November 28, 2012
Marriage; the everlasting unity of a woman and a man. It is the quintessential sign of love and devotion to another human being. Husbands and wives share and construct a life together. They build upon their feelings and mold their emotions into an understanding structure of unison. However, sometimes wives become stifled by their husband’s controlling hand. A husband’s masculinity and commanding nature can have the tendency of taking over a marriage. The couple’s entire relationship can appear to be perfect to an outsider, when in reality the husband is the force controlling their lives. There are two couples this year who I felt exhibited the characteristics of having relationships dominated by the male figure. Rose and Troy Maxson from the play Fences by August Wilson and Tom and Daisy Buchanan from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald each have extraordinarily dynamic marital ties. Troy and Tom both yearned for the upper hand in their marriages. However, it is not long before their wives, Rose and Daisy, grow tired of their husbands’ domineering ways and rebel.
Tom and Daisy have an interesting marriage. They have a three year old child together, a young girl, and live in a large Georgian Colonial mansion that is nothing short of magnificent. Even with Daisy’s undeniable beauty and charming personality, her marriage with her husband, Tom, is anything but an honest and romantic interpretation of love. Nick states that Daisy’s face was both “sad and lovely with bright things in it, bright eyes and a bright passionate mouth”(9). This description directly alludes to the fact that even though she is exquisitely lovely, there is something deep inside that is unhappy. Her unhappiness is derived directly from her life with her husband. Almost every time Daisy begins to speak about a topic, she is rudely interrupted by Tom. For instance, when talking about scientific books, Daisy begins to explain...