Womens Roles in Society

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Women’s roles have changed so much within the last couple of centuries. In the older years, women were the sole responsibility of taking care of the children, doing housework, and pretty much taking care of their husbands. “The Story of an Hour,” by Kate Chopin,” A Doll’s House, Henrik Ibsen, and “The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Gilman are all literature pieces talking about the roles women have in society. In “The story of an Hour, the main character is not happy in her marriage, and she finds out that her husband got killed, and she felt very free. In A Doll’s House, the main character is not happy with her marriage, because she feels that she is being treated like a childish, playful doll, and does not get any respect from her husband. In “The Yellow Wallpaper”, the main character is not happy with her marriage, because she feels that her husband has complete control over her, and she is going insane, because she feels trapped. All three of these literature pieces are related, and shows that the male is the most dominant one in their marriage. “The Story of an Hour” is a short story that mainly talks about the main character not liking her role in society and how she was very unhappy with her marriage. It shows that often women are not always happy in their marriage or the roles they play in the marriage. She finds out that her husband had died in a railroad accident, and at first feels sadness, but then feels that she is free. The characters in the story were Mrs. Mallard; who was the main character, Brently Mallard; who is the husband of Mrs. Mallard, Richards; who is Brently Mallard’s friends, and Mrs. Mallard’s sister, Josephine. The setting of the story takes place in Mrs. Mallard’s home, where her sister Josephine ... ... middle of paper ... ... this is not always a good thing. A marriage that has equal roles, and makes equal decisions, always seems to come out better in the end. All of these plays had so many different things in common when it comes to women’s roles in society. So many men seem to think they have the dominant role in a marriage, and can take over. A lot of things have changed since then, and it is not always the man who makes the decisions, but the woman makes some major decisions as well. Works Cited Cummings, M. J. (2003). A Doll's House. Retrieved January 1, from: http://www.cummingsstudyguides.net/DollHouse.html Cummings, M. J. (2003). The Story of an Hour. Retrieved January 1, from: http://www.cummingsstudyguides.net/Guides3/Chopin.html#Theme DiYanni, R. (2007). Literature: Reading fiction, poetry and drama. (6th Ed). New York: McGraw-Hill.
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