To Kill a Mockingbird Prejudice exists everywhere, but not with everyone. Some people choose to defy it, especially if it seems unreasonable, or immoral. This is found throughout the book To Kill a Mockingbird. In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout learns to defy unreasonable social norms, and unfair ones as well, by the action of adults around her, namely Atticus and Miss Maudie Atkinson. By gardening while wearing men’s overall, Miss Maudie shows Scout that you do not always have to conform to the social norm of women only wearing dresses to be respected.
While enjoying the tinker’s company, Elisa inquired about his life as a traveler. The tinker quickly reinforced the patriarchal judgement that life on the road was no place for a woman. The tinker embodies how society views a woman’s life to be not the life desired. After the encounter with the tinker, Elisa’s sense of femininity and sexuality as a woman is rejuvenated and restores hope for her marriage. Elisa begins getting ready for her date with Henry and gets all dressed up and puts on “the dress which was the symbol of her prettiness” (Steinbeck 6).
They're constant reminders of the fertility that most women lack. It seems the older Wives are seeking to hang onto their attractiveness and fertility by decorating themselves with flowers and tending gardens. Serena Joy seems to enjoy mutilating the flowers ; flowers being the symbol for the Handmaids. This shows her hatred for the Handmaids . What the Handmaid’s never get to experience is freedom as they are supposed to blindly follow the rules set for them.
And the other being the how a delicate thing like the flower can prosper and grow in the dark polluted world that is outside. Adam Miller took this myth and adapted it as a stereotype of a woman’s place in the world. He suggests that women should be pure white flowers that only look after their children and never look out beyond her house. Leda is only looking at her feeding child, not looking out and wondering what is happening outside and how she can change the world in some way. Why did Adam Miller only show three out of the four children?
Females in the Chinese patriarchal society are expected to have arranged marriages. These females should act as a wife and not have ambitions. Females in this society are supposed to be quiet housewives. When Mulan speaks her opinion, Chi Fu gets mad at Mulan’s father for allowing her to grow up and have an opinion, revealing that this society thinks that males are superior to females. In the scene, “I’ll Make a Man Out of You”, Mulan and many others are taught how to act like a man.
Brocklehurst's description of Lowood, the readers know that he is a hypocrite because Mr. Brocklehurst said that the girls at Lowood only deserve plain lodging, clothing, and food, but his wife and daughter are wearing silk dresses, eating good food and sleeping in the best bed. Also, there was a scene where he makes a comment where he says he would call a barber to cut an orphan girl's curl hair off, saying it is unhealthy but his own daughter had curls. This knowledge foreshadows Jane's experience at Lowood because now the reader can infer that Mr.Brocklehurst will continue to treat him and his family in wealth while all the children at Lowood will receive generic treatment. The epiphany that Jane has at the end of the chapter about her relationship with Bessie was when she realizes that Bessie was the only person who actually cared for her. Bessie was always caring and looking out for Jane.
In this time period in which the wind whispers sweet melodies while carrying the tender flower petals and where the people of Japan enjoyed the last moments of the serene past called the Edo Period.Japan was once a matriarchal society and changed due to the inflow of Confucian values therefore the ability of woman holding power eroded. Confucian values honor tradition,hierarchy,male dominance,integrity,righteousness and gender roles.In Confucian values it stresses about male over woman and woman did not exist. Men usually do outside businesses for instance politics,construction and etc. Woman control business inside the house and raising the children. Men and woman can not discuss issues regarding other than there
Women stay home and their roles are to take care of the children and they don’t make any income therefore this leads to them depending on men. Wollstonecraft mentions that women are taught to cultivate beauty and therefore states, “like flowers which are planted in too rich a soil, strength and uselessness are sacrificed to beauty” (95). Thus stating that those women who lived during this century with the ability to only exclude some “are anxious to inspire love, when they ought to cherish a nobler ambition and by their abilities and virtues exact respect” (96). Wollstonecraft’s views aligned with those of other Enlightenment thinkers especially Rousseau because he thought that women weren’t capable of thinking rationally. However Wollstonecraft argues that they are not able to think rationally now because they are more concentrated on beauty.
Evil is all around even in good it is just portrayed differently. Through reading the story”The Possibility of Evil” by Shirley Jackson, it is evident that Miss Strangeworth follows not only a outward social value system, but also an inward social value system. Her belief system may have been a result of a family tradition. She makes it known that she is the only “Strangeworth left in her town” (Jackson 4) and that she has many duties, Furthermore, Miss Strangeworth says that due to her being the only Strangeworth left, it is her duty to do away with the towns evil. Strangeworth tells tourists who stop to view her roses that her grandmother planted them.
As the barn reminds her of her family and how the farmers work it reminds her of who she is and the barrier between her culture and the outside culture between rural society and the urban society. The marginalization between cultures and society is played hugely by Viramontes, she does this to show the difference between Estrella’s culture and the others. By using the raisin girl on the box, “Estrella saw a girl smiling with grapes” (49). Which does not capture her image. It shows how society is hiding the truth from everyone from knowing that children are picking fruit for people who are wealthy or in middle class.