In Sandra Maria Esteves poem “Give Thanks”, she says “Give thanks for the mamas who never let you go / even when you belonged to someone else / but adopted you as their own”. This is about mothers who let their children go, and giving thanks to the mothers who take them in as their own. However, the mother that does adopt them will never be able to replace the feeling of abandonment the child has.
The society during Austen's time, from 1775-1817, put a lot of pressure on women to find a decent husband and the ultimate goal was to marry (Weldon 37). Though she never married, Austen felt the stress bestowed upon her by her fellow companions. "Women were born poor, and stayed poor, and lived well only by their husbands' favour" (Weldon 37). Elizabeth is obviously mistaken about Charlotte and her need to marry, and does not know her or take the time to know her, as a best friend is obligated to do. Elizabeth is at fault for ... ... middle of paper ... ...33, pp.