Within the French culture at the time the story was published in the 19th century

Within the French culture at the time the story was published in the 19th century, woman did not have much freedom to do things as they pleased. They were bound to marriage with their husbands, depend on them for income and follow their instructions. Men had the role of being hardworking, earning money and in most cases, attaining a certain level of fame in society. In the story, Mme. Loisel did not have the option of working to help her husband pay off the debts owed from purchasing the necklace, she works at home and does chores and did not have any opportunity to support themselves. At certain age, they were expected to marry a man who can properly provide for them while creating a family. Women had far little rights compared to men. For example, women were not allowed to create a bank account without the permission of their husbands and did not have the right to vote in the 1880’s. This shows how little they were respected as an individual. Also, women were expected to stay home to look after the house by cleaning and doing various chores while the men would have gone to receive higher education in universities. As it reads in the story, “she had no dowry, no expectations, no means of being known” we see that Mme. Loisel, as well as many women of that time, were dependant on a man to give them wealth and status for them to live a happy life. They had little ability to lead their own lives without having atleast been brought up in a family of the upper-middle class

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