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Women Today and Yesterday in "The Story Essay

… Women Today and Yesterday in "The Story of an Hour"

Kate Chopin's short story, "The Story of an Hour," tells the story of Louise, a woman who finds a new lease on life when she hears her husband is dead. Her story is also a commentary on the women of the eighteenth century. Looking at Louise through this lens, we can see just how much society has changed in regards to women. Louise represents the oppressed women and, sadly, death in this tale represents freedom. Louise shares very few experiences with contemporary women.

Louise is different from contemporary women because she is a prisoner in her own home. Women of today enjoy their homes and experience joy in their homes, whether or not they choose…. [read more]

Women's Role Term Paper

… Women's Role

Women have always been treated as being lesser than men, in any field, anywhere at all in the world. Within different religions, too, there is a lot of differentiation and discrimination between the various roles played by men as against the roles played by women. Take the example of Christianity, for one. According to Macarthur Junior, John, in an article written by him in March 2003, the feminist movement in America has had the result of assaulting and changing the traditional roles that women have been assuming for centuries and what has happened is that women are now in the middle of a Revolution of sorts. In yesteryears, women were extremely content to be a good wife, and a good mother, and their…. [read more]

Advanced Composition Hedda Gabbler by Ibsen Term Paper

… Women & Hedda

Women's Roles in 19th and 20th Century Literature, and in Contemporary Life

It is my opinion that in the 21st century, though it is still widely believed and expected by many that women will marry and have children, it is no longer assumed (as it was in the 19th century, and even arguably in most of the 20th century) that marriage and motherhood will be women's dominant (or only) sources of fulfillment. Instead, women today are encouraged (and in many cases expected) to have careers (or at least to work) outside the home, often while still tending to their households, being supportive of husbands, and raising families. Women nowadays, however, also have far more choices of what roles to fulfill. Some women…. [read more]

Flapper Movement the Effect Essay

… The creation of a specific "hip" and special language is often been observed as a sign of a particular generation or ostracized group searching for its own values and definitions. A sign of a behavioral shift in a group is often associated with that group developing its own lingo or jargon to differentiate itself from the majority (Isaacs, 1975). Nonetheless, despite the use of the new lingo by the Flappers many of the sayings and slang terms that originated during this time continue remain popular and in use even today.

A Shift in Gender Roles.

The Flappers certainly challenged traditional roles expected of women. Traditionally women stayed home and men worked outside the home; however, the Flapper movement saw women more and more working outside…. [read more]

Rosie to Lucy an Analysis Essay

… The first displayed the female characters in a row, arms around one another, like ordinary women dressed in denim or button-up shirts. Their lesbianism was highlighted by a slightly androgynous look. The billboard that went up to advertise the second season showcased the female characters nude on a rug, their arms and legs strategically placed censoriously over specific parts of the body. The same female characters were now portrayed as much sexier, feminine creatures -- like Jeannie. Krauss observes the same: characters looked less like themselves and more like "runway models." Kraus is led to ask the question: "Are the creators [of The L Word] allowing capitalism to create a lesbian identity that is more pleasing to heteropatriarchy?"

Simply put, is a sexed-up lesbian show…. [read more]

Forsaking of Will the Central Conflict Essay

… ¶ … Forsaking of Will

The central conflict within Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" predominantly takes place within the mind, and soul, of the protagonist, Mrs. Mallard. External events and circumstances affect Mrs. Mallard's perceptions and feelings, of course, but the bulk of the narrative is a definite internal experience for this wife and sister who has been oppressed and confined to the will of another, her husband, for far too long. When Mrs. Mallard is erroneously told that her husband has died in an accident, she gets her first, fleeting sensation of freedom from his oppression, before she dramatically dies (due to a poor heart condition) at the site of his returning home alive. The central conflict is Mrs. Mallard's subjugation to…. [read more]

Women and the Home Front Term Paper

… From the beginning of the secession crisis President Abraham Lincoln viewed the supposedly loyalist mountain regions as an ideal base for military operations into vital Confederate territory, and a place to drive a wedge into Southern unity. Politically, not to mention logistically, the mountain regions turned out to be less hospitable, and certainly less cooperative, than Northerners hoped. The Southern Appalachians, however, proved equally troublesome to the Confederate command. After an initial burst of wartime fervor, many mountain residents grew increasingly resistant, and then violently hostile, to coercive Confederate mobilization policies. The mountain regions also provided havens for deserters and increasingly fertile ground for bushwhackers, bandits, and resistance movements. At the same time, the war was particularly cruel to the Southern Appalachians, and residents suffered…. [read more]

TV Today and Yesterday South Essay

… The episode suddenly becomes terribly dark and somewhat depressing. It shifts between comedy and heartbreak instantaneously. The show ends with Stan objecting to all the things he and his friends used to like -- calling them all "shit" -- stupid, meaningless, and empty of value. His friends all leave him. Stan is left alone to wonder why nothing in the world appears to be worth anything anymore. Unlike in Jeannie, where all the major characters are brought back to normalcy, the South Park episode offers no such hope. In a sense it is more realistic, despite being a cartoon.

