How Self Esteem Come From Within Or From The Outside? Essay

1336 Words Jul 15th, 2015 6 Pages
Pickering, James H. Fiction 100: An Anthology ofSHORT Fiction. Boston: Pearson, 2012. Print.
Does self-esteem come from within or from the outside? Three stories from the anthology The Chrysanthemums by John Steinbeck, A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner and The Yellow Wall-Paper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman have a common thread of physiological oppressions. Psychological oppression is validated by poor self-esteem of the main characters, the manipulation of the main characters by the oppressor and by the oppressor themselves.
I do not think it is by coincidence that all three of the main characters that have these self-esteem problem are women. I think the majority of women have self-image problems compared to males. Elisa in the beginning of the story is in loose clothes that do not show off her feminine body what’s so ever.” “Her figure was blocked and heavy in her gardening costume, a man’s black hat pulled low down over her eyes, clodhopper shoes, a figured print dress almost covered by a big corduroy apron.” The reason why she is wearing these types of clothing is because her husband shows her no attention and especially no sexual attention either. It gets to the point she wants to escape being a female and start to attend the fights with her husband. We do not realize she has such self-esteem issues until she meets Tinker a man that shows her the attention she has been craving for a long time. “Kneeling there, her hand went out toward his legs in the greasy black…

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