Machismo represents the male gender construct and stands as the leadership positon in which the father protects and provides for the family members, uses just authority and respects the role that both the wife and children play with in the family. Women and children are socialized to be submissive to male authority and the women’s role is clearly taking care of the home, the husband and the children (Coltrace, Park & Adams,
Troy did this to teach Cory to be responsible with his duties. “Troy: He’s alive. He’s healthy. He’s got to make his own way… Ain’t nobody gonna hold his hand when he get out there in that world.” ( Fences page 39). When Rose and Troy are talking about Cory, Rose says all Cory wants is for him to say “Good job, son.” Troy responds by saying that nobody is going to help Cory in the real world.
In comparison to “The Necklace”, the portrayals of men in “Soldier’s Home” are used to deduce that a hierarchical relationship between two genders exists. It strengthens sexism in the text through the traits of male characters. The qualities of men in this text are associated with violence and aggression. This is because the male in this text is depicted as dominant over female and authoritative in both society and house. Everything revolves around Krebs, who is the only male character present in “Soldier’s Home”.
Male privileges is a set of privileges that are given to men as a class due to their institutional power in relations to women as a class. In the case of Luscious Lyon (Terrance Howard) who stars as the main character embodies great power. Partially being so that he is the head of the house hold as well as the bread winner. He is highly respected by his family and those around him. Unlike his ex-wife Cookie who take the inferior role of her ex-husband.
He also starts the story like this to show how hardworking man Ed is. Using the basement building shows Ed character and way of uthinking. The building of the basement by Ed and not any other person is significant to the plot of the story since Ed looks for what happened throughout the story so the begining shapes the
For example, Walter Mitty becomes lost in elaborate fantasies in which he is the hero of the story and can do no wrong, these include becoming a high class doctor or a commanding officer in “full dress uniform, with the heavily braided white cap pulled rakishly over one cold gray eye”. In these situations he is completely in control, always using imperatives and people (mostly young men) listen to him. However, they are cliched and unrealistic, showing the depth of his imagination but lack of experience. For example, a commanding officer would never wear full dress uniform to do work (they are generally ceremonial) and there is no such thing as “streptothricosis” or “obstreosis”. This is then juxtaposed by his real life, where he is bossed around by his wife (this was published in 1942 when women were seen as weaker than men -making this power imbalance even more significant) and young men ‘grin’ mockingly at him, he has very little control and is always making mistakes.
According to The Way of the Samurai by William De Bary, “the business of the samurai is to reflect on his own station in life, to give loyal service to his master if he has one, to strengthen his fidelity in associations with friends, and, with due consideration of his own position, to devote himself to duty above all” (206). In Tokugawa Japan, this Way, also known as “bushido”, was founded by Yamaga Soko who “combined the virtues of Confucian scholar and warrior” (Schirokauer 361). Not only was bushido something that all samurai followed, but they were to adhere to the Confucian approach which “strives to fulfill the Way of the lord and subject, friend and friend, parent and child, older and younger brother, and husband and wife” (De Bary
Toula’s father’s “head of the house” mindset generates evidence of a eminently masculine household. Also, I recognized strong suggestions of a collective household through the closeness of the extended Portokalos family. This film also offers the undertones of a high-power distance through the actions and work environment of the Portokalos family. And simply watching Toula’s eye contact, I knew she would ultimately defy her family’s wishes. Toula’s father, Gus, views himself as the head of the household.