The narcissistic nature of the central characters, Alex and Patrick are portrayed in their treatment of women, who they see as nothing more than objects; degrading them in society’s eyes. Beverly Walker claims in a Clockwork ‘all of the women are portrayed as caricatures; the violence committed upon them is treated comically'. Similarly, in American Psycho the violent treatment of women is underlined with comic remarks, expressing the narcissistic nature of Patrick, but also his lack of morality. In a Clockwork, women are presented merely as something to voyeur within the opening chapter. The setting of the Korova Milk Bar consists of naked mannequin women, chained to walls, alluding that violence is justifiable to an extent and observing this violence is tolerable.1 The tables within the bar look the same and are bend backwards, disclosing all their anatomy in a way that uncovers vulnerability,1 but also suggesting that women are objects, dehumanizing them.
The office then starts to melt, signifying Draper’s weakness and surrender (Vermeulen & Rustad, 342). Subsequently, he starts to fall past buildings showing images of marriage, women, families, and work – the women appear lustful due to their provocative clothing. The surreal images make the audience question Draper’s character and his submission to women. In The Waste Land, the poem attempts to make modern life transparent despite the existence of chaos and fragmentation people face. In an implicit manner, this work delineates the chaotic and fragmented form of society comprising of multiple religions (Alison, 160).
The psychological impacts of a patriarchal society are seen throughout the production. Paulina is not only the victim of a crime, but also the victim of a society that has acted in a misogynistic way toward her. An interesting idea that Dorfman explores is whether this victimisation has served Paulina a significant disadvantage. Gender inequality seems prevalent throughout the play, particularly demonstrated through the relationship between Gerardo and Paulina. When Gerardo returns home in the first act, Paulina questions him regarding the truth commission leading to the revelation Gerardo has accepted a job that deals directly with the assault she faced without asking her beforehand.
This consumerist nature and the need to exceed the social status of those around him lead to a profound violence of which Ellis explains in vivid detail. Throughout Bret Easton Ellis’ American Psycho, we can see an absurd relationship with women and how they are viewed as little more than commodities. The beauty of the women Bateman deems acceptable to date offer a sign-exchange value for himself, their appearance makes them desirable amongst those like Bateman, the relationship essentially appears to be an exchange of social status, yet when Bateman pays for prostitutes, this is reversed, Bateman is exchanging money for sex and in doing so objectifies women and reduces them to commodities. Patricia changes her mind after Bateman professes “Don’t worry, I’ll just go to Dorsia alone then” to which Patricia quickly changes her mind as Dorsia is the most exclusive restaurant, one in which Bateman throughout the novel had failed to get a reservation for, eating at a restaurant fails to attract Patricia and yet eating at a restaurant with such a high sign-exchange value attracts Patricia, opening Bateman to refer to her as a “restaurant whore”. It could be argued
In ‘A Clockwork Orange’, if you were to apply psychoanalytic lens to the text is becomes clear that Burgess has constructed Alex as a malignant narcissist, who he utilizes as a tool to project his concern that society is shaping the human race into becoming like Alex. Burgess in his novel describes a society which is at the beginnings of totalitarianism. Alex is an interesting protagonist as he doesn’t seek to revolutionize his society. By committing horrendous crimes, it enables him to feel emotion in an ordered world. Both Heller and Kiraly argued that “..._A Clockwork Orange_portrays a detached, uncaring society where ultraviolence is the only method of saying, ‘I am alive’”.
The essay will explore societies take on the female paedophile and obsession, subjects that all characters have in common, and whether or not the ambiguous take on these subjects by the authors make the immorality a downplayed force, or a clear communication to the immorality it should convey. It will look at the broken image of a woman and how the motherly figure has now been twisted and tainted until no longer recognisable, and the toll society’s image had at managing the new image provided by the novels. Within each novel, sexual immorality plays an immediate part, and as for ‘Turn of the Screw’ which is within the Victorian Era, a time in which sexuality has little place within the everyday
Anger in the Iliad is described in full inflated complexity; it arises from different social causes, e.g. insulting honor or killing a friend, and its manifestations include facial ,verbal and physical expressions ( Potegal and Novaco14). Twentieth century is the age of modernism, which means " The tradition of the new " (Rosenburg 8 ). to destroy all old traditions and focus on the new and modern only. Modernism has many characteristics as the increased feeling of isolation and the decreased feeling of communication between people(Wilson
In the novels, The Time Machine by H.G. Wells and Dune by Frank Herbert, there are underlying tones of classism, parochial thinking, and ignorance which lead to the common themes of racism and division within societies, which directly draws parallels to modern American behaviors. Authors Wells and Herbert emphasize the negative human conditions through their characters within their society, stressing the notion that the current common human behavior will ultimately lead to a bigger divide amongst races and will further create a dystopian lifestyle where humanity and environment will cease to
For all difference ages and times social norms have been around and for all those ages and times they have been people that were rejected from society or opt to isolate themselves from society. Both Edgar Allan Poe and Ralph Waldo Emerson both portray the negative aspects of society and how it limits the individual through different uses conflict and foreshadowing in their works. The main difference between both authors is the way they interpret corruption of society. Poe and Emerson use conflict to portray society as being horrible and merciless in all their aspects. Both authors use a different type of conflict to interpret the effects of society.
A Question of Power is a novel written by Bessy Head in 1973.The novel explores the idea of the strong patriarchal society exploiting the other submissive groups and people. Head has very clearly shown examples of women being exploited by the hands of men to the extent of being driven to madness. By taking the protagonist Elizabeth example,Bessy Head shows how Sello and Dan, who used to have intercourse with her were the ones who were sexually deviant and they used to take out all the frustrations of their life on her, so her experiences with Sello and Dan left her physically and mentally abused and traumatised. The novel, being written from a women’s point of view very clearly shows the oppression of white males (Americans).Her experiences of being sexually abused left her with a very fickle state of mind and at one point she also points out that she has become a “highly collapsible material”.Also, Elizabeth, the young African girl, becomes a symbol of the country South Africa and how it was being stripped of its power because of racism and slavery. Elizabeth also becomes a symbol of several other black women who were tortured sexually and mentally and were not allowed any sort of creative freedom and expression.