scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 1,101
While Kate Chopins The Storm serves to juxtapose commonly herald viewpoints of 19th century gender roles the storys themes and characters offer supposition regarding the true nature of sexual repression During the time of this storys conception the campaign of female inferiority held its greatest audience in what was commonly referred to as the Cult of True Womanhood In The Storm as well as in many other short stories Chopin used the literary medium to counter if not attack the principle ideas behind the Cult of True Womanhood often by twisting the syntax and semantics of etiquette with the nature of human emotion During the late 1800s as a popularly accepted political agenda the Cult of True Womanhood sought to define the gender roles throughout the paradigm shift of the pre Industrial Revolution As the workload became more demanding husbands began to spend more time away from the home This combined with the decreasing need for the individual family to supply its own raw materials transferred the believed savage nature of physical labor to the cutthroat business world Thus women were meant for the home as it was too brutal in the general world This viewpoint differs from previously accepted gender role campaigns in that beforehand women were thought to embody uncontrollable lustful impulses which needed superior rational male guidance and authoritarianism to manage The Cult of True Womanhood changed this perspective by initiating the belief that woman were the highest form of purity void of impetuous sexual desires In contrast men actually possessed the uncontrollable lustful impulses Therefore woman too gentle by nature needed sanctuary the home to guard their susceptibility to the lust of men Four ideals cornered this new approach Purity Piety Submissiveness and Domesticity Lavender 2 According to the doctrine of the Cult of True Womanhood as expressed through publications of that era it was believed that women had been ordained with the sole responsibility to teach and uphold religious devoutness
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA