Recently, there is common knowledge that the human cannot be discriminated against focused on sexual orientation, gender, etc… in just about any situation one can think of. On the other hand, this compilation of acts involves but is not restricted on demotion, promotion, firing or hiring of women. During all past historical ages, women were struggling hard to gain their freedom along with obtaining their desired rights.
However, strangely enough, this well-known fact is often easily ignored in the cases of women; many more fear to speak out because of retaliation and prejudices, which will be lodged against them if they were to step forward. Notwithstanding, social scientists believe that there are several elements involved in making changes to the collective mind in similar situations such as these. Among them are attitude, structure (as in the structure of society), and the technical aspects specific to the situation to which they are applied.
The number of reports filed rises every year, indicating that the problem is becoming more pronounced, than more and more women are being harassed, belittled and demeaned simply because they were born female. A chief complaint among these women who do speak out is that they are passed over for promotion, the positions instead given to men with lesser qualifications. Yet, in literature, most of authors announce those issues in their written novels, stories, or even poems.
This paper articulates an analysis of two stories related with women struggle to gain their freedom, "A Rose For Emily", by William Faulkner, and " The Story Of An Hour", by Kate Chopin. Conclusion is enclosed to summarize the paper's details, and a works cited page is attached.
1- The Story Of An Hour
"The Story Of An Hour" has been published in 1849, which has been written by the American author, Kate Chopin. This story is acknowledged as the best-known piece of short fiction at this time.
The plot of this story surrounded the fact of a wife's reaction at her news of her husband's death in an accident, and the later news of his alive. Yet, this story examines the role of women in marriage and her feminism identity.
2- A Rose For Emily
"A Rose for Emily" is considered one short piece of the American author, William Faulkner's works. Published in 1930, this story occupied its place in the fictional city, Faulkner.
The events of the story begin after Emily's death, the main character of this story. Sexual disputes are arisen in the whole story, which reflects the wish of the author to inform the readers how women were victims by their communities and their ethical manners, even when deciding to amuse themselves.
From the narration way of the story, the spirit of feminism appears. However, it is known as one of the great acts in the cultural and ethical issues of the American South at this time.
3- Role Of Women And Desire For Freedom Of The Protagonist
In both stories, the reader can discover how feminism is considered such obstacles for women in her whole life. Females in both stories were struggling hard to get their emancipation from the control of males. In the "The Story Of An Hour", and from its title, the whole life of a woman had been changed in just one hour. At the first minute of this hour, she had been faced with a sudden death of her husband. She, dramatically hurried to her room weeping, but then, she had realized that she had released from the control of her husband, and should seek on her own new life, free of any "imperialism", "There would be no one to live for her during those coming years; she would live for herself. There would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impost a private will upon a fellow-creature…", (Chopin 215).
Nevertheless, suddenly, her husband had back safety, while she could not bear the new news, and died at once. In contradiction with what appeared to others that she could not bear the new news, "… when the doctors came, they said she had died of heart disease – of joy that kills.", (Chopin 215), the author insisted that her death was due to the fact that she could not bear to be controlled again by her husband and her dreams of freedom had been lost completely.
On the other hand, in the story of "A Rose for Emily" there is also a tendency of women mistreatment. Being a woman is only the main fact for females living, perhaps from the moment they born. "Daddy wanted me to be a lady – his little lady – from the day I learned to walk…" (Faulkner 30).
From the feminist perspective, the women were not allowed to be economically independent. However, this story is the story of a lady betrayed and victimized by the sexual politics' systems, who never discover the power's sources for herself.
According to both authors, women have not the right to be unanticipated to come across, against any efforts to juggle around with almost any culture's judgment of her own body. Starting from the age of Virgin Mary to the age of Barbie, females have been provided with certain ambiguous models for whole their personified living, which merge asexuality through hyperactive sexuality in incomprehensible and odd ways. (Bhardwai 34).
Additionally, on the condition that commodities have been writing this serious fact on their own bodies, females have both made possible ways to be able to destabilize their own consequence in the matching act. (Bhardwai 40).
The differences between male and female are noteworthy. Consistent with previous research, these differences reflect both internal and external aspects of certain communities. From the internal perspective, it can notice that differences in opinion between male and female, primarily involved issues of perceived fairness and matters of peer recognition.
Females in both stories were more likely to indicate that they have seen unfair behavior based on gender with regard to transfers, access to upper management, promotion, and representation in senior positions and in special units. (Denov 50).
It is discovered as well that women were more likely than men to report that they had to work harder than others did in order to be perceived as equals within any workplace. In addition, some females may believe that their colleagues' males have their own lower expectations of them. Moreover, they believe that some males have not wanted to collaborate with them due to their gender focus. The results also indicate that females believe they have less respect within the society.
These findings suggest that many females can perceive unfair treatment based on gender –perhaps a reflection of a historically male-dominated culture within all communities. (Denov 56).
The external aspects involve issues pertaining to family life. Many respondents – both male and female – agreed that family considerations were important reasons for not applying for promotions or transfers.
Females, however, were more likely than their male peers to report considering delaying or not having a family. This gender difference may be because women must deal with the effect that pregnancy could have on their careers.
It is also possible that women officers are more cognizant of potential child-care issues that a career in any employment can bring, and thus are more concerned with the support that will be provided to them.
In all those involved issues, we all have many questions, and nobody has all the answers. In any culture or nation, successful females rest on four basic pillars: research, cooperation, education, and training.
Not only in employing, but also in training, education, and research, the only real answer is cooperation pooling resources, knowledge, ideas, and experience to arrive to those mutually solutions, which are full of benefits.