In the 1980’s, a man playing housewife was ludicrous, and a woman being the sole provider for the family was considered outlandish. In Bobbie Ann Mason’s “Shiloh”, conflict arises when expectations based on gender are not satisfied by the characters. In the beginning, Leroy held the typical masculine role while Norma Jean held the feminine role. Now that the roles have switched, Mason reveals this to the readers by exhibiting Norma Jean to be the man, by pursuing higher education classes, and by her life revolving around working out. One of the key roles that Mason shows the change of gender roles is that Norma Jean is always working out.
In the text ‘’Civil Rights: Activist Harriet Tubman’’ it states that three of her sisters were sold away. This shows another emotional struggle Harriet and many other slaves had to through in the hardships of slavery. Secondly in the poem ‘’The Negro Mother’’ it tells that her husband was sold away. This is another example of the hardships of not only the the children slaves, but even when they were adults. This is not only an issue for the wives but also the children if their fathers being sold if they met their fathers.
After reading the novel The Secret Life of Bees, it would be easy to think that the main theme is discrimination or family, but in reality it is actually focused on the toll that mental illness takes on a family. The protagonist of this novel, Lily Owens, has always had a troublesome life. Both her parents, Terrence Owens, also known as T. Ray, and Deborah Fontanel are ridden with illness, sadly caused from each other. Lily also meets a new family in this novel after running away from her cruel father who abuses her. This family is also dealing with mental illness.
Why did Delia stay in an abusive relationship with Sykes? Sweat is a fictional story that describes the abusive marriage between Delia and Sykes. In this short story, Delia is an African American woman who is married to an abusive African American man who is incapable of appreciating the hard work of his wife. Instead he chooses to be critical of his wife’s job and uses her fear of snakes to plot her murder when all of their conflict hits a boiling point. Although Delia never leaves Sykes, the marriage between them is never successful because of the mental and physical abuse that Sykes imposes on Delia.
Flannery O’Connor’s “A Good Man is Hard to Find” tells of a family who takes a vacation down to Florida and encounters a wanted serial killer nicknamed The Misfit. While the story appears to revolve around The Misfit himself, it actually is about the true misfit of the story, the grandmother. The grandmother is the true misfit due to her inability to cooperate with her family, her inability to let go of racist tendencies, and her inability to live in the present. Right from the get-go, the grandmother is straining the relationship she has with her family by being uncooperative. The grandmother spends her time talking at, not to, family members who “didn’t seem to hear her” (O’Connor).
Nella Larsen’s novel Quicksand shows the struggle of an African-American woman by the name of Helga Crane. It is hard for Helga to truly find what she is looking for and what she desires. Helga fears her desires because they seem to confirm the stereotypes about blacks. Helga is the daughter of a black father who abandoned his family and daughter of a danish mother. The dark-skinned Helga grows up ostracized by both whites and blacks, surviving a lonely childhood only to spend her adult life continuing to seek acceptance wherever she goes.
She becomes more uneasy and controlling as she feels more indifferent and angry. Beth shows that she has an obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) because she shows mental and interpersonal control, she’s preoccupied with orderliness, and always trying to perfect everything. For example, Beth was trying to control what Calvin wore to Bucks funeral and to be honest, it really didn’t matter what Calvin wore to their son’s funeral. By Beth getting mad at what Calvin wore, it really confused him as to why it mattered if what he wore would affect grieving over Buck. Beth tries to controls everyone so she can live this “perfect” life.
First of all, female need to undertake many duties, not only the work, but also cooking, taking care with children and so on. I believe many of your guys sitting here are females. Don’t you feel you are treated unequal by others? Many people think that those things are women’s duty, but not men’s. Even some people said that men have the work stress and they just need to make money for their family.
For example when a young boy (“Teapot”) comes to her house and falls down the steps, the mother of the child blamed Sula for the boy’s injuries and then starting taking care of the child for the first time. Here once again we are shown how Sula is made into the scapegoat. Later after Sula’s death the women no longer cherish and want to take care of their children so they abandon them once again. (Morrison, page. 113-115, 117) In the case of Sula, this ironically replicates the sexual shaming of African American women in slavery.
Not only does she fall into the typical black mother punishment style, but she falls into the welfare receiving black mom category. Because Rochelle and her family live in “the projects”, and don’t make enough money to support themselves, they receive government assistance that helps them buy groceries. Rochelle portrays a black women trying to overcome all of those even though she still has stereotypical “black qualities” and has shown that she has the power by being independent and going out and getting a job and bringing money home. Black women continue to face stereotypes regarding issues of race, gender, class, power, and ideology because of all the “imagery [that] mock and dehumanize black men women and children. Historically such media images functioned as visual propaganda, working to convince whites black people were not quite human” (404).
Jody controlled major aspects of Janie’s life, such as her appearance, when he forces her to keep her hair up. Janie does not like that Jody feels the need to control her: “This business of the head-rag irked her endlessly. But Jody was set on it...that was because Joe never told Janie how jealous he was” (Hurston 55). Janie goes along with Jody’s requests for a while before she realizes what he is doing to her. Jody needed to have complete dominance of everything in Janie’s life to be content with their relationship, and when Janie had different opinions than his, this caused problems in their relationship.