As a result of this discovery, Anna must leave her family in St. Petersburg, and go to Moscow in attempt to mend her brother’s broken marriage. While in Moscow Anna meets Count Vronsky, an eligible young bachelor that Anna’s sister in- law Kitty is taken with. Unable to supress her love, Anna has an affair with Vronsky. Furthermore, a love triangle develops adding Levin, a childhood friend of Kitty into the toxic combination rendering him hopelessly in love with Kitty. Although all the characters commit wrongful acts, only a few are penalized and the judgement they receive from society is unjust.
Tolstoy dismisses Anna in these final words, as though her entire life and good qualities counted for nothing. She committed adultery, and was therefore condemned to die miserably, whereas her brother, also an adulterer, reconciled with his wife and continued his happy existence. Despite Tolstoy's seeming sympathy with Anna's social situation, when all is said and done, he feels the same way as the rest of society. Men may commit adultery with little or no consequence, but for a woman such an action could well prove to be her demise.
It could be argued that the Duchess asking Antonio to marry her was an irresponsible action, she knew the society they lived in would not allow someone of her status to marry a man beneath her like Antonio, therefore some critics would argue she brought on her death herself by being irresponsible and also too passionate. At the beginning of the play, Antonio is describing how a good court should be run and sets up a contrast early on between the corrupt Italian court the play is based in and the model French court, "Quits first his royal palace of flatt'ring sycophants." Antonio explains how an honest court makes a successful court, and shows the Duchess as irresponsible as it is her who starts the deceit and lies which lead to the court becoming a shambles. Critics describing her as 'bold' seem to be using ... ... middle of paper ... ...s of the society. I believe the Duchess illuminates that there is goodness in the society and this was Webster's point in creating her.
Because of his lack of wealth or a title Vera’s “mother was completely opposed to the idea of giving Vera in marriage to [Vadim]” (Rostopchina 64). Like Dimitri, Vadim is not a desirable candidate for marriage because of his lower status. This obsession with marrying for money, like we briefly saw in A Double Life, is very important to high society Russian citizens. When Vadim returns after a year to marry Vera, he discovers she was persuaded by her family into marrying an old wealthy general. Instead of waiting for her love, Vera secured her future through a strategic marriage and both she and Vadim will pay the
The affair takes place at Calixta's home when Alcée asks to stay with her until the storm is over, while her son and husband are awa... ... middle of paper ... ...should be honored and it's horrible to see marriage as somewhat of a joke and a waste of time. In conclusion, the women in both stories experienced two very different situations but overall deal with the same things. Selfishness plays a role in their thoughts and actions and unfaithfulness plays a role in the overall happiness in their marriages. With both selfishness and unfaithfulness controlling their thoughts and emotions they become confused and lose all control of the situation. Basically it is shocking to see how lightly affairs are taken into consideration and how the loss of a loved one doesn't affect people, as it should.
Madness is subjective, especially so in a time period where women’s emotions and thoughts were brushed off as unimportant. In The Awakening, Kate Chopin explores the inner life of a woman, lost in the patriarchal world and without anyone who truly understands her. Edna Pontellier’s supposed madness plays a large part in her characterization as a woman who has lost her way. However, Edna’s madness is not truly madness; it stems from a neglectful husband, crushing responsibility to society, and a sense of the complete isolation. Edna marries her husband, not out of love, but out of expectation of society and her family’s dislike of him.
As a young lady, marriage was not only for love, but also for fortune, convenience, stature and respect. Elizabeth Bennet is the heroine of Pride and Prejudice, who finds her self in the marrying market, having to consider the conditions of marriage. As with her other heroines, like Fanny Price, Austen uses Lizzie to demonstrate her own opinions. Throughout the novel Austen's other characters also illustrate her own views about marriage and the views commonly held by people of her era. Austen introduces us to Mr and Mrs Bennet in order to communicate key ingredients she believes necessary for marriage.
She embodies all virtues sought after in a woman of this era. The poem opens with a storm that rages outside reflecting against a cultural storm in the relationships of women and men. A woman of the Victorian Era was expected to show pity and quiet reserve, to love honor and obey her husband while upholding the highest etiquette standards. Yet, a man was defined by the power he exudes and a woman was the ornamente of status for him. In this instance, “Porphyria worshiped me: surpris... ... middle of paper ... ...tions and sexual pity, yet, these extremes of this era gave birth to suffrage movement and women demanding freedoms.
'You too, O wretched bridegroom, making your match with kings, You do not see that you bring Destruction on your children...';(Medea 964-966) Euripides role of female characters to sympathize with Medeas heartache in the beginning, and magnify the unscrupulous murder of her children in the end is brilliant. The reason for the female support is evident. If the Nurse or Chorus had been a male servant or a mixed crowd in society the plot of the play would have been lost. Medea is a woman suffering from a broken heart, and it seems only fair that she be given sympathy and judgment from peers who can relate. Hell hath no fury like that of a woman scorned!
In the novel Persuasion by Jane Austen, The character Lady Russell stands out as a character. She makes her appearance in the beginning of the novel by making an impression as rank obsessed .Her attachment with the family brings up the question whether she is with them because of their rank or because she genuinely enjoys their company and her favoring Anne. Her first statement of her judgment being blind by knowing someone’s rank makes her an unreliable character to know her intentions. In the second chapter, they discuss on cutting back on expenses and that it will not change the view of society on them for doing it. It seems that what society views the family, as is a big deal.