Beauvoir's The Married Woman
It is a bright early Saturday morning, and my mother wakes up to another routine day. As the sun rises, she reluctantly pulls herself out of bed to face a usual monotonous schedule. She gets ready and rushes downstairs to cook breakfast for the family. As she hurriedly scrambles around the kitchen, my father sluggishly crawls out of bed and approaches his awaiting meal. After taking a quick glance at the clock my mother scurries upstairs to wake me up for my football practice. Rushing me to the shower, she picks up my scattered dirty laundry and tosses it into my hamper before she darts off the check on the sausages. My father finishes his breakfast, kisses me and my mother, and then hops in his car to drive off to a new stimulating day at the company.
This narrative is a stereotypical day of middle class life in today’s society. The father rushes off to an exciting new day at the office stimulating the economy and making a country run while the mother stays at home and goes on a repeated mission to make the house a clean and spotless sanctuary. Her monotonous activities are no longer additional efforts to keep a clean home, but it is as if she has given rise to a whole new religion, and the only source of hope and belief is that no one stains the perfect sanctuary she has worked so hard to create. Is a woman born with the habit of working in the house or is she brought up to be confined in the house? What chose that women be tied to the chains of domesticy? Where did the basis of the idea of a woman being of secondary importance originate from?
The primary theme In Simone de Beauvoir 's book The Second Sex is Immanence vs. Transcendence. She states that history and tradition demand that women be the homemaker. With the position of homemaker they forced to be passive, submissive, separated from the outside world, and immersed in makings of the home, therefore being immanent. Immanence can be described as the state of...
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