Pg.69). This quote represents the fear that scout shows while trying to hide her femininity. 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.
The Bellmont’s hatred is a constant factor in Frado’s life. Frado wonders why God made her if people do not care for her beyond what she can do for them. She says, “No mother, father, brother or sister to care for me, and then it is, You lazy nigger, lazy nigger- all because I am black!” (Wilson 75). The hatred Frado experiences over her skin color is one factor of Frados existence that gives her a sense of identity and shapes who she is and how she lives in this society.
This should enrage anyone who considers themselves to be female. For example, Devor talks about how women are seen as creatures who always want to avoid confrontation and who are instinctually maternal. Females are just expected to want to have and raise children, appeal to men, and be completely and utterly weak-natured. When they break beyond the boundaries that society has glued them into, they are seen as undesirable and tainted by feministic ideology.
Sophocles, the writer of Antigone, shows discrimination towards woman through sex, abilities, and significance. There are three women presented in this play: Ismene, Antigone, and Eurydice. Antigone is the protagonist, yet the other characters do not play an imperative part which demonstrates that Sophocles doesn't take much thought towards women. The play implies a law being broken and an inappropriate outcome of the action, which causes piqué within Creon, the king, and the other opponents. A standout among the other characters is Antigone, she infringed upon the law of Creon for the burial of Polyneices and this is a major circumstance in the play.
John Updike’s “A&P” demonstrates through several methods the struggle that unwritten principle can place on women in their search for individuality and personal freedom from oppression. Sammy’s thoughts demonstrate this very concept, as well as Queenie’s actions as an independent woman, and the unfair and morally unjust establishment of a woman’s place by the oppressive male characters. With these ideas, Queenie is clearly represented as an innocent feminist who is ultimately shunned by her male oppressors. Sammy, the typical male totalitarian, is very much condescending towards the story’s female characters, automatically assuming ignorance on the part of them.
This quote suggests that the Wife of Bath believes all women are incapable of keeping a secret, which is an untrue and harmful stereotype. Her main opinion on women seems to be that while they wish to appear wise, pure, and good on the outside, it does not mean they are perfect internally and many
Okonkwo starts to scorn Obierika for not coming to kill Ikemefuna. Obierika then said that Okonkwo shouldn’t have gone. What Okonkwo did is the type of deeds that the gods punish. It is against their traditions to kill a kinsmen. Okonkwo shows up for the negotiation of the bride price.
Hester and her daughter Pearl lived with mistrust, the townspeople were disgusted by her, and would never trust her even after her sentence was lifted. Relationships can stand on the grounds of mistrust and isolation, but they may never thrive on it due to the fact of trust and companionship being the key factors in a relationship. This was shown throughout both The Scarlett Letter and Ethan Frome in a variety of ways, including the lack of true companionship in both novels and also the complete lack of trust held by some characters in both
Georgiana’s dependance on Aylmer, the inequality of the relationship and Aylmer’s disregard for her feelings, are the main ingredients of Aylmer and Georgiana’s unhealthy relationship. Georgiana’s dependance on Aylmer contributes to their unhealthy relationship. When Aylmer and Georgiana got married, Georgiana was taken from her mother's house, forcing her to live an isolated life with Aylmer. Georgiana says, “Then why did you take me from my mother’s side? You can not love what shocks you!”
The fact that men carelessly throw women to the side as if it was nothing shows the oppression of women during the time-period. Instead of confronting the tinker about his cruel action, Elisa hides behind her husband’s back to avoid any conflict. The coward-ness of Elisa portrays the lack of equality and as well as showing signs of vulnerability in a woman. Overall, from the barred windows and gates that lock, to the isolation of living in the valley, both men from each story uses at least one type of restraint on the two women, which allows them to spiral out of
Another instance of male brashness is witness in the relationship between Telemachus and Penelope. Once matured, her son speaks harshly toward his mother declaring that “I cannot fault your anger at all this. My heart takes not of everything, feels it too, both the good that the bad—the boy you knew is gone” (XVIII.255-258). The most painful of these words arrives at the end when her son proclaims that the child she raised is not the same anymore. This marks his transition from boyhood to manhood: a transition in which the male perception of female inferiority grows stronger.
He reflects upon this when he mentions his father, “he would pull our ears and smack us, and then we would have to kneel in the corner for a few hours.” (p.134) In many instances one would say that Yunior sees women as an object, only for his uses and desires. However, this is the only way he was taught to look at women. Yet, Yunior’s masculinity is perceived as the need to behave in same matter as his father and brother have towards women.
Thought of as dumb and retarted women were also disrespected and still are. At the time they were discriminated against for many reasons between gender inequality to straight up abuse based off of ignorance. One striking source of abuse was that they were disrespected because of their views against slavery. This among many other things is ignorant and was based off of anger towards the blacks which led to anger towards anyone who was willing to stand up for them. Although women disagreed with slavery, they did not stand up as much as would have been helpful for the time and often sat back and stayed in there places.
In this quote, there is a simile to compare the women to outsiders. It is difficult being a female because you want to be able to have your voice heard but in this tribe, the women’s opinions mean nothing to the men. With the men liking to show authority, it only comes back to show that they are cowards that are beating their wives. This chapter was a foreshadow to chapter 5 as they also had women beat, and abused if they did not cook or clean the house. Chapter 11:
In Shakespeare 's play, King Lear, it is brutally obvious that Lear is strongly disliked, or even hated by his two older daughters, Goneril and Regan. In the novel A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley, Ginny’s and Rose’s hatred for their father doesn’t appear to be too over the top until the reasons they hate him so much are finally revealed. Both sets of sisters eventually end up retaliating against their fathers after they are given his land. Some may say that the daughters actions against their fathers was cruel, atrocious, and wrong; however, an argument could be made that their actions were justified by how their father had previously treated them. Perhaps Lear and Larry deserved to be treated as they were.