Essay 1 Exploring Short Fiction
How do the writers convey criticisms of social mores and social conditions surrounding women protagonists in the stories of Adichie, Chopin, Devi and Hemingway? (Choose 2) In other words how do they portray women?
In stories by Chopin and Devi the womenin their stories are portrayed as a thing of ownership to be used as their husbands saw fit.. Desiree lived on a plantation owned by her husband's family and Giribala lived on a large estate owned by the husband’s wealthy family, both controlled environments, no financial wealth of their own. There was never a need for them to leave for anything and there was no sign of female friendships.(americanliterature.com)
In Desiree Baby, Her husband loved and adored his wife as long as it did not affect his reputation. He discarded her when he believed her to be a person not worthy of him, and she had given birth to a child that he could now never see as his heir. Desiree was a black woman in his eyes, the love and admiration he had for her disappeared , almost as quickly as he felt it the first time he set eyes on her. Armand’s pride came first before his family because he felt like he had to protect the family name and history at any cost. For this, he did not want anything to destroy who and what he was, which was a well known family and slave owner. Armand's love for Desiree was not true but only superficial and his love for his baby was motivated not by genuine love, but rather by pride, because this baby boy would have carried on his important family name.
In Giribala, she was treated as a possession to be kept and used at her husband’s pleasure. The setting in India also played a part as to how the wife was treated, the hypocrisy of her husband’s moral double standard seen and not heard, never to be displayed in public as when Giribala was when seen her husband discovered her on the stage. Even though he left her for the same type of woman that he...