Making a Difference
that portray a woman who, in some way, is controlled by someone. Back then, women
to give women in the future a better life.
young maiden in the novel, was arranged to be married to a man that would be able to
support her financially and who would give her the most worldly possessions. Anyone
could pursue her only if her father was able to find a good enough suitor for her older
sister, Katherine. Katherine is the noisier of the two and has no suitors because of her
shrewed manor. Yet her father is adament that she shall be married before Bianca. So, in a
sense, these two girls were controlled by their father. He was the one to decide who they
were to spend the rest of their lives with. The two girls had no choice, no say in who they
would marry and love.
Having an arranged marriage was not very common in the years that followed.
Even still, it was uncommon for women to make their own decisions. Before the Women s
Rights Movement was started in 1848, women were seen as property. Men were
usurpation s on the part of man toward woman, having in direct object the establishment
(Eisenberg). Later she goes on to list what women have been denied and how they have
women a chance to be free from any sort of isolation.
In a sense, woman were isolated from doing what they wanted to do. In the novel
period and the environment she is in, she has to be controlled. Most of the women on the
island are women who obey their husbands and take care of their children, as all wives are
site, out of mind, describes how Edna feels about her kids when they are away. She is not
different men and declares that she belongs to herself and that she can give herself to
reaches complete independence and commits suicide. Edna wanted to have what Elizabeth
Cady Stanton and many other women fought for: independance.
For many women, independence was a big part of who they are. Back in 1848, it
only took a few determined women to stand up for their independence which would later
change the way women were treated. These women who made these changes happen were
woman has very limited time to herself or a chance to do what she wants to do.
Unlike Edna, a woman was expected to care more for her family than herself. She
was to tend to them and see to it that she make them happy. Edna was a woman who
sought for her independence. She wanted to be able to live her life on her own and to
tamed by her appointed husband in the end of the novel. Whenever he called for her, she
That sort of treatment is what women were fighting against. Women no longer wanted to
be treated like slaves.
Many women have felt like Edna did and wanted the ability to not only say that
they were their own person but to be able to be treated like one. Just like the sisters from
The Taming of the Shrew, many daughters had no choice in who to love. It was not until
1848 when a couple of women were determined to stand up for what they believed in.
From that point on, women fought for equal rights. They fought for their freedom, for
their independence, for their right to be heard, treated and seen as people.
Women of the 1800 s paved the way for women today. When Bianca and
Katharine were pursued, their father made the decision for them. He picked who their
husband was going to be. With Edna, she was constantly trying to be her own person. She
wanted her freedom, and she wanted to make her own decisions. These are only two
examples of how women were treated. This kind of treatment continued until Elizabeth
Cady Stanton and others decided to take a stand. She and a few friends decided to act on
what every woman was only gossiping about. It all started with a discussion over tea
about how women were being treated. With many followers and determined women, years
chance to voice their opinions and finally start to be able to live their own lives. Who
would have thought that only a few people voicing their opinions would have made such a
tremendous effect of history? So it is true when people say that one person can make a