During the Victorian age marriage had a lot of expectations. Men had to do this and women couldn't do that, who started this anyway? No rights for woman or privliges but yet they still lived by these things expectations. Just think about how far our society has come. In the 21st century women can vote, go to work, or chose what she wants to do. Men can even stay at home and take care of the children if they want to. If this was to take place during the Victorian days I can't imagine how they took it. Despite what was expected of both men and women during this era, societal expectations has had a drastic change over the years.
Let's look back into the Victorian ages and marriage. From what I have read for men, although it was still important, marriage wasn't as crucial as it was for a woman. Women were to get married to a man in the same or even better social class. They married not for love but for financial support. Women, especially of a higher social rank werent expected to work, so their husband's financial stalblitiy was important. They were expected to stay home and be a good wife and a good mother and they were taught this at an early age. From the Story "Girl" a little girl was being told how to do things as she would in a marriage. Things like setting the table, to washing clothes, cooking and even how to catch a fish. They were brung up on these idea of how to get and keep a husband.
What I took from the play "The Yellow Wallpaper" she had no control or say what have you in even the smallest details in her life. It was as if her husband controled everything and this was the effect of the gender division and how they saw men as being superior. It was like woman stayed in a ignorant state of mind because they had no choice but to what was expected of that time period.
Just to think what would have been today if someone didnt speak about the rights of women like Mary Wollstonecraft in "A Vinidication of th Rights of Woman" is just tramatizing....