Manning loved losing to his father to show how his father was strong and how he wanted to follow his father’s footsteps. As Manning grew older, he had another match with his father just for fun. In the end, Manning had won and it brought him to the realization of the symbolism behind the arm wrestling. It reminded him how his father was his protector and how his hard work had kept him safe. He did not realize playing sports and wrestling had been the way his father showed love.
Indeed, Biff’s future is of extreme importance to Willy, and he does everything in his power to ensure Biff will thrive. For instance, Willy overlooks Biff’s tendency of thievery. After being informed of a particular incident, Willy praises Biff while laughing: “Coach’ll probably congratulate you on your initiative…if somebody else took the ball there’d be an uproar” (p. 18). Biff, with the charisma and popularity that comes in the package of being a football star, controls his father’s decisions. Willy is so determined to have the perfect family worthy of the American Dream that he will condone such behaviour, to the extent of laughing instead of disciplining.
Stereotypes are characteristics shaped by society and every culture has its own gender roles. They all have expectations for the ways women and men act and Tolkien was surrounded with the expectation that women had to be the ones with domestic behavior and nurturing occupations. Men, on the other hand, were expected to be the kick ass hero of a damsel in distressed, characterized by their self confidence and bravery. It was just the social standard at the time and we cannot compare to ours. It is true that Lord of the Rings gives the active roles almost exclusively to males, but females had very important duties.
Okonkwo’s journey to gain power over his tribe meets challenges with his fearful side and a tragic end which together convey the image of a power hungry individual living in a prideful community. Okonkwo’s journey towards a prosperous life springs from his desire to be unlike his father. During his childhood, Okonkwo suffered every time he saw people begging for his father to return their money back. Because of that, Okonkwo makes a promise to become a hardworking and trustworthy man. To fulfill his dream, he starts by achieving greatness through wrestling.
Although he was nervous in the beginning, he found the courage and faced both of them. When Daniel’s friend Joel is taken by the Roman solders, Daniel quickly assembles a group of men and rushes into battle, willing to do anything for his dear friend. He is indeed a very brave boy considering his age, many boys in today’s society would never
We as readers know of his crimes and watch his discovery unfold. We see Oedipus for who he really is, before he even realizes what kind of a person he is underneath the noble man that everyone sees him as. We see him as a “king who does not know he is king, a son, father, husband, and brother, who is not merely son, father, husband and brother:
Neither knows the true length of the war, but as the novel continues, Frazier alludes to the necessity of a relationship. Even though men are taught to hide their emotions and express masculinity through sources such as violence, Inman would portray both sides of the male spectrum. With encounters of enemy forces, such as Junior, testosterone and revenge overwhelmingly caused Inman to fight back. Frazier includes, “Inman stepped to Junior and struck him across the ear with the barrel of the LeMat's and then clubbed at him with the butt until he lay flat on his back” (234). Violence has been engraved into Inman from the time he set foot on a battlefield.
The western movie star John Wayne is a perfect example of what people imagine and expect cowboys to be, because of his manly mannerisms and rugged features when acting. In the past, as cowboys, these men were seen as resilient and patient men who had good work ethic. Nowadays because of all these old-fashioned wild west hollywood movies, cowboys are labeled as being courageous and tough because of how it portrays acts in the movies instead of being recognized as courageous and tough for making spontaneous acts for the safety of animals and other people. In a personal interview with Jerry Cook, a well-driller and part time cowboy, he clarifies that the stereotypes of cowboys have some truth, but are mostly exaggerated because cowboys are manly, but a nurturing/feminine side is needed when taking care of the precious animals. In the interview, Jerry states that, “Cowboys… They always act so cool as if they don’t have a care in the world.
Young men in patriarchal societies encouraged to act in ways so that societal norms remain intact. In war zones when home and life are under threat and invaded upon, these norms get further strengthened. Young men are supposed to act out their masculinities by resisting the military invasion. The expectation to uphold the gender roles becomes far more demanding in war zones. In the context of the novel The Collaborator we see how often the narrator feels ashamed of himself as all his friends join the Jehad against India leaving him alone.