Women Lit Mid term Essay

Women Lit Mid term Essay - Krista Ammons 12:40-1:55...

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Krista Ammons 12:40-1:55 Arrangement of Awakenings Gender Roles in society are in laid in our brains from an early age by the media, family members (especially parents), and the educational system. Boys are taught that they are not supposed to cry and show weakness and as they grow up they are to be the provider and protector (also another reason in which they can not show vulnerability). Women are given dolls and their accessories and are taught to play house. There is a male figure and then the woman herself portrayed as the mother and “homemaker”. The male figure in the relationship is most often seen as the head of the family the top provider. This idea that the male is the main provider comes from the era of pro-feminist views, when the woman was actually not allowed education and even if she had become educated she was not let into a top (powerful) position in the work place. The woman was often left at home, preparing meals keeping up house and if there were children providing for them and the husband. Caring for the family was the woman’s job. This makes it easier for the rest of society to associate power with the male figure and let us also see the woman as the caretaker of the children and the domestic space in which they live. In the novels by Chopin, Walker, and Atwood the portrayals of the family as patriarchal institution is very evident. Each novel provides a look into the lives of different women in the patriarchal situation. In the novel The Awakening, by Kate Chopin, the first narrator the reader begins to trust is Mr. Pontellier. Mr. Pontellier is the focalizer; all the reader gets are his ideas and emotions. The novel paints a picture of Leonce as a genuinely good father and 1
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husband who sees his family as prized possessions (or even his personal possessions). He begins the novel providing for his family, keeping up appearances and such at the local gentlemen’s club in order to hopefully gain clients promising to the children small indulgences upon his return. Mr. Pontellier although he provides these expectations of treats he also has certain expectations of his wife. In Chapter three the reader gets a clear picture of what these expectations entail. He tells the reader after insisting Ms. Pontellier go check on the “sick” child, “If it was not a mother’s place to look after children, whose on earth was it?” It hints at an unspoken arrangement between Mr. Pontellier and his wife. Since he works, she must take care of the children. This shows what type of relationship Mr. and Ms. Pontellier have which is a patriarchal relationship. Mr. Pontellier has shown us that he assumes his wife will adhere to the expected gender roles in society at that time. He sees child bearing as a maternal instinct that his wife is expected to take on; he has no thought that she would think any differently, when you get married that is what is supposed to take place. The reader is enlightened when Ms. Pontellier shows she is aware that she is
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