A Study of Economics and Its Effects on Marriage and Women

Student: Chelsea Tibus
Mentor: Pamela Buck
Major: English

Marriage, while often construed as a symbol of romance and unity, is also a systematic base from which women found themselves oppressed and devalued. Combined together an economic structure that supports a male dominated sociaty, there is a clear determination of gender within the economic framework.In the early 1900s, this disparity between wealth and gender is particularly notable because of the gap. In the early 1900s, this disparity between wealth and gender is particularly notable because of the gap. The flaws in the economic structure even translated in to literature, in such works such as “The Awakening” (Kate Chopin), House of Mirth (Edith Wharton), and “The Yellow Wallpaper” (Charlotte Perkins Gilman). Through such characters as Edna Pontellier, Lily Bart, the narrator in Gilman’s story, three authors depict the effects of economic disadvantages and the struggle to live with and go against society, and the effects such a structure had on their psychological beings as well as their own identities. It is this economic structure which reinforced the system of marriage and through that, the complete devaluation of women and in some cases, the treatment of women as commodities and resources rather than human beings.