Gender Roles In Literature

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Gender roles in society are evident at every aspect in the world nowadays. According to Judith Butler, humans are typically divided into two distinct categories: men and women. More popularly called as the binary fashion in feminist view. She states that gender should be seen as a human attribute that shifts and changes rather than remaining fixed. She argues that women have been lumped together in a group with shared characteristics and interests, and this limits their ability to choose their own unique identities. Therefore, literature has evolved into these discourses against women, mainly through gender stereotypes, prejudice, and discrimination. In Latin American society, "female children are most often taught to not cause a commotion, not challenge authority frontally, and to at least appear to be submissive" (Vanden and Prevost 2014, 120). In Chronicle of a Death Foretold men were able to get away with crimes, such as shooting another man for having an affair with his wife, because most would agree it 's necessary. " 'We killed him openly, ' Pedro Vicario said, 'but we 're innocent. ' 'Perhaps before God, ' said Father Amador. 'Before God and before men, ' Pablo Vicario said. 'It was a matter of honor '" (García Márquez, Gabriel. 1981. Chronicle Of a Death Foretold. …show more content…

That there may be instances that literature as these could be regarded as classics and will forever be in the minds of the people. Then again, Butler views gender as what we 'do ' in a given situation rather than 'who we are ' as people. What other people perceive of women does not define them as a whole, rather as performativity, as Butler calls it. These performances that people all put on every day. She states that there should be more choice and variability in how a person presents him or

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