Women's Role in Marriage

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The roles of women have changed drastically throughout the years. Historically the expected role of the woman in the family was to a take care of the needs within the home, which included providing care for the children, doing chores, and making goods. During these times women were required to be subservient to their husbands and had little say in the matters outside of the home or outside her “place.” During the 1800s women were essentially the possession of their spouse, they were not allowed to keeps their earnings, inheritance, nor their freedom. Once married, often very young, the woman became one with her husband and followed his rules within and outside of the home. Similar to the present, there were levels of class, however,…show more content…
Women have continued to progress throughout the years, becoming an almost equal counterpart to men in the work force and in politics. The women of the twenty-first century are a model of which those in the 1800s aspired to be. Having gained such freedom, the woman’s place in the home and marriage no longer requires her to do anything, ultimately the woman has a choice in what she does. Unlike women of the 1800s, who were trapped in their marriage by law, women of the twenty-first century have the option of divorce, prenuptial agreements, and alimony, a great development from the earlier. In “The Story of an Hour,” Mrs. Mallard struggled with the idea of having loved her husband, Chopin writes, “And yet she had love him—sometimes. Often she had not. What did it matter! What could love, the unsolved mystery, count for in the face of this possession of self-assertion which she suddenly recognized as the strongest impulse of her being” (116, Paragraph 15). Marriages of the nineteenth century were mainly social agreements, an article on women in the nineteenth century expounded on their marriages stating, “Young girls were often married by the age of 13 or 14 and if women weren’t married by the age of 25.” The marriages during this time were more for economical convenience rather than actual romance. In these marriages the husband could do as he pleased with no legal consequences other than for murder of their wife. The women provided care for the children of the home and
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