Stevie Nick's "Landslide" plays over the last scene of the show, emphasizing the fact that sooner or later all Americans must grow up and realize that…. [read more]

Abortion Migration Women Research Proposal

… ¶ … controversial subject of abortion in America. The question of abortion is one that is physically and mentally stressful for any woman, but when the elements of public opinion and legal rights are added to that decision-making process as elements a woman must take into consideration when making the choice to abort a fetus, or not to abort it; then, the question must be asked: Whose body is it? Does a pregnant woman's body belong to her and her alone when she is considering abortion? Or, is her body de facto property of the state that governs her choices in deciding to have an abortion? In the United States, a woman does not make the decision to have an abortion alone. Her choice is…. [read more]

Jennifer Saunders / AB Fab Research Paper

… Jennifer Saunders / AB Fab

Jennifer Saunders

Great Britain had an alternative comedy revolution during the 1980s that carried over into the 1990s and while "sitcoms" weren't necessarily viewed by the general public as being glamorous, the genre inspired some of the most memorable British television ever. Shows like The Office, Father Ted, and Blackadder are just a few of the magical programs of British television of this time period. Absolutely Fabulous was just one of these types of talismanic programs -- anarchic and irreverent, and it put women in the role of comedienne. Absolutely Fabulous began in 1992 and lasted until 1995 and then started up again in 2001, running until 2005 (including the Comic Relief special); however, the cult following this show, which…. [read more]

Link Between Story and Abortion Past and Present Term Paper

… ¶ … Letting the Air in': Abortion Symbolism and Metaphor in Ernest Hemingway's Short Story "Hills Like White Elephants"

The short story "Hills Like White Elephants" by Ernest Hemingway (1927) features an intense conversation between a man and woman on the topic of her having an abortion, one that clearly parallels many (if not all) aspects of the ongoing abortion debate today: e.g., a woman's right to choose whether to have an abortion; the timing of a pregnancy; the wherewithal (and/or readiness and willingness) of both members of a couple to make a commitment to a woman's not having an abortion and thereby accepting the future life changes and added responsibilities that not having the abortion would eventually bring. and, also as with many real-life…. [read more]

Human Sexuality Has Changed Considerable Term Paper

… Human Sexuality has changed considerable over the past. When one looks at history we find that during the course of man progressing to become more and more civilized, human sexuality has undergone great evolution. With time there have been changes in society as well as culture, which have brought about vast changes in human sexuality and a redefinition of traditional gender roles. Questions regarding what are the standards of human sexual behavior are being debated upon extensively. Where polygamous societies existed, monogamy is now spoken for. There was a time when interracial marriages were forbidden and against the law in the United States, however today no such law exists. At a point in time what was considered to be deviant is now considered a variable…. [read more]

Last of the Mohicans Term Paper

… The silence she maintains most of the time appears to be contemplative. That she is more willing to trust the Indian credits her as an open-minded person who wants to judge people as individuals, not by race.

It is Cora who comes upon a plan that might be able to save them and have them rescued. One must again note that the author allows a woman to formulate such a plan, and to exhibit such bravery. Clearly, Cooper has tried to depict that women can be brave, can be intelligent. The character of Cora is indeed admirable. She sees what needs to be done and sets forth to accomplish it, without complaining or crying. Alice however, is not a tremendous help. She cries more often…. [read more]

House of Bondage: The Transformation Book Review

… Basically, in giving a final examination it can be concluded that both authors of each of the books can be right, as the field of southern history challenges a single clarification. It is interesting to note that throughout the various plantation families that were all over the southern scenery, it is more than likely that the Civil War, without a doubt, were really responsible for connecting women that had slaves as Faust opposes, but that numerous women had already exercised their authority and power long previous to the Battle of Sumter, as Glymph preserves.

In preserving with an examination of gender, Glymph resumes in underwriting to the history on southern women that were white all through the nineteenth-century by presenting adequate verification of their power,…. [read more]

Meridel's Novel, the Girl Is a Story Term Paper

… ¶ … Meridel's novel, the Girl is a story that strikes many chords. A story that makes a statement that can be heard just as loudly today as it was yesterday in 1978 when first written. Clara is a woman that represents all women, the weaker side in a society that preys on just that. The Girl is a woman who represents all us all, too; she is the stronger, more proactive side in the face of anything. Both of these women are making peace with their pasts and their future. The summary of this story is the most present in the lines Clara says as she dies:

Memory is all we got. I cried, we got to remember. We got to remember everything. It…. [read more]

Happy Birthday Essay

… When you look at me with those beautiful eyes, I feel that I can do anything, and with you I believe that I have become a better person.

