(Simons) Edna Pontellier could not have what she wanted. There are many arguments about Edna being selfish for ending her life and leaving her children behind. "Edna does indeed dread 'being reduced to her biological function, 'but this is what the Creole culture does to women , as Priscilla Leder suggests" (Simons). She could not offer the love that children deserve from a parent. I do not feel that she was selfish, she did not love her children the way a mother-woman would.
When Edna declares that she wants to move out, Léonce responds angrily, arguing that it is the “utmost folly for a woman at the head of a household, and the mother of children” to spend time on herself which “could be better employed contriving for the comfort of her family” (Chopin 76). Léonce is incredulous that Edna could even consider thinking of herself before her family, since it is such a dramatic shift from the protocol of the time. It is nearly inconceivable for society to be structured any other way. It is not only assumed, but expected, that women will be the care... ... middle of paper ... ... running off, yet after her newly found awakening, she is unable to revert back to being a subservient mother at the cost of her independence. Edna's decision to commit suicide preserves not only her children, but also her reputation and her independence in a society devoid of options for women desiring both.
Society has engrained in Charlotte Lucas’ head that a woman who does not successfully marry will not successfully live. Thanks to society, Charlotte no longer values love, only marriage. “Without thinking highly either of men of matrimony,” marriage has always been Charlotte 's object” (Sleeping with Mr. Collins 120). Charlotte Lucas, unlike Elizabeth Bennet, was self-seeking and largely influenced by societal protocol that she became willing to sacrifice her own happiness. “She would have sacrificed every better feeling to worldly advantage” (Austen 85).
The sleeping and the dead/ Are but as pictures. ‘Tis the eye of childhood/ That fears a painted devil” (II.ii.53-55). In this scene, she is taking charge of the situation by ignoring her husband’s inability to fully comprehend what he has just don... ... middle of paper ... ...rs life without power worse than death and would even prefer the latter. It was an atypical character trait at the time for a woman to desire power as greedily as Lady Macbeth does. The story of Lady Macbeth throughout Macbeth is one unlike those of its time in its unusually forward-thinking portrayal of a woman with thoughts and actions which would have been considered indecent.
Because of people’s decision and different point of view, the people most responsible for the deaths of Romeo and Juliet are Lady Capulet, Nurse, and Friar Lawrence. First of all, in my opinion the Lady Capulet wasn’t a successful mom at all. A major thing about her was that she had a different view of love. She believed that the tradition of arranged marriage was correct, as in that marriage should be arrange by parents. After Romeo climbed out of the window, Lady Capulet came in and responds, "Talk not to me, for I'll not say a word / Do as thou wilt, for I have done with thee" (3.5.15).
Hamlet's ruse of madness and eventual obsession with revenge possibly furthered her confusion. How could one be able to conceive the reasoning behind courting a woman for several months, and then suddenly rejecting said woman in a near violent manner? Ophelia tried to understand, but there was so much against her socially and medically that it was damn near impossible to not go mad. During Shakespeare's time, society had rather dim views on women. They were expected to obey any order given to them by a man, practically worshiping the ground he walked on.
She pretends to care about Juliet’s feelings and desires, but it is soon revealed that Lady Capulet would rather have her daughter killed than be disobeyed. When given the choice between death or a terrible life, many would choose the easy way out, and this is exactly what the vulnerable Juliet is forced to do. To make matters worse, Juliet will not open up and tell her parents about her true love since the families are enemies. When she finds out that her true love is a Montague, she cries, “My only love sprung from my only hate.” (1.5.138). This quote shows that even Juliet knows that she cannot be with Romeo because of the feud and because she knows her parents will not allow it.
Because she has a kingdom, she has suitors crowding around her day and night. Being a woman, Penelope has no control over what the suitors do and cannot get rid of them. The suitors want her wealth and her kingdom. They do not respect her enough to stop feeding on Odysseus' wealth; they feel she owes them something because she won't marry one of them. One of the suitors, Antinoos, tells Telemakhos "...but you should know the suitors are not to blame- it is your own incomparably cunning mother.
Rosaura also seems to be selfish and pea-brained. Even though she knows that Pedro and Tita have an affair, she agrees to marry Pedro. She should have thought about the consequences of such a marriage and then make a wise decision. She tries to steal her younger sister’s love but she is unsuccessful as even after marriage, Pedro doesn’t stop loving Tita. This clearly shows us that Rosaura was egocentric and perhaps, because she had no one to turn to.
A woman was owned by her father and then passed on to her husband. Olivia, a single, rebellious woman in 'The Twelfth Night' lost all her rights once she married. At the start of the Duke Orisino and Sir Andrew actually feel thr... ... middle of paper ... ...e revolting against the inequality between men and women. Even Queen Elizabeth was reluctant to marry as she would have to obey her husband. Also, marrying was not always a girls dream during the Elizabethan Era.