"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view--... until you climb into his skin and walk around in it” (Lee, 56) We are all guilty of judging others too quickly based on our own assumptions whether it is true or not. People are often judged unfairly because of their skin colour, how much money they make, what gender they are, and other things. Our judgements of others are solely based on stereotypes. In the novel Atonement by Ian McEwan, Briony Tallis is the protagonist who falsely makes the accusation that Robbie Turner is the rapist of Lola Quincey. Her accusations were based on her understanding of the male gender and others were able to believe her based because of the stereotypes of men and lower-class. …show more content…
There are many negative beliefs towards the male gender because of the stereotypes society believes in. When people hear about a news of a rape incident between both genders, they automatically assume the female is the victim and the male is the offender. They make this assumption based on real statistics - since 99% of sex offenders are male and over 80% of the victims are female (sapac.umich.edu). For this reason, parents with daughters feel skeptical when their daughters is around a male since they believe she might be forced into sexual conducts. Society believe when males have a high tendency to feel sexual pleasure, they can not control themselves and will force another individual into sexual conducts in order to satisfy their urge. This common belief was believed by many in the novel Atonement. For instance, when Briony made the accusation with zero evidence that Robbie had raped a young teenager named Lola, inspectors concluded that he did indeed rape Lola based on this belief. Surprisingly, she had no actual evidence to prove it in her testimony. The family and inspectors were able to believe …show more content…
There is a higher poverty percentage rate among black people than any other race, which is why they are more likely to be accused of a crime (kff.org). They believe that those who are poor are more likely to commit crimes because of the fact poverty hurts our ability to make decisions on school, finances and life (Thompson, 2013). There were other men outside searching for the twins, but it never occurred to them that one of the men could have been the culprit except for Robbie, as he was the only one accused. While Robbie was in prison, Cecilia wrote to him that “I’m beginning to understand the snobbery that lay behind their stupidity” (McEwan, 117) She believed that her parents were to believed he raped Lola because of his social status. Since Robbie is part of the lower-class, it makes sense for inspectors to think that he would commit a crime because of the belief that lower-class make bad decisions. In contrast, Paul Marshall was one of the men who went searching for the twins, but he had not crossed anybody’s mind that he could have been the culprit. Paul Marshall is a wealthy businessman who was well-respected by the Tallis family. If he was accused of rape, no one would believe it because of the belief that those who are in the upper-class are successful because they make
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This stereotype not only gets offenders into trouble but also those like Tre and Ricky who don’t commit violent crimes. For example, Ricky and Tre drive away from the party on the street, and two corrupt black and white policemen pull them over. The black policeman, Officer Coffey, has both Ricky and Tre step outside of the car, and proceeds to interrogate Tre. Tre quickly pleads, “I didn’t do nothin’!” Officer Coffey retorts, “You think you tough?”
According to commondreams.org, “While white women are more often treated as victims in domestic abuse cases and referred to services for help, women of color end up incarcerated as criminals and now make up the majority of the women in prison.”. This is depicted in both cases, where Alexander had been given more punishments than Gray and Mayella was treated as the victim in her case while she was not. Marissa Alexander was seen as a criminal rather than a victim who was trying to protect herself from getting hurt again. In Lee’s novel, “She must put Tom Robinson away from her.” (272).
She was suspected to lechery or must have done something that was very wrong, but it was not ascertain to the community what she had done. All they knew was that Elizabeth Proctor had to arbitrate to thrown her out of her house and no one knew why. This made the people of the community notice that she had done something wrong and then no one would hire her back as a
After their trials, the girls accused more townsfolk. They might have faked their crazed reactions, being tortured when the accused made certain gestures. They might have done this since as young girls, they are at the bottom of the social food chain. They cannot speak publicly or give any opinions. Now, their every word was taken as fact, any accusations they made became true.
One of the most compelling stories that stood out to me was in chapter 14 when Joe, a young thirteen year old boy was convinced to participate in a burglary with two older boys and was solely blamed for the sexual assault of a white woman, a crime he did not commit. It is explained that “The only physical evidence to implicate Joe was a latent partial palm-print that the state’s examiner testified matched him. This was consistent with Joe’s admitted presence in the bedroom prior to the rape.
In an attempt to influence the jury, the prosecution and defense of the Lizzie Borden trial utilized female stereotypes in intricate ways. Understandably, the defense applied the public labels for women to convince the jury that Lizzie Borden could not possibly commit murder, let alone kill her own father and stepmother. The defense’s main goal became proving that Lizzie Borden’s actions and attitudes fit the stereotypical description of a Victorian Era woman. Throughout the trial, the defense provided seemingly indirect remarks regarding Lizzie Borden’s feminine nature to intentionally develop the idea of her innocence in the minds of jury members (Carlson). The defense often referred to Lizzie as “’a little girl’”
The power dynamic that formed between the girls and the rest of the town is what allowed misinformation to spread so easily among the community. The girls accused innocent people for personal gain, whether it be a sour relationship such as the case with John Proctor and Abagail, or for personal reassurance such as Mrs. Putnam’s accusation of Rebecca Nurse for the death of her children. Fear between the accuser and the accused is what allowed for misinformation to spread so rapidly in the town of
Inhumane actions are cruel and unnecessary. During the period of the Salem Witch Trials, the accusations had no physical proof other than the words of young girls such as Betty Paris and Abigail Williams. Rumors spread around the village that the accusations made by the girls were starting to become false considering they were accusing outstanding members of the community and Puritan Church. Rumors were also going around the village whenever the girls accused a women named Elizabeth Procter. Elizabeth Procter was married to John Procter who supposedly had an affair with Abigail Williams.
Throughout society and literature, there are various gender roles that once established, they became a norm which led to many characters and views to blindly follow such roles. Despite that, there are people and authors alike who try to break down gender roles and try get others to rid themselves of traditional gender roles. One such author is Noelle Stevenson, the creator of the graphic novel Nimona, which follows the story of a supposed young girl who can shape shift while being the sidekick of the notorious villain Ballister Blackheart. Stevenson, though breaking away from the majority of gender norms, still purposely includes some inside of Nimona herself, such as the ‘damsel in distress’ trope. This is due to Stevenson attempting to show her readers that
In conclusion people throughout history people certain people have been accused of things for no reason, other than that they are different. It all depends on what people do about it when that does happen. People stood up for themselves even if they were being chased down, if they were accused of “infecting” others, and if it was a crime. This just proves that we as people can take a
Abigail Williams false accusations have spread like the plague among the girls. They have ruined the lives of many other villagers for their own personal
The Deep Roots of Sexism: Preconceived Sin and Weakness In the Christian bible, when the first woman commits the first sin she creates an enduring image of her gender; she is drawn away from god and purity, to evil and sin. The book The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne and the play The Crucible by Arthur Miller both deal with not only sin in Puritan times, but the ignominy stemming from women’s wrongdoings. The Scarlet Letter follows Hester Prynne, a woman who, after committing adultery is forced to wear a scarlet A to punish her for her sins. The Crucible is about the Witch Trials in Salem, which are brought on by the beautiful, manipulative and jealous Abigail.
In the popular play Macbeth, Shakespeare compares the gender stereotypes portrayed to those different pre-existing ideas from other generations such as the 1900’s, the 50’s, and even today 's society. Macbeth has plenty of examples of the exaggeration of gender roles that clearly differentiate male and female by construing their proper roles as polar opposite or complementary. Examples proving that there are gender stereotypes in Macbeth pertain to characters such as Lady Macbeth, The Witches, and Macbeth himself. In Macbeth, the many different stereotypes of gender roles from throughout the century to today’s society have been displayed in many aspects of the play. With examples of the exaggeration of gender constructs pertaining to the male
She guessed rising crime rates for women resulted in the success of the women’s liberation movement. Merton has a couple of different theories, one of the famous ones is the Anormie Theory. Merton changed the concept of the original theory to refer to a situation in which there is an apparent lack of fit between the culture 's norms about what constitutes success in life and the culture 's norms about the appropriate ways to achieve those goals. Adler´s theory and Merton´s theory are different because for one Adler´s theory focuses more on women and their thirst for crime more than Merton´s does. Adler´s theory has similar thoughts that I would have towards the women doing crime topic.