Old Women and ‘Empty Nest Syndrome’─An Analysis of Mary Gavell’s The Swing from the Perspective of Feminism

@article{Han2018OldWA,
  title={Old Women and ‘Empty Nest Syndrome’─An Analysis of Mary Gavell’s The Swing from the Perspective of Feminism},
  author={Wenju Han},
  journal={Theory and Practice in Language Studies},
  year={2018},
  volume={8},
  pages={29-33}
}
  • Wenju Han
  • Published 2018
  • Sociology
  • Theory and Practice in Language Studies
Mary Gavell’s The swing is about an aging mother who suffers from ‘empty nest syndrome’. This paper analyzes the novel from the perspective of feminism, argues that the direct causes of her ‘empty nest syndrome’ are her estranged relationship with her husband, son and friends. And the underlying cause of her ‘empty nest syndrome’ is that she is oppressed in the patriarchal society which restricts her to the role of mother and wife. In the patriarchal society, women rely too much on the… Expand

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