The Relationship Between Men And Women

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“I love my past, I love my present. I am not ashamed of what I have had, and I am not sad because I no longer have it.” (“Sidonie Gabrielle Colette”). Colette was a free spirit; she lived her life the way she wanted, and wrote about things no one else dared to write about at the time. Colette’s themes were extremely revolutionary as they related to the relationship between the sexes, the strength of women, and her own personal experiences.
A lot of Colette’s works are based around the relationship between men and women. Her family’s negative marriage experiences were the basis of her view on the sexes. “She knew that her mother’s first marriage had failed” (“(Sidonie-Gabrielle) Colette”) and in, “Two Memories of Sido,” She describes how
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Colette’s female characters are very independent in their stories, respectively. Colette was concerned “with female independence, and the degree to which women will pursue their own independence.” (Jurgens). Colette’s mother was a huge influence in her life and this is reflected in her writings. ”This strong maternal attachment continued to influence her well into adulthood and old age.” (“(Sidonie-Gabrielle) Colette”). In “Two Memories of Sido” Colette reminisces on how loving her mother used to be and how depressed she became due to her failed marriage. Colette also frequently wrote about the “lesbian image”. “Colette’s powerful depictions of lesbians continue to influence the way lesbians are perceived.” (Jurgens). She depicted them as individuals whose “nature cannot be encompassed with a single label.” (Jurgens). Colette illustrates “female characters who are fully alive, sexual beings aspiring to their own physical happiness.” (“(Sidonie-Gabrielle) Colette”).
Many of Colette’s themes are based on her own personal experiences. At the age of 19, Colette was married to Henri Gauther-Villars. Her view on society was very much influenced by this marriage because he “forced his young wife to produce novels that would satisfy his prurient and financial interests” (“Sidonie Gabrielle Colette”).“Working for him, near him, taught me to distrust him, not to know him better.” (Jurgens). This quote from Colette herself accurately
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