My love, I have given you everything you have ever wanted. We have been together for so long, and we have both grown in love together as we matured. I graced you with gifts, moving up state to New York with you, buying three houses and numerous cars. I have given you a good life, focusing all my energy to make sure you had a good comfortable living. I do not know what more you want from me as I am a very handsome man, as you have assured me in the past, I provide for you,…. [read more]

Are the Issues of Gays and Lesbians Today Different From the Seniors of Yesterday? Term Paper

… Homosexuality Survey

This report on a proposed research project is meant to address the attitudes and perceptions in the gay community among older people in that community compared to younger people in that community, believing that there will be significant differences in what is deemed important by the two groups. An interview method will be used, and the responses then compared.

The Problem and Its Components

The gay and lesbian community has long faced a number of issues peculiar to that community. The status of that community has changed over the last generation or so, becoming more open, more militant, and more visible. Certain problems persist, however, and take up the attention of members of the community. The question raised is whether the issues of…. [read more]

Film: "Yesterday" the Award Winning Movie Review

… On a cultural level, the film explores the lack of knowledge and understanding about the reality of AIDS in the community, which is still prevalent in many traditional communities today. For example, when the other villages in Yesterday's community find out that she and her husband have HIV / AIDS, they believe that they can contract the disease just being in the presence of the infected person and they ostracize Yesterday and her family. At an earlier stage of the narrative, Yesterday's husband, who is the unknowing carrier of the disease, beats up his wife when she tells him about the reality of their situation. The suggestion is that on a cultural level he is insulted and confused by an assertion of this nature. These…. [read more]

Black Women on Early Television Term Paper

… She worked for the Quaker Oats company from 1948 to 1966. Wilson conceded that although her family was supportive of her role as Aunt Jemima the commercials were met with much criticism and many felt that the role was demeaning to black women. (Foxworth)

Characters that were considered too White, the Single Black Mother and stereotypes perpetuated throughout the 70's

At the other end of the spectrum were television shows in which the black female characters were deemed as being too White. One such show was Julia which debuted in 1968 and starred Diahann Carroll as a single mother. Much of the controversy arose from the fact that most Blacks did not live like Julia and many felt that the character was a misrepresentation of…. [read more]

Cherokee Woman Time Period Between 1600's to 1820 Term Paper

… Cherorkee Women

Agasga's Journal

In the last few moons before she died, my grandmother told me many things. She knew that she would soon go to the Darkening Land in the West and wanted me to know all that she had not told me before. She spoke to me then about the need to pass on the ways of Ani Yunweya (the principal people) to the next generation. She said for thousands of years our people had kept the same customs and ways. But now change had come mightily with the white settlers, and the ways of our people were changing too. She said it is all right to change, to adopt new ways of doing things -- like when we started to grow sweet…. [read more]

African-American Women's Literature Term Paper

… African-American Women's Literature

Unlike any other marker of civilization literature demonstrates a vision of the social and psychological world in which we live. During the post civil rights era there have been a number of seminal authors who give meaning and message to their times and the times, which came before them. Literature during this period is a marker of change and also an exploration of modern concepts of the past. Through the works of African-American women writers can be seen a message of change that has overcome our society. We have reached a point at which it is now considered acceptable to explore the changes to our society that have come from the civil rights movement and discuss issues that before now were seen…. [read more]

Corpse Strangled With the Rope Book Review

… Harry looked like he wanted to ask her more questions, but then I suppose he remembered that this was obviously a crime scene, so that it should be reported to the proper officials, like law enforcement or the coroner's office. But there wasn't even a telephone in the house, so Harry left to go find the nearest telephone, which was at the Rivers residence.

2. In John Updike's short story "A&P," Sammy is a teenager who works as a cashier in the A&P Grocery Store in a beach town in New England. He is fascinated, as a teenage boy would be, when three teenage girls come into the grocery store wearing only bathing suits. Sammy begins to fantasize about the girls, and what they are…. [read more]

Same Sex Marriages Term Paper

… " But the intelligible moral structure of marriage surely relates to more than procreation, and surely a loving and mutually beneficial relationship between same sex couples is again, more legitimately moral than an abusive heterosexual relationship? In short, the existence of a martial bond in legal terms is no guarantee of moral legitimacy for either same-sex or heterosexual couples. Rather, the legal bond of matrimony is merely recognition of the beginnings of an attempt of the couple to make such a moral bond and to enter into a social framework of unity. (George, 2003, p. A8)

Recently, an authority as high as the Supreme Court of the United States stated that gays "are entitled to respect for their private lives," according Justice Anthony Kennedy. Under…. [read more]

Irony in Many Ways Essay

… She breathed a quick prayer that life might be long. It was only yesterday she had thought with a shudder that life might be long (Chopin, 1894).

