Examine the view that in the literature of love, male characters are presented as coming to the rescue of female characters in their time of need. In the literature of love, particularly within the context of the Gothic and Victorian novel, thematic representation of the damsel in distress is frequently explored. Situating female characters in an inherent position of vulnerability, the stylistic usage of this classic archetype traditionally reflects hegemonically patriarchal ideas of the author’s own cultural and social context. Repressing female autonomy, European tales such as Rapunzel and Snow White situate the embodiment of the eternal feminine in a critical predicament, in desperate need of a chivalrous prince to come to her aid and save her and subsequently marry her. This notion is continually explored by Charlotte Bronte in Jane Eyre through the inherent depiction of Mr. Rochester as an intellectual and emotional outlet for Jane.
Intellectual words are mainly used when describing men’s ideas and thoughts while Loretta, as a woman, is being described to have “the grace of a slender flower - - and line of fine china.” This seems to contribute to the idea of an intentional use of gender roles to serve a purpose to the story. The personalities of the other characters in the story are quite different from each other and therefor the text does not create or bring up only one perception of women and men but make up a descriptive story that feels honest. The descriptiveness of the text further contribute to the conclusion that the gender bias is not enhanced or created in the text particularly but through the imagery of the time period there is evidence towards a more universal form of gender bias. The text uses the already existing gender bias as a way to reflect on the time and conditions of the
Kate proceeds to explain how valuable a husband is and how much effort and dedication they offer to their wife and in return the wife is expected to be submissive and servant to her husband. Though this was a definite change of heart for this character, this example institutes the gender roles that Shakespeare has been depicting throughout the entire novel. The Renaissance Era had strict gender expectations, and this play made no exception to these gender norms, and Shakespeare furthers this notion through Kate’s behavior at the end. Kate is clearly ready to be a servant to her husband and allow him to be the dominant of the two of them. The relationship between men and women is decidedly harsh, and Shakespeare supports this throughout his
Women are treated as inferior being and used by men as sex objects. Wollstonecraft believed that the quality of mind of women is the same with that of men, and therefore women should not be denied a chance for formal education that will empower them to be equal with men. In the book of Wife of Bath’s Tale, Geoffrey Chaucer shows the role of a woman being weak creatures while men are economically powerful and educated. Women are seen as inheritor of eve and thus causes
When I read the Lord of the Rings the consideration of inequality in gender roles did not occur to me, and my understanding of male and female roles was not disrupted. It is not sexists in any way, but it arouses discussions about its views of gender roles. Granted, Tolkien built a male dominated world where nearly every female is a background character, but there are three who have significant roles to play in the plot. 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.
Such concepts have been simply presented as a journey of seeking financial independence in Bronte’s Jane Eyre. The previous chapter has presents along the course of three sections a comparison between the novels Jane Eyre and Rebecca based on one of the elements of the female Gothic and deploying one of the approaches delineated in the second chapter. The analysis of the female Gothic setting has utilized the concept of the uncanny double mechanism starting with Freud’s definition of the uncanny effect. The research has built on the conventional portrayal of the Gothic setting which applies to Bronte’s Jane Eyre. Each of the novel’s settings acted as a double for the masculine figures inside.
“It seems to me that you might create any sort of character in a novel and there would be at least one person just like him.” -Natsume Sōseki. In Jane Eyre, this is clearly depicted through two important characters. By reading into Brontë’s writing style and looking at the characters’ internal actions, it can be determined that Bertha is the human manifestation of Edward Rochester’s evil personality. Her traits and actions correlate to the dark side of Rochester, and it is clear that she reflects his past. Knowing this, one can truly understand the reasons and meanings behind Rochester’s actions throughout the text.
As per usual, advancements in a story are made through various literary elements, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein is of no exception. Though what sets this authors use of these elements apart is the effectiveness in which they are presented in what can be considered a prologue of sorts, the letters. As a foreshadowing to what may occur between characters of differing sexes, gender roles are established. For the development of the a main character, Robert Walton, season (a key factor in character development as discussed in the literary work To Read Like A Professor) is described in thorough detail by non other than Walton himself, as he also goes on to discuss his opinion on it. Gender roles remain an important developmental tool
Good morning Ms. Rummel, my sole purpose today is to convince you of Penelope’s complete innocence. In the book the Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood, the tale of the Odyssey was retold through the eyes of Penelope, Odysseus’s wife. Towards the end of the book, when Odysseus returns to his home, Ithaca, he orders for Penelope’s twelve handmaidens to be hung, as a punishment for sleeping with the suitors during the twenty years when he was away. Many people believe that Penelope caused the murder of the twelve maids; however, if you pay close attention to the book and its subtext, there are many other people besides Penelope that have a larger claim to the responsibility of the maids’ murder. Through thoroughly analyzed evidence from the book itself,
Girls Will Be Boys and Boys Will Be Girls: Gender Confusion and Compulsory Heterosexuality in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Miller’s Tale On the surface, Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Miller’s Tale is a traditional fabliau, a bawdy tale of trickery, mistaken identity, and plenty of sex, designed to titillate and amuse the reader. The characters are typical of the trope: the effeminate buffoon, the lecherous lodger, the foolish husband, and his lusty wife. However, a closer reading, and application of the principles of queer theory, reveal The Miller’s Tale to have a deeper purpose than mere amusement. The main characters all behave in ways that are at odds with their stated desires and motivations, as well as their genders and professed sexual identities. These contradictions leave the careful reader conflicted and unable to adequately explain the author’s purpose.