Women (Mothers, Wives and Lovers)

  • Posted on: 22 December 2010
  • By: admin

Women play many roles in society and let's face it, the world wouldn't work well without women doing what's expected of them (become wives, mothers, care-givers, etc.). Many novels put women at their center, showing them as either heroes or villains. It is interesting to look at the roles women are expected to fulfill, and see how conflict arises when women refuse to fulfill those roles.

“Adam Bede” by George Eliot (the journey of a woman who seeks a lover and abandons a child)

“The Crimson Petal and the White” by Michael Faber (Shows the Victorian ideal of the innocent, child-like wife)

“Macbeth” by W. Shakespeare (“None of woman born shall harm Macbeth” / Lady Macbeth as the masculine woman)

“Madame Bovary” by G. Flaubert (A story of provincial life and an attack on bourgeois complacency; boredom in marriage and dissatisfaction with motherhood; desire to escape the monotony of everyday life)

“Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy (Motherhood or love? Which one is worth dying for?)

“Sons and Lovers” by D. H. Lawrence (Escape from a suffocating, emotionally dependent mother)

“Tess of the d’Urbervilles” by T. Hardy (A fallen woman and the tragic double-standards of a traditional society)

“The Handmaid’s Tale” by M. Atwood (The woman in a tyrannical, patriarchal society; the woman as an object of desire but most importantly, a reproductive medium)

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