Marriage and Women in “The Hand” and “The Lady with her Pet Dog” The emotions of subordination futility, inadequacy, and fear in relationships are on display in the stories “The Hand” by Sidonie-Gabrielle Collette and “The Lady with her Pet Dog” by Joyce Carol Oates. One clear example of these issues is elucidated by the theme of fear and self-loathing evidenced in “The Hand.” The female character remarked early in the story how “it had been only two weeks since she had begun to live the scandalous life of a newlywed who tastes the joys of living with someone unknown and with whom she is in love” (Collette 282). The element of scandal described by this character evidence a palpable sense of guilt about her marriage. This emotion perhaps...The end:
.....lings of guilt, fear, and inadequacy. Perhaps the prevalent gender inequality which persists in society has a lot to do with the fact that many women find marriage to have a consistent feature of subordination associated with it. These stories may seem like the emotional distresses which women needlessly suffer with, but their issues may have more to do with androcentric society than most men would care to admit. Works Cited Collette, Sidonie-Gabrielle. “The Hand.” The Bedford Introduction to Literature. Ed. Michael Meyer. New York, NY: Bedford/St. Martins, 2008. 249-261. Print. Oates, Joyce Carol. “The Lady with her Pet Dog.” The Bedford Introduction to Literature. Ed. Michael Meyer. New York, NY: Bedford/St. Martins, 2008. 282-284. Print.