People belittle others so they don’t have to deal with themselves. Nevertheless, perception doesn’t only affect the way people deal with others, but how they act themselves, “Why-! The girl [Abigail] is murder! She must be ripped out of the world!” (Miller 72). Elizabeth’s loathing for the person she perceives Abigail to be has lead her to say things that she never would have before.
The first journal article provides explanations about how the bullying is presented in Margaret Atwood’s Cat’s Eye and how it affects the main character’s to the point she hurt herself to escape from the emotional pain she had to bear. The article shows that the physical and emotional bullying directed towards Elaine comes from the fact that she was different form her other friends, who mostly came from strongly dominant patriarchal families. She dressed and acted differently for her father gave her freedom to do and wear what she wanted. Thus, her supposed-to-be best friends forced her to change because they thought Elaine’s behaviour and appearance were not lady-like. The article explained how this act of phsychological bullying affected
Offred describes a dissociation between the role she plays in Gilead to the independent working woman she was before. By forbidding the person she was before the government plan Gilead began supposedly to end violence and the male gaze towards women, the real reason is because of infertility caused by environmental concerns. The fanatical believers find a way to justify oppression. Aunt Lydia said, “[i]n the days of anarchy, it was freedom to. Now you are being given freedom from.” (pg 24).
[...] It would take a publicly advertised gang rape or her head on a pole to wipe the slate.” The consequences of her rebellious action - that is kicking Blanco’s head “without even thinking” - is rather similar to those in The Handmaid’s Tale. Women are not allowed, let alone having the freedom, to have what the desire and to be siding the opposition against the figurehead of the authority - men. Hence, in order for men to sustain their power and authority over the women, fear is injected into the society as a medium for conformity. In other words, fear among women is essential so that they would comply to whatever norms and beliefs the society uphold. In the cases of both texts, fear is used to exacerbate the oppression of females and ultimately, the commodification of
Being born from a loving union, Sethe is the only child Ma’am decided to name and allowed to live. The woman let her other children die, because they were the consequences of rapes she could not escape. Her refusal to care for children she had from men she did not choose constitutes a strong reaction and opposition to black women’s reduction to objects of sexual abuse. Ma’am shows Sethe that mothering has to be a free choice, and violence is an acceptable response to impositions on one’s will. The connection between mothering and violence is reinforced by Ma’am 's physical attack against Sethe.
Wives no longer hold the affection of their husbands as they each have specifically assigned roles in which there is no place for intimacy. In reaching out to Offred to satiate this desire, the Commander reaches out to Offred to meet and develop a relationship outside of their societal duties. Offred sees the Commander’s desire for her as a weakness of his (Atwood 136). For the remainder of the tale, Offred pursues power through other means. She realizes that, while out of her control, the kitchen staff, Cora and Rita, depend on her to get pregnant.
Stereotype or a specific profession clearly, all people are affected by ongoing issue of gender inequality. This is why the reseachers of this argumentative paper strongly assert to put an end to gender roles because they greatly affect the career and life of a person. Putting women in a box wherein society tells them that they have limited capabilities will forever tell a little girl that she cannot be an engineer because of the sole fact that she is a woman. Little boys who have dreams of becoming nurses will always feel ashamed of revealing their dream jobs because of the fear of being ridiculed for in this society,being a nurse is considered “not
The inequality of genders is further developed when it is determined that many of Esther's problems stem from her conflicting views of “[hating] the idea of serving men in any way” (Plath 14). Esther’s discomfort of serving men and having to remain subordinate to them demonstrates her inability to conform to what is traditionally expected of her. However as a female in a male controlled society there is not much she can do or say without receiving discrimination from the dominate sex. As well, the concept of female sexuality and its relativity to virginity also furthers the presence of gender inequality. The expression of love or passion is obsolete
Imagine a nation in which its government commands by a religion where women are separated into different titles and must conceive children for their commander. Their rights from before this regime, and anything deemed unholy by the government, are a thing of the past. This situation is the one represent in the Republic of Gilead, where the rules of society and its traditions are not taken lightly if broken. In the novel The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood shows that an oppressive government leads to the inevitable neglect and remiss of the rules through Offred’s characterization, irony, and flashbacks. Offred 's character development can show that her actions change .
She is also empowering herself, which is also a form of resistance against the government as they do not want women to have power. In addition, Fred shows resistance by idealizing her friend Moira for escaping the Red Center. This is shown when Fred says that “Moira marched straight out the front door, with the bearing of a person who knew where she was going…and disappeared” (“Atwood 132”). This shows resistance because not only does Moira threaten an Aunt and steal her pass and clothes, but she walks out the front door in front of the guardians and leaves. This shows that Moira is her own boss and will do anything to get out and defy the government.