It shows that scout believes that women have a minuscule amount of power, and that she needs to act like a boy for her to even be recognized by Jem as a member of the group. Gender equality is not fully intact, as shown explicitly throughout the novel. Scout is not the only woman who feels the impact of sexism in the novel. Especially in that time, women were not treated as equals in many circumstances. Women are also set a standard to be ladies, doing things such as wearing dresses and not playing outside like males are allowed to.
Jem would often tease Scout for being a girl. One example is when he said, “Scout, I’m tellin’ you for the last time, shut your trap or go home- I declare to the Lord, you’re gettin’ more like a girl everyday!” (Lee 119) Another type of prejudice was lifestyle. Arthur “Boo” Radley, one of the novel’s mockingbirds was often judged for his way of life. He was brought up as a Foot Washing Baptist. This meant that all things people found pleasure in were seen as a sin.
At Lowood, Jane observes varied uses of religion. Two polar opposite scenarios are between Mr. Brocklehurst and Helen Burns. When Mr. Brocklehurst justifies students’ malnutrition by calling it “fortitude under temporary privation” (Bronte 62), his sanctimony becomes apparent, as shortly after his speech, his daughters arrive in “velvet, silk, and furs.” (Bronte 63) In contrast, Helen Burns incorporates the benevolent aspect of Christianity. Upon Jane asking Helen how Helen could endure the harsh treatment, Helen explains that she follows the word of the Lord, which says to “love your enemies” (Bronte 56) and to “bless them that curse you [the recipients]” (Bronte 56). These different interpretations suggest to Jane that people uses religion for their likening.
It brought women to the fore and gave them a role to play” (67), this quote is proving that a Creon is limiting one of the few things women were allowed to at the time of their society, which was for Antigone to bury Polynices. This is the reasoning for Antigone not denying that she buried Polynices; she was taking the consequences for what she believed was right and knew it would make her brother and the gods proud (459-540). Therefore, he has taken away and limited her rights. Thus, making this is the main reason for the family rivalry between Antigone and
Through out the book, it became clear to me that she was more interested in the women of the book rather than the city. This does make sense considering the name of the novel, but she still made it clear that she was more interested in making the women in the story the focus, even though the story included blacks working in the city as well, which was a big deal back in World War II. She also made the men of the story look like bad guys. Kiernan said, “The project like high school girls, especially those from rural backgrounds. Recruiters sought them out relentlessly, feeling young women were easy to instruct”(69).
It’s no surprise, that Shakespeare’s Macbeth was clearly constructed as a rebellion against femininity roles of the time. During the Elizabethan era, women were raised to believe they were inferior to men since men obtained desired masculine qualities such as strength, and loyalty, whereas women were viewed as figures of hospitality (1; 6; 28-31). Obviously, not being tempted by the luxury of subservient women, William Shakespeare rebuked this twisted belief, applying that women deserve more respect than their kitchen tables. However, if transcending female expectations was used as a weapon than for good, is it still considered an act of femininity? Of course not!
The effort society has made to produce ideal female and male roles has plagued the expectations of individuals. American culture has conditioned men and women to fit certain criteria according to their gender. Particularly, societal norms dictate how one should behave and dress appropriately. Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman recognize the opposing standards between the men and women of the South. Due to the importance of gender roles in Maycomb, Alabama, patriarchal values are prevalent and active in the white community.
Though these are hardships that nobody should have to go through, issues involving discrimination and bigotry helped her to realize her dream and defeat the racism that is presented to her. Mama deals with many forms of gender stereotyping throughout the play, both from society and from her own family. In this time period, women were paid a lot less than men and were still seen as lower-ranking and submissive humans even though they endured difficult tasks during wartime (Gardiner). Women in the 1950s were treated as inferior than men; therefore, men were taught to be the head of the house over a woman. Throughout the book, Walter and Mama fight over the head of the house.
The Renaissance’s attitude towards gender and sexuality was completely different from that of the Middle Ages, which considered women as dangerous sexual creatures. "For the first time in Western history," for example, "men stressed the fact that females should be educated. The Platonic orientation in humanist thought may have spurred them to do so" (Bell, 182). (mohja)Actually, the primary purpose behind the call for women’s education was not to heighten her position in society, or to “overturn her subordinate domestic role”, but to make her a better wife and mother. Indeed, it was only the high rank women who were allowed to be educated*.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, it is vivid that gender roles were part of society in the 1930s. Scout Finch, a little girl, shows that being a girl doesn’t define her personality or actions. Although this book was published in 1960 and was set in the 1930s, the contention of gender roles is still prominent in today’s civilization. All the way through chapter five, it is well known that gender roles are a part of mankind during the Great Depression. Scout narrated, “I was not so sure, but Jem told me I was being a girl, that girls always imagined things, that’s why other people hated them so, and if I started behaving like one I could just go off and find some to play with” (45).
Today the crowd would be stunned with disgust towards the man. In the discussion of marriage, one controversial issue has been abuse. In the 1800’s there was uproar over the novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston. Some women claimed that female abuse was finally being exposed. However, many feminists were outraged that Hurston displayed the problem of abuse so lightly.
“If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down, these women together ought to be able to turn it right together.” In the 1920s, people had a stereotype for women; that they could not do anything that a man could do and that they should look a certain way. This stereotype caused the revolution of the flappers. These flapper were a significant step towards the equality between men and women by seeking for a change, wanted something different than society, and wanted to get rid of the normal housewife. A women should behave a certain way and always look how a proper woman is supposed to look. Women were always told that they should look a certain way and that there is a behavior that is the right way to act.
Throughout the ages women have faced varying degrees of sexism and during the progressive era this was a very prominent issue, women had finally had enough of being treated as second class compared to white males and simply males in general. They weren’t allowed to vote, own property if married, they were extremely restricted in what types of jobs they could get and often encouraged to just stay home, not to mention the large wage gap between white males and white females ensuring that on their own women would be hard pressed to survive. In many of the divorce cases the women were still required to take care of the children even though the male technically had custody. Sexism all though not as prominent today is still a very big issue, ranging
“People tend to overestimate the difference because they notice the extremes” Zlata Krizan. In this quote she talks about how people focus on the really big things that are different, but there are so many little things that are the same. They say that gender stereotypes are not has bad has the once were. Well study shows that gender stereotypes are just as bad today has they were 30 years ago. Men and women should be treated equal in Jobs, at home and sports.