4th writing assignment - Megan Lawless Com L 114 The Idea...

  • Notes
  • meglawless89
  • 5
  • 100% (1) 1 out of 1 people found this document helpful

Info icon This preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

Megan Lawless Com L 114 11/19/07 The Idea of Expectations in Lispector’s “The Imitation of the Rose” Clarice Lispector’s “The Imitation of the Rose” tells a story about a woman named Laura. She is married to a man named Armando, and the two live alone without children. The story begins shortly after Laura’s “return home” after a much alluded to but non-specified health problem. She struggles to stay well and do exactly what her doctor told her to do. Feminists such as Olympe De Gouges, who strove for women’s rights around the time of the French Revolution, suggest that men constantly limit the rights of women and are therefore responsible for their unhappiness. To Lispector’s protagonist Laura, however, such things seem irrelevant. In this story, expectations are a recurring theme: Laura’s expectations of herself and those imposed on her by others. The true source of her distress, however, is not the expectations of her husband, friend, or doctor, but those she has of herself. She does not care about things like political rights or being oppressed by her husband- only fulfilling the duties she has created for herself as a wife. Since women in most civilized countries now have the same rights as men under the law, they sometimes lose sight of what it means to be a woman and what that designation entails. In De Gouges time, women were defined by their lack of power with respect to men, but that is no longer the case. In Laura’s quest for purpose in her life, she becomes obsessed with the trivial roles that she feels a woman should fulfill and eventually is consumed by the realization that she is imperfect. She, like many other women, does not know exactly what she wants, but somehow feels as though she fails in some respect. Laura strives to do everything with perfection and attention to details to compensate for her own imperfections. Her goal in life is to be a good wife, but she has a distorted view of what that means. She speaks about a sorrow for “the lack of children which she never had” (54),
Image of page 1

Info icon This preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

although it is certainly not her fault that she cannot bear children. She also thinks it is important
Image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.
  • Spring '08
  • Laura

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern