Womens issues in the 1800´s.

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In comparing the three authors and the literary works of women authors, Kate Chopin (1850 -1904), "The Awakening", Charlotte Perkins Gilman 's (1860-1935), "The Yellow Wallpaper", and Edith Wharton 's (1862-1937) "Souls Belated", many common social issues related to women are brought to light, and though subtly pointed out are an outcry against the conventions of the time. In these three stories, which were written between 1899 and 1913, the era was a time in which it seems, women had finally awaken to realize their social oppression and were becoming rebellious in their pursuit of freedom from the male-dominated societal convention in which they existed. They commenced viewing their social stature as unjustly inferior, and they realized…show more content…
In Soul 's Belated, it is implied that Lydia decides to return to Gannet and possibly marry him, in order to restart living a new life with the man she loves, though she detests societies conventions. All characters were in unhappy marriages where the distribution of love was one-sided. All their marriages seem to have been marriages of convenience, as was the custom of the day, mainly for the upper classes, and all women felt trapped. Chopin 's character, Edna, married Leonce Pontellier because he was financially stable, and because she wanted to go against her family 's wishes. "....Add to the violent opposition of her father and her sister Margaret to her marriage to a catholic and we need seek no further motives which led her to accept Monsieur Pontellier for her husband". 5 In the "Yellow Wallpaper", the main character speaks of a one-sided love when she reflects; "It is so hard to talk to John about my case, because he is so wise, and because he loves me so" (663). The author "Soul 's Belated" in giving the reader a pointer as to why Lydia acted on her emotions writes " ..... from the first, regarded her marriage as a full canceling of her claims upon life" (674). In all the stories, the authors commonly depict propriety in marriage, a yearning for freedom from convention, loveless marriages, wealth and unconventional women. Chopin and Gilman imply that the mental illnesses experienced by their characters are due mainly, to male
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