In the middle 20th century, women and men were very different from today. The men were expected to do things that the women could not do. In Alice Munro’s story ̎ Boys and Girls ̎, the author shows the gender roles and expectations of the male and female characters. Munro shows the difference of the gender’s expected work. Also, she describes the communication between the narrator and the parents.
Back in the 1950s, women would be a stay at home mom and take care of the house and kids. However, Beneatha does not want to fit this stereotype. She tells Ruth and Lena that "[she is] not even worried about who [she is] going to marry yet. If—[she] ever gets married" (Hansberry 75). Beneatha gets shamed for not wanting to marry before her schooling.
Harper Lee depicts how racism will never cease to exist through the use of minor characters as shown by how family beliefs do not coincide on ethical dilemmas, young children are obliged to follow society’s mentality, and having it present amongst all races Racism will never end due to contradictions amongst family members on ethical dilemmas, despite having similar upbringings represented in the novel through the Finch family. With such contempt, Aunt Alexandra mentioned that “[they] don’t need [Calpurnia] ...” now that she moved in, after finding that the kids need a positive and feminine influence in their lives, notably Scout. However, Atticus stresses that “Cal’s lights are pretty good” in polite disapproval. Although the two siblings have spent considerable time together growing up, it is evident that their attitudes contradict on moralities when dealing with social justice issues like racism. Aunt Alexandra can be identified as a narrow-minded and obstinate person who is blinded by her own beliefs to see the wrong and bias in her mentality, along with many others today.
Additionally, Beneatha refuses to “just get married and be quiet” (Hansberry 22), as her chauvinistic brother, Walter Lee, expects her to be. This is depicted by the Beneatha’s sarcastic retort to Walter: “Forgive me for ever wanting anything at all!” (Hansberry 21), when they quarrel about Beneatha’s high ambitions and unruly independence she gained through education. This illustrates her
Jane characteristically hesitates to condemn Darcy, “Do but consider in what a disgraceful light it places Mr. Darcy, to be treating his father’s favorite in such a manner. It is impossible. No man of common humanity, no man who had any value for his character, could be capable of it” (86). Austen suggests that Elizabeth's pride had prevented her from taking such advice from Jane. She also indicates that she must be less hastily judgmental like Jane before achieving her own personal happiness.
In this conversation, the Nurse is trying to convince Juliet to marry Paris. The Nurse claims that she should get married because “women grow by men” (1.4.101). What she means by this is that women get impregnated by men which means that the only purpose for women (at the time) was to hold the child and raise them, and the fact that the Nurse is agreeing to it shows that she fits into the gender role. This quote also can mean that women grow mentally and become better people when married to men, which also plays into the gender roles because it implies that women need men to become better
Yet Antigone was still shocked with what Ismene answered with. “ I should not want you, even if you asked to come. You have made your choice; you can be what you want to be” (Ml. Language of literature…). When Ismene refused to help Antigone, Antigone was furious with Ismene’s betrayal and basically called her a traitor that she wanted nothing to do with, even though she most likely knew that Ismene was going to choose the state over her and their brother.
However, the female sensibility: which encompasses how one should dress, manners, etiquette, and reform have been used to suppress the position of women in society. Women are expected to sit quietly and look pretty and as a result they became what people expected of them. In A Vindication for the Rights of WomenVindication Wollstonecraft writes, “In their current state women are weak and artificial: taught from infancy that beauty is a woman scepter the mind shapes itself to the body” (Wollstonecraft 44). These expectations create a reality for women. For example, finishing school is the epitome of women’s sensibility.
What is more, Emilia in the play says 'But I do think it is their husbands' faults/ If wives do fall…”. in other words, Emilia is stating that if a woman is sexually adulterous it is due to her husband attitude towards her. Moreover, she is giving voice to the new women when she tells Desdemona that “Let husbands know/ Their wives have sense like them. They see, and/ smell, (…)” (4.3), in her speech Emilia portrays women as equals to men. Unfortunately, this transformation leads Emilia to her death.
“How to bend over the headman’s hand and pretend to kiss it, how to beat his wife and make her bite the dust each night.” (Saadawi 10) This sentence demonstrates a clear distinction between the gender roles, indicating to the readers that Egyptian society is male dominated. Nawal Al Saadawi makes use of the recurring motif of ‘captivity’ to further develop the theme of authority in the novel. Firdaus’ captivity signifies life under the dominance of men. Within the text, being a women means lacking choices. The main reason as to