She tries to separate herself from other women of her time by taking control of her life by means of sex, but if she were truly progressive, she would have found a way to elevate herself without using her body. Alisoun is exactly what men fear and dislike about women; she is promiscuously sneaky, and she takes advantage of men. This is why while trying to present herself as strong and independent, her actions ultimately confirm misogynistic stereotypes of women; in the end, she is even more digressive to the cause feminism than a normal woman would be.
Because of the roles that society has given them, women are not able to seek and fulfill their own psychological and sexual drives. In The Awakening, Chopin uses Edna Pontellier to show that women do not want to be restricted by the roles that society has placed on them. Because of the time she lived in, Edna felt oppressed just because she was a woman. Being a married woman and a mother made her feel even more tied down. By looking at the relationship between Edna and her husband, Leonce, we see that men treated women as if they were nothing more than possessions or property.
The writer brought out the truth of what married women were expected to abide by in the late eighteen hundreds. Despite their true feelings or circumstances, divorce was extremely rare, so in those days there was nothing they could do but to stay married. “The story of an Hour” can be read as the story of Chopin’s mother, Eliza O’Flaherty’s marriage, the submission of a young woman to someone else’s will. It can also be read as criticism of marriage itself, as an institution that traps women (Toth 10). In general, marriage is what stifled Mrs. Mallard by taking away her independence as a human being, and in the end marriage bonds killed her.
“She would have sacrificed every better feeling to worldly advantage” (Austen 85). She knows that if she does not accept the marriage offer from Mr. Collins, she may never receive another offer and therefore will be a failure in society. Charlotte saw this marriage as her only escape from exclusion from her community. “For Charlotte, this marriage represents an estimable improvement over lifelong spinsterhood” (The feminist critique and Five Styles of Women’s roles in Pride and Prejudice 42). In attempts to avoid the single lifestyle, Charlotte sacrifices a happy marriage and therefore a happy life.
Why do women choose to live in abusive and miserable relationships? Instead of taking actions and strive for happy life, women choose to stay silent. They have all the power to go against self-empowered men, but most of women renounce action. There are certain obstacle created by society and especially men that make it harder for women to stand up for themselves. The following articles explore and elucidate the idea of women’s silence and timidness to act.
Chopin uses “The Story of an Hour” to demonstrate her belief not only in the shackles of marriage in that time, but also the cruelty of warping someone to suit your needs. When Mrs. Mallard’s husband dies she is overcome with joy rather than grief and is instilled with a sense of freedom. However, when all that seemed too good to be true is taken from her she cannot handle it and dies under the weight of this discouragement. Chopin’s theme of liberation achieved through her clever use of language drives home her idea that people should be more independent and less constrained by
Nora is represented as a confined women who is lost in search of personal satisfaction, her actions sends her into an even deeper conflict, not just with her personality, but also with the people around her especially her husband. Although her intentions according to the play were no to harm anyone, but they were taken totally out of proportion and the stigma of society labeled her as a negative
This subverted expectations of females as they were supposed to be loyal to their male partners and shouldn’t want to take their power. In this essay I will talk about their desire for power and revenge, and why this has lead them to be portrayed in such a disturbed manner and how this goes against people’s expectations. Firstly, the four women subvert expectations of femininity by not submitting to male authority. In the play, Lady Macbeth questions things instead of accepting it. “Yet do I fear thy nature; it is too full o’ the milk of human kindness,” this is Lady Macbeth accusing her own husband of being too kind instead of being the fearless warrior he is supposed to be.
The struggle for power between men and women in this story is mainly witnessed through interactions in which the female is not living up to what the men want. This makes women, like Hazel, easily replaceable in the lives of men. Women only control the power when they are agreeable therefore Parker creates women who are tapped with no plausible way to obtain power, other than being agreeable and well liked. The reader sees how detached Hazel appears to be from other women in this story. She can’t understand why they are allowed to be sad but when she appears sad she’s told to smile and how nobody wants to hear about other’s troubles.
They can become more useful and valuable members of society. This would prevent women being characterized as an object, and be only valuable because of the looks and the qualities men search in a women. Women have been “insulated” from the truth and have been taught to believe that they are inferior, which may make it harder for them to hear and accept her ideas. Women need freedom in order to be virtuous. If women are not allowed to freely develop their abilities, they will remain weak and continue to be seen as nature’s mistakes.