Authority plays a large role in Siddhartha’s journey to finding enlightenment. Siddhartha becomes unhappy and questions the religion he has known his whole life. He begins to dream vividly and lie awake at night overthinking how to confront his feelings. Feeling that there is no more knowledge to be learned from his father, “Siddhartha had begun to feel that the love of his father and mother, and also the love of his friend Govinda, would not always make him happy, give him peace, satisfy and suffice him. He had begun to suspect that his worthy father and his other teachers, the wise Brahmins, had already passed on to him the bulk and best of their wisdom but his soul was not at peace."
This demonstrates that multiple women have experienced mistreatment and disrespect by men. To elaborate, this example reveals that women relate to the situation to the extent of it resulting in a murder. The statement “I know how things can be for a women” proves that women have it difficult by their husbands, due to gender stereotypes. This gender stereotype is also discussed in “Philosophical and Political Issues Surrounding Gender.” The main argument of this source is that women are viewed as lesser than men, even though women have accomplished a lot in society. The effects of this gender discrimination is that women are powerless when it comes to many roles in society.
The article, “Gender Roles and Expectations” by Susana A. Eisenchlas, discusses how stereotypes are so rooted into a person that it affects the way they act. For example, men are supposed to be agentic; they are told to speak for themselves and act in a way that increases their power. On the other hand, women are supposed to communal; they are told to be assisting to the desires and well being of others. These expectations were displayed in the play, “A Streetcar Named Desire”, by Tennessee Williams. Two of the main characters, Stanley and Stella perfectly represent the characteristics mentioned in the article.
Siddhartha has always wanted a teacher figure that will not force him to follow a certain path. Vasudeva fits the criteria of Siddhartha’s teacher, who will let Siddhartha learn based on his own experiences, but will point Siddhartha in the right direction. A desperate and suicidal Siddhartha finds his focus with the great help of Vasudeva. Siddhartha’s path to enlighten was on a crash course, but after being an apprentice to Vasudeva, Siddhartha is finally again on the right
From work life to family life, males and females are expected, and often adhere, to different roles based on their gender. In fact, in the article The Social Construction of Gender by Judith Lorber, she states that in our society “one gender is usually a touchstone, the normal, the dominant, and
Women are judged no matter what they do. This causes them to lose their confidence and not seek their potential career, or they will not be hired due to them being a woman. Men are raised and told to not show emotions. When they get married and have a baby, they may be distant to their child. Thus, the child growing up without a supportive father figure which will then affect the child in return.
This all has to do with the issue of status in social aspects. There is the general perception that the masculine traits occupy a higher position than feminine traits. Looking at the issue of sexual orientation, for woman behaving in a masculine way, it does not raise eyebrows, however if a man were to behave like a woman, this will no doubt be a big deal. The man will most certainly be referred to as a homosexual. In the workplace however it is the women on the receiving end in the event of deviation.
Hence her girlfriends tend to be more like our girly straight counterparts, lesbians who slather on the lip gloss are stereotyped to be intelligent, warm-hearted and unbiased. Sexual inclination does not control how a person thinks and acts. Her female masculinity exploring the subject of queer, in my opinion has successful challenge the hegemony of gender conformity (Halberstam 1998:7). She performance gender in a different way depending on how she feels on that particular day, I mean sometimes she get all moody and start begin bossy to other masculine peers. My classmates once proposes to me that ‘’Masculinity might have little to do with men”.
This is an incisive critique of the domestic space which enforced seclusion on the women of the household. What further dampens her spirits is the fact that she knew this new reality to be now irrevocable. When suddenly everyone talks of having reached ‘home’ her spirits are revived but the solace is like a mirage which leaves her parched “...like a raging forest fire” (194) - it is the house of her in-laws. Rassundari is now in perpetual exile. With the Fifth Composition we are introduced to her life in the new household where she fulfils all the obligations as a housewife.
POTRAYAL OF WOMEN IN THE SELECT SHORT STORIES OF GUY DE MAUPASSANT Author: Ms. R.AnnaLakshmi, Assistant Professor, Karpagam University-Coimbatore. Co-Author: Ms. D. Sarulatha, Assistant Professor, Karpagam College of Engineering-Coimbatore. Abstract The paper focuses on Guy De Maupassant’s women characters. He describes characters from various professions and social classes with sensitivity and humour. Although Maupassant was himself very pessimistic, rather chauvinistic, and also distrustful of organized religions, his characters do not simply mirror his own philosophy.