This quotation demonstrates how happy Mrs. Mallard is with the death of her husband, which is indicated by the fact that her imagination is conceiving a variety of ways and times in which she will be independent. This reaction and the joy that characterizes it is the opposite of the morbidity that the death of a husband or a loved one usually brings. Again, it is valuable to understand that this situation irony is used by the author to reinforce the fact that Mrs. Mallard's husband was unfairly domineering towards her, which is why "yesterday" -- when her…. [read more]

Jane Addams Term Paper

… Jane Addams

An Agent for Meaningful Social Change, Yesterday and Today

The variation of the established type is at the root of all change."

Jane Addams (Spirit of Youth 8)

Jane Addams was a pioneer in social work, an active opponent of war, and a driver of reforms in politics and education during the last quarter of the nineteenth and first quarter of the twentieth centuries. Yet, today, many of the social problems she fought so fiercely to overcome, still exist. Revisiting Jane Addams' personal background, ideals, writings, and achievements furnishes insight into why her activism might be of value at the start of the twenty-first century in dealing with some of today's most serious societal ills.

Personal Background review of key events in and…. [read more]

Heroes of American Labor Essay

… Newman later became an organizer and leader of the International Ladies Garment Workers' Union.

In today's world, in response to recent events, Pauline Newman, I believe would be just as valiant and persistent in her attempts for something better. The sweat shops, unfortunately are not a thing of the past, but still alive and well today. The use and abuse of human beings will always be a problem for as long as we are alive. But it is in our own voices that we will change that; it is when all our small voices unite that we become loud and cannot be walked on without being heard again and again.

The working women who won the strike were Russian and Jewish, and Italian and African-American,…. [read more]

Sociological Trends of Gender Roles in Since the 1920 Term Paper

… Gender Roles

Throughout history, gender roles have played a vital part in the shaping of Western society. From the changeover of colonial belief systems to the industrial revolution in the 1920's to current trends, these gender roles have altered the workforce, family life, and numerous other areas. This paper will discuss gender roles from the 1920's through today, and will examine the sociological trends of these roles over time.

At the turn of the century, gender played a vital role in determining the educational and professional choices of men and women in colonial America. However, as social trends began to shift from the family nucleus of the religious norm to economic and political ambitions, the role of women in society developed, and began to expand…. [read more]

Lost Lady and Color Purple Term Paper

… Purple Lady

A Lost Lady & the Color Purple

The Color Purple and A Lost Lady are two books about women, written by women. As a result, these two seminal works have a distinct feminine appeal. That is they explore the plight of women during an age when women were considered, for lack of a better expression, "second class citizens" and they are written in a way that reflects a keen understanding of the struggle women have faced, and in many cases continue to face, to gain social justice and universal respect. It is the purpose of this paper to examine the protagonists (Mrs. Forrester is more of the object of the main character's affection) in The Color Purple and A Lost Lady to explore…. [read more]

Facts Theory and Concepts Thesis

… ¶ … planning, draw a visual model of the variables in the theory using the procedures for casual model design advanced in this chapter.

For a quantitative proposal regarding the wage gap between male and female professionals, a feminist perspective from feminist theory could serve as a theoretical foundation for the measures and variables of the proposed study itself. According to the principles of feminist theory, women are socially and professionally subjugated. Thus, the gender wage gap has been a commonplace for generations. Yet, with all of this talk of equality, a proposed study could show the real progression of the gender wage gap and how it compares as it is today by yesterday's standards. Thus from this theoretical foundation, a casual model can be…. [read more]

Motivation for Murder in Susan Term Paper

… Wright's fruit preserves as she is, metaphorically, of the chilly atmosphere of her Mrs. Wright's home, not just physically, but otherwise as well. Like the Sheriff, moreover, the County Attorney fails to grasp the deeper, implied meaning of Mrs. Peters' words about Mrs. Wright, when he says, "I guess before we're through she may have something more serious than preserves to worry about." Then Hale adds, "Well, women are used to worrying over trifles."

The two women then "move a little closer," presenting, at least through their body language, a united front against the men's verbal assault, not only of Mrs. Wright, but by implication of them as well. The women, however, understand Mrs. Wright, her moods and preoccupations, and likely, her motivation for murder.…. [read more]

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