The Grandissimes Injustice

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The Cruelty of Society Towards Women in The Grandissimes
Ashley Renshaw says, “Always stand for what you believe in because it might just be the change the world needs.” Like Renshaw, Aurora and Clotilde go to extreme measures to stand firm in what they believe in while encountering many obstacles along the way. In George Washington Cable’s book, The Grandissimes, Cable shows his readers the harshness society presses upon Creole women during the nineteenth century. Cable’s depiction of the situation of women in the South, common with societal expectancies during the nineteenth century across America, categorizes women as passive bystanders throughout The Grandissimes. To begin, Cable allows his readers to see the harshness society throws upon
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Cable’s use of dialogue clearly shows that Clotilde and Aurora have to be spectators of their own interest because societal views of working Creole women is a preposterous statement during this time period. Similarly, in “Do You Not Know That Women Can Make Money?”, Duet gives her readers an excellent statement that falls right along with the situation of Creole women in The Grandissimes by stating, “…white Creole women, particularly those from the upper social classes, understood that working outside the home was out of the question” (Duet 50). Duet’s statement hits home once again by showing the readers if one was a Creole woman of high class back in the nineteenth century, she shall not have any say in the matter of whether she wants to work or not. Society during this time period is very …show more content…
Society’s unwillingness to allow Creole women of high aristocracy to work forces these women to become dependent on men. Likewise, the way society functions during the nineteenth century encloses a snare upon women, which coerces them to become spectators in their own interests. Finally, the reader can see society places expected roles on women that compartmentalizes these women into having no influence on society as a whole. However, Cables shows his readers even with all these restrictions placed upon women, more specifically the Creoles of high aristocracy, that these restrictions can be combated against. Cable does this by showing his readers the story of Aurora and Clotilde. Aurora and Clotilde go through some pretty tough experiences, however; these women are capable of living even though they go against the harshness society throws upon them. Maybe this was the spark needed to break free from the bondage that forces women to be spectators within society during the nineteenth

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