Role Of Women In English Proverbs

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Thousands of the blessings of Allah upon Holy Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (S, A, W), without whose guidance we are nothing. The work presented in this Thesis was accomplished under the inspiring sincerest and gratitude guidance of my enlightened supervisor Mr. Faraz Bughio, Department of English Language and Literature, University of Sindh Jamshoro. I privileged in taking the opportunity from core of my heart, for his dynamic supervision, marvelous guidance, keen interest and encouraging behavior, simulating discussion, invaluable suggestions and corrections, and masterly advice all the time during the entire study programme and preparation of this manuscript. I would like to thank my supervisor Sir Faraz Bughio for his guidance,…show more content…
The term Proverb is defined as, a short, well-known pithy saying, stating a general truth or piece of advice. Proverbs are linguistic adages which are the product of societies’ experiences and general observations. Different societies and cultures may share the same proverbs, or at least may express similar themes in different ways. Proverbs are short well-known phrases or sentences, which are usually the reflection of life. Proverbs are a part of language and a kind of idiom. They are phrases or sentences that spread among the forks with popular image and rich significance; they are also a form of folk literature; they have a long history recording experience of labors in different times; they stem from a wide origin: from literary works to folk stories, from religious beliefs to natural phenomenon, from realizations to experiences and wisdom of people in different times and different social classes; they include oral ones and written ones; they are accumulation and summary of people’s experience and are handed down from generation and generation ; they bring about deep effects on social…show more content…
These proverbs include: “Men are treated with respect, women are treated as inferior.” She also presented proverbs that referred to women’s lack of intelligence like stupidity: “There are no wise women”; lack of physical abilities like weakness: “Frailty, thy name is women; talkativeness: “Women talk about things senselessly”; and ill nature of women: “Women are devilish.” Hussein (2009:102) reported the following proverbs that “nullify” women and stress their inferiority to men: “Women are big, but are not great” (an Ethiopian proverb) and “Women and an invalid man is the same thing” (a Kenyan proverb). Zhang (2002) provided some Chinese proverbs in which women’s low status is reflected in the Chinese community as: “Sons are a gold wall, daughters are a clay wall.” This proverb shows that families can depend on their sons because they will always there for them, unlike daughters who leave their families once they get married. Another proverb which shows that women are trouble maker like “Once a daughter-in-law comes in, there is no peace in household.” All the above proverbs show the negative images of women and also perpetuate these images as they are transmitted from one generation to another. Women’s work-despite the much-publicized earnings of some high-fliers in the business world-remains lower paid; or, in the case of housework, not paid at all.
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