Women 's Portrayal Of Women And Their Eras

1368 WordsMay 13, 20176 Pages
Female roles have changed dramatically in present literature, writers such as Stephen Crane, Henry James, Sherwood Anderson and Jean Toomer were influential in their portrayal of women and their eras. To be feminine was to be the ‘prefect’ lady and young girls are taught to submit to authority and matrimony. As a result, women are regarded as incompatible to their male counterparts. Female roles in literature were to follow the customs of marriage, for marriage meant social success. To be unmarried is considered a failure as a woman, cursed to be a victim of society. Through out this essay we will discuss the mistreatment towards unmarried women and the how they 're negatively viewed by society through works of literature such as Maggie,…show more content…
this misconceptions is rooted in the double standards of society: how men can ruin one women and leave her for another with exemption. Rejected by her mother, brother, then by Pete, Crane writes about Maggie 's fate and how she “went away” (Crane 47). The last we see of Maggie, she is meeting with her last client and, without knowing, led closer to her death. As a woman living in a bad neighborhood, Maggie eventually working as a prostitute was not surprising given her circumstances. Ironically, her brother Jimmie tells her “go teh hell or go teh work!”(Crane 13) with hell referring to to prostitution. Becoming a prostitute later in the literature assumes that young, poor and unmarried women have no means of escape from the hand they 're dealt. Maggie seemed destined to be nothing more than a prostitute and it left little affect that she dies that way. The crying from her family and neighbors seemed more towards themselves then Maggie. Henry James’ Daisy Miller makes known the differences between modern America and tradition European customs through our protagonist, Daisy Miller. Unlike Cranes’ Maggie, Daisy is a young and wealthy New Yorker whose family takes advantage of their wealth and social scene by traveling abroad. Similar to Cranes’ Maggie, Daisy enjoys the company of the many gentlemen in New York and abroad, representing the American flirt. Daisy follows her instinct and enjoys a looser structure of living. She brings a refreshing insight on how young,
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