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Graffiti Wall

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J. D.

on 30 October 2012

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“The trouble was, I hated the idea of serving men in any way. I wanted to dictate my own thrilling letters” (76). I'm not you're slave. I control my OWN fate. Do it yourself. “It would mean getting up at seven and cooking him eggs and bacon and toast and coffee and dawdling about in my nightgown and curlers after he’d left for work to wash up the dirty plates and make the bed, and then when he came home after a lively, fascinating day he’d expect a big dinner, and I’d spend the evening washing up even more dirty plates till I fell into bed utterly exhausted” (84). Get it yourself. I'm NOT your maid. I have ambitions too. “Women-haters were like gods: invulnerable and chock-full of power. They descended, and then they disappeared. You could never catch one” (107). Let me be. You can't take advantage of me. Get
yourself. “But I didn’t know shorthand, so what could I do? I could be a waitress or a typist. But I couldn’t stand the idea of being either one” (125). SOOO not happening. Yeah, right. DARE
DIFFERENT. “It please me that they [high-heeled shoes] would be perched there on the silver log, pointing out to sea, like a sort of soul compass, after I was dead” (151). You're gonna miss this.... I will not lay down. My way, my time. “He didn’t really know me, either. He just wanted to see what a girl who was crazy enough to kill herself looked like” (173). Don't use me. Who do you think you are? I won't play
your game. Esther desires to maintain her independence; she wants to control her own future rather than being an insubordinate to any man. Ultimately, Ester’s unwillingness to serve men illustrates that women must not succumb to men, but rather women should take charge of their own fates. One of the most stereotypical roles women play is the standard housewife cooking and cleaning for her husband. The use of a long, droning on sentence illustrates the extent to which Esther despises even the idea of acting as a mainstream wife for a husband. She would rather be living the “lively, fascinating day” then hearing about it at the end of the day. Her desire and attempts to live at exciting life becomes her way of transcending the pressure to conform to a typical feminine role. “Women-haters” are the epitome of male superiority. They cannot be hurt, yet they command all. They are sly and tricky, yet they can get away with anything. Esther hates these men because they never show women a proper respect, and they act above other people. Ultimately, these men are the ones who force women into submitting to their will and into standard, subordinate feminine roles. Waitressing and typing are common female jobs of the time, and Esther despises the thought of yielding to either on of these positions. Society accepts women to fill these jobs, but by refusing to become either one, Esther shows a tough resilience to succumbing to societal pressure. High-heeled shoes embody what society expects out of females. Women are expected to look their best and do their female jobs at all times, while men are left to command the important aspects of life. Leaving her shoes signifies a rebellion against the common feminine role because they represent the reason she wants to die. Her death would be a stand against the female expectations, and the abandonment of the high-heels would symbolize that rebellion. Esther’s assertion that the man who claimed to remember her merely wished to visit her to see a crazy person illustrates that the idea that men do not care about women, but only what women can do to get them ahead in life. The assumed subservient role of a female ultimately assists men as they follow through with their life ambitions. Esther hates this fact, and refuses to see the man because she wants no part in helping any man get ahead. Her refusal to become a mere pawn in a man’s game illustrates her methods for resisting societal pressure to conform to a feminine role.
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