Oppression of Women

The Oppression of Women

Women have been oppressed since the dawn of human civilaization, reminding us that people naturally segregate and mistreat one another.
In Antigone, women's oppression is a major theme. Ismene does not believe women can go against men, a common idea at the time. Creon mocks Ismene and Antigone and dehumanizes her as a sex object when he says "There are places enough for him to push his plow."
Antigone has many more examples of sexism being the norm. Creon refuses to believe a woman could be equal or better than a man, as can be seen through his comments. He seems to think Haimon would get bored with Antigone regardless. He also refuses to lose to a woman.
In The Story of An Hour, a short story written hundreds of years later, women are still found in the same place in society. Mrs. Mallard's is told her husband died and she finds herself finally free to live for herself. It is her realization that self-assertion is more important than any other natural impulse. She only wishes to finally be free.
Chopin, Kate. "Kate Chopin: Complete Novels and Stories." Edited by Sandra Gilbert. New York: Library of America, 2002.

Sophocles. Antigone. F. Storr, Cambridge Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1912. Web.