Overtime, Gender Roles Have Evolved Essay

1043 Words Apr 18th, 2016 null Page
Overtime, gender roles have evolved. Women now work outside of the home, and may share some of the household duties with their husband. Men may be stay at home dad while the women are the primary source of income. Society often holds expectations based on someone’s gender, and sometimes that pressure can be too much for someone, or they just simply want to break the mold. When someone does break from the mild, they may be shamed by society because whatever they did is not normal and may cause questioning on what they are doing. Sometimes they are examples and may start a movement of change, but they also may be all alone and have to take a stand for what they believe in by themselves. In the book “The Awakening” the main character Edna, thinks about how she has to meet certain expectations because she is a woman. She was expected to stay at home and take care of the children while her husband works. She feels odd for not loving her life as much as people think she does or expects her too. Her husband makes good money, her treats her with gifts, she has two sons, lives in a nice house with servants so what is not to love? There are women who would love to have all of that but Edna just wants to be with someone she truly loves. From the outside, she appears to have it all. In the book it says “Mr. Pontellier had been a rather courteous husband so long as he met a certain tacit submissiveness in his wife. But her new and unexpected line of conduct completely bewildered him”…

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