He’ll be wasting his time and mine too…..” (Pg.10) Mama Elena refuses Tita’s pleads, and it is clearly evident that Mama Elena does not fit into the stereotypical role. In fact, after Pedro arrives at the ranch, he asks Mama Elena for Tita’s hand in marriage. Generally, the suitor would ask the father or the male figure, however, the absence of Tita’s father allows Mama Elena to make decisions. The author depicts the masculine traits within Mama Elena as a way to show that not all women fit into the typical stereotypical role. Although the author portrays Mama Elena as a domineering, and fierce woman, there are several underlying reasons for this.
At this moment the reader is unaware of why but later discovers the social prejudices that plague the ranch. The fact that “she’s got the eye” not only dehumanises her but labels her as unfaithful and evidently untrustworthy in the eyes of the ranch hands. The use of this very short and direct sentence causes many to develop negative connotations of her as this is Candy’s opinion stated as a fact, misleading the reader into prejudging her as a predator rather than prey. Immediately, the reader is bombarded with bad impressions of Curley’s wicked and despised wife even though no one truly knows her. This is evident in the fact Curley “got married a couple of weeks ago.” The fact Curley’s wife has been introduced by Candy, immediately and subtly introduces Steinbeck’s intentions for this novel: exposing the social intolerance of humans.
In the Ibo hierarchal society, women are the subject of unequal treatment and patronization. They are considered weak and are not given any power. As the novel, Things Fall Apart unravels, the author, Chinua Achebe reveals the distinct attributes of femininity. Feminine traits are also viewed with disdain in Umuofian society, especially by the protagonist of the novel, Okonkwo. His past experiences shape his disposition and give rise to his stereotypical mentality; however, several events contradict the prevalent perspective of women, leading to Okonkwo facing conflicts within himself.
This is primarily portrayed through the rough life of women and the consequences for men in the life of females. Mariam demonstrated courage by walking to Herat, marrying Rasheed, getting pregnant, and going to jail for her friend. She depicts courage by walking to Herat, lacking the knowledge of what to expect or to find: “She walked until her legs were stiff. This time, she did not go back to kolba. She rolled up the legs of her trousers to the knees, crossed the stream, and, for the first time in her life, headed down the hill for Heart” (Hosseini 30).
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And then you and me had that argument.” his mother made it seem like she abandoned the family and was careless towards her son. In conclusion Christopher’s mother left her family, cheated, wasn’t there for Chris, and seemed disinterested in him and his
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