In the play, A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry, there are many examples of sexism throughout its entirety. The character, Walter, demonstrates the acts of a sexist human being. Walter is sexist to not only women in general, but to the women in his family. Not taking into consideration of other people’s sayings and their feelings, Walter generally only thinks about himself, says what he believes, and truly only cares about money. Walter constantly is fighting with all of the women in the family as well. His sister, Beneatha, wants to become a doctor and Walter isn't very supportive of her decision. Walter's wife, Ruth, is the recipient of the majority of Walter's anger and sexist remarks.
Many actions and ideologies of the characters in The Taming of the Shrew create an overarching conflict between comedy and sexism for most readers. Specifically, the relationships between the men and women introduce controversial topics such as obedience and love which must be questioned thoroughly. The conditions of Petruchio and Katherine’s marriage was more “traditional” in the sense that it was primarily patriarchal, and that Kate was expected to be subservient and obedient. While this is sexist, on the surface, this was not the intended meaning behind the works. Rather, this was meant to convey how outlandish such common ideologies were in an increasingly sophisticated society. By using extreme examples
In Euripides’s The Bacchae and in William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, I found the gender roles in these particular plays to be very interesting because this was my first exposure to cross-dressing in works of literature. In The Bacchae, women play a huge role because women are often portrayed as feminine and inferior in many past works, however, in The Bacchae, the women of Thebes decide to rebel against the men and join the Greek God of grape harvesting, wine, fertility, and partying, in the woods. The women were manipulated by Dionysus and were turned into maenads because they joined Dionysus and rejected the norms for women, to stay in their place and they all went from the first world they were living in, Thebes, to the second world,
Women’s place and role in the society is something that has been discussed and changed over time. Should their rights be the same as men’s? Should they be superior? Inferior? The world faces a dilemma on weather they should be or not equal as men. It seems like we arrived at a deadlock, where no progress can be made about it. We still have feminists fighting for their rights, but I doesn’t seem to work that much, although they have much more rights than they had fifty years ago. But the question that remains is: what is women’s and men’s role?
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver shows the women of the Congo as being the workers of the family. They take care of the children, going so far as to carry them around constantly once they reach a certain age, and they are responsible for all the housework. The females are seen as capable and have many responsibilities. In spite of this, the reality for the real women of the Congo is that they are in constant fear of being a victim of sexual violence. Sexual violence can happen anywhere, but in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) it occurs on a daily basis (Ganzamungu and Maharaj 737).
The basis of a story is built upon the effectiveness of it it's literally elements, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein is a fairly adequate representation of a story's development through gender roles and how they are viewed in the society written about in the novel. The second element being allusions made to Rime of Ancient Mariner, whose various expressions focus on the development and mentality of the monster. Both of which can be regarded as the foundation for the stories development and dictate the story's outcome.
Every person has something to contribute to society, regardless of age, sex or culture. The measurement of a person’s worth is determined by more than simply following rules and going through the motions. Accordingly, the combined contribution to society is more than the sum of each person. However, in The Chrysalids, by John Wyndham, the people of Waknuk live a life governed by strict social norms, which limits their expression of individuality. This pervasive attitude results in a narrow-minded perspective on what it means to be human. This contributes to a regulatory state and controlling authoritative figures. The end result of this is a stagnated society, which is intolerant of the free expression of one’s individuality and ultimately limits the advancement of society. Blind acceptance of traditions and strict social conformity can lead to the
Humans are inconsiderate for anyone aside from themselves. In this novel The Chrysalids, John Wyndham creates a society who exclude anyone different from them. The society is very religious and only listen to two books by heart. Mainly, the novel reveals people’s carelessness for humanity.
Throughout the book there were restrictions placed on women. Since the government attempts to control reproduction, they sterilize the fetuses of women, but the males are not sterilized. The government has no problem in leaving the society to only the males even if they aren’t healthy.
Many children are born into this messed up society of Waknuk, and they must all get normalcy certificates to prove that they are not a mutant. If they are proven to be mutants they will be banished from the society of Waknuk. The people of Waknuk go by the rules that Joseph Strorm has set even though he is not an official leader of Waknuk. Unfortunately, because David is the son of Joseph; he is unable to help Sophie and her family escape society of Waknuk superstitious behaviours. The people of Waknuk are morally wrong to abandon and abolish young children and infants if they are found to have an extra limb, or toe. They are so superstitious about mutations, that families end up turning on each other, even if it 's the smallest thing that won
The utopian society in the Brave New World can be compared and contrasted between our contemporary society using individualism, community and the human experience. The fictional novel by Aldous Huxley, published in 1932, is about a utopian society where people focus stability and community over individuality and freedom, but an outsider is introduced to intervene with the operation of the utopian state. In the contemporary world, people need to show individuality in their communities in order to survive, and to be human, one must show emotion, which is the opposite in the Brave New World.
The hands of each individual are stained with the creative colors that come from within their minds, used to express each one’s own individuality. In the books 1984 and Brave New World these rights are stripped away, not leaving anyone with even their own thoughts to cling to. The characters in these books are engulfed in societies that encourage unity and alikeness amongst everyone. They do not want anyone to have unique qualities at the risk of rebellion against the government. Dystopian literature often uses the id, ego, and superego to display behavioral attributes of these characters. In Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and George Orwell’s 1984, individuality is suppressed by the means of a lack in personal relationships
The society in Genesis seems to be one in which men and women have clearly defined roles and responsibilities. The men, keepers of covenants with God, seem to have greater control in the public sphere as they lead their families, fulfil religious, moral and divine duties, work for wealth and trade with each other. On the other hand, the women, seem to control the private sphere as they bear and raise children, care for their husbands, brothers and fathers and preserve family relationships. Naturally, this difference in dominance in the two spheres seems to suggest that men are more powerful in society. However, although it may seem that Genesis is set in a patriarchal society where the men dominate the public sphere, in reality, the women have
In the early nineteenth century, John Steinbeck wrote a short story titled “The Chrysanthemums” that broke ground on the repressed sexuality of women in that era. Women of the nineteenth century were extremely repressed by the patriarchal society that was in power in that era, so they often were not able to express their femininity and their sexuality. The Nineteenth century woman that “The Chrysanthemums” follows is Elisa Allen, a middle aged farmer's wife. Elisa dresses rather mannish in the beginning and throughout most of the story, excluding of course at the end of the story when she wears a dress to go out to town. Elisa is also exuberantly passionate about her chrysanthemums and her sexuality and femininity is linked directly to her flowers. Elisa felt dirty for expressing her sexuality towards the traveler, so to clean herself, she uses the rough pumice rock on her body..