Armand’s Treatment Of Desiree’: Then And Now

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“I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naïve or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman.” Anais Nin wrote this quote. This quote symbolizes what Desiree’ thought she had in a husband until he disappointed her by kicking her out of the house upon the realization that their son had black in him. This was a big deal for a wealthy Caucasian man during the 19th century due to the fact that he had a status to uphold. Desiree’ had to obey by his rules and leave as he commanded.
Kate Chopin wrote Desiree’s Baby in 1893. During this time period, the ...view middle of the document...

Owning property did not begin to change until the 19th century when Mississippi decided to allow married women to own property separate from their husbands. Other states then began to follow by the end of the 19th century. This progression was major among the female community and opened the door to the future status and opportunities presented to women. Today, the separation of gender within laws is unheard of; therefore, Armand would not have been able to treat or expect Desiree’ to work or participate on the same task and activities as himself. Now, a husband and wife usually place both of their names on property to ensure equal shares in case the unfortunate event of them splitting. The ownership of property would not have been allowed for Desiree’ when she left husband. She was not allowed to go to courts to receive any type of financial support for her child or family. These restrictions would not be acceptable with so many single mothers raising children on their own today. Support is needed from both parents and since you cannot force anyone to emotionally support their child, the government has set in place a system that causes both parents to support their financially.
The Nationally American Women Suffrage Association (NAWSA) began the evolution of the rights we have today. During the 19th century, women did not have the right to vote. This organization pushed for suffrage, and women earned their right to vote on August 26, 1920. Before this right was given, women were forced to submit to the rule of a man run society, which was not the best. In order for women to be heard thoroughly within any controversial situation involving political topics, they would have to go through their husband or a male member of the family. Other than that, women endured hardship and backlash in result of their...

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