Sociologically speaking, gender is a social construct that we are so accustomed to that we rarely speak up about the injustices women face. Throughout the drama, gender plays a key role in the development of the story. Lorraine Hansberry purposefully incorporated empowered men and women both fighting to be heard and understood, while maintaining their masculinity or femininity. This was done to create the dynamic that gender does make a significant impact on lives and how we choose to live. Hansberry explores the issues relevant in the early 60’s such as abortion, the importance of marriage and the altering of gender roles.
Despite inequity, there is a myriad of comparable traits that are shared by humans which portrays our personality. It is in one's power to decide whether or not to conform to society. Indeed both texts include many similarities and differences such as the stereotypical roles set on each gender, their search for individuality and their desired privileges. While approaching adulthood, many people encounter obstacles which lead their understanding to a fact that gender stereotypes do not only occur for women but, for men as well. The narrator in Boys and Girls discovers the societies’ views and expectations of her.
Beowulf and “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” are both narratives in which gender acts as an important theme within their individual communities; both have underlying meanings when it comes to defining what the role men and women in a good community should be. Or in other words, both stories paint a vivid picture of the role of women during the medieval time period, by suggesting that one gender had more power over another. However, these two narratives take alternative paths when expressing their views; Beowulf conveys its message through what is missing, while “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” incorporates satire and uses explicit narrative when telling the experience of a woman that is highly different from other women in her time. Furthermore, another difference that is appealing to the reader’s eyes, besides the way the two narratives reflect to women’s role in medieval times, is that men become the hero in Beowulf, while “the wife”, so a woman, becomes the authority figure in the story of “The Wife of Bath’s Tale.” I want to first introduce the two main differences between the two narratives and then I will explain how regardless of the differences, both of these narratives’ main goal is to show that women had less power and a good community back that time was male dominated. First of all, despite the fact that men are highly emphasized in Beowulf, women are highly absent in the story.
“People share a common nature but are trained in gender roles”- Lillie Blake. In A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry not only are social and economic issues of African Americans displayed, but also the changing gender roles of the mid-twentieth century. The characters through their ethics and values show a clear split in their way of thinking. A gap in age and values from Mama to Beneatha shows that the play showcases the change in gender relations and establishes the character’s identities. Gender plays a crucial part in establishing and defining the characters, setting the time period and way of life, and showcasing the struggle between culture and modernity.
Inequality is defined as “an unfair situation in which some people have more rights or better opportunities than other people.”(Definition of Inequality, 2016) Inequality comes in many forms, which include gender, race, status, religion, wealth and etc. This paper aims to analyze both the ideas of Virginia Woolf and Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and utilize them to understand the origins of inequality through what both authors view as social dependency. Through analyzing both of these authors’ perceptions on inequality, Rousseau seems to provide a more concrete idea of the origins of inequality. First, a brief summary of the writers’ ideas will be provided. In specific, the paper will assess the strengths and weaknesses of each in terms of how they can help us understand inequality in contemporary Egypt and how to combat it.
However, as Professor Thompson states in her PowerPoint gender can be influenced by cultural idea’s that separate people based on sex, which in turn sets up gender roles that are expected to be followed based on the sex of a person. Butler (1998) depicts that the idea of gender is an illusion of our beliefs and states that “the body is a historical idea”. With this he is stating that something, in this case gender, only means something when we put meaning behind it. Therefore, if gender ideals didn’t exist, people would have reacted completely differently towards Ludovic Fabre’s mannerisms and choice in lifestyle. Professor Thompson defines sex as the biological differences between males and females.
The positions of men and women pass through several studies in fields like religion, philosophy, anthropology, sociology and psychology. These studies get to various interpretations which conclude that there are natural differences between men and women. These differences lead to normal inequalities and sexual divisions of labor between both genders. These studies refer to patriarchy as a historical and temporal phenomenon.
Ibsen channeled much of himself and his thoughts about gender problems through the characters in Hedda Gabler. The play asks questions of the power dynamic between women and men, the proper role of women in marriage, and of the concept of morals. Hedda Gabler is the
Beowulf and “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” are two narratives in which gender acts as an important theme within the individual communities that comprise their settings and characters, yet they use different tools to define the roles of men and women within a community. In other words, both stories paint a vivid picture of the role of women by suggesting that one gender ideally has more power over the other. However, the narratives vary in their expression of this view; Beowulf conveys its message through what is missing, while “The Wife of Bath’s Tale” incorporates satire and uses explicit narrative to relay a woman’s experience highly different from that of her contemporaries. Another easily discernable difference between the two narratives is
The one-act play, “Trifles,” by Susan Glaspell, has several themes that are incorporated within it. There are several dominant ideas such as female identity, patriarchal dominance, isolation, and justice are themes that are all reflected in different ways throughout the play; however, gender is the main theme of “Trifles.” There is a considerable difference between the roles of the men and the women in this play. The men are expected to act in a more controlling, dominant way, while the women are expected to act in the typical ‘housekeeper’ fashion. The theme of gender is brought out through the play in many dramatic elements such as character, tone, and dramatic irony. In “Trifles,” the gender roles are depicted clearly through the characters.