Analysis of the other wife Essay

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The Other Wife Analysis
The Other Wife is a short story written by Sidonie Gabrielle Colette. Colette is credited for challenging rigid attitudes and assumptions about gender roles. “The Other Wife” is about a French aristocrat and his second wife has a brief encounter with his ex-wife in a restaurant. The story’s point of view is 3rd person omniscient. An analysis of how France 20th century gender roles influence the multiple personalities of a husband, wife, and ex-wife.
Gender roles have played a major part in society. According to the book “The Psyche of Feminism” “A gender role is a theoretical construct in the social sciences that refers to a set of social and behavioral norms that are considered to be socially appropriate
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She also wears white. “White is an abnormal color for a French woman French woman to wear”(Pebbles 116). Her white attire represents all of her possibilities because white is a combination of all of the colors. She is going against what a good catholic woman does. The ex-wife is staying at the hotel by herself. She is boldly lounging back smoking her cigarette relaxing. She is portraying manly characteristics. The first wife is confident and has a strong demeanor.
Alice the current wife of Marc is naïve and submissive. Pebbles uses some bible quotes to discuss feminism. She used 1 Timothy 2:11”A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. I do not permit a woman to teach or have authority over a man.” Alice allows her controlling husband dictate what to eat and where to sit in the restaurant. Alice is describe as a blond lady with dusty skin, blue-green eyes, and heavily breasted. “The fashionable silhouette in the early 1900s was that of a confident woman with a full chest and curry hips”(Levi 194). A corset was used to achieve this look. Alice wears an all black outfit. Black is absent of all colors. The black shows limited possibilities in her current lifestyle. According to the narrator she has changeable eyes. Marc first mentioned that her eyes looked green against the blue sky. The narrator describes her eyes as blue. Her eyes illustrate her future emotion of envy towards